Broccoli and Cheese Soup


I think everyone has their own way of making broccoli cheese soup. There are loads of recipes on the net. You could be looking for hours to find just the right one. What is fun about cooking is you can make your food exactly the way you and your family like it. The below is my recipe. I don’t have a photo of mine so I have used Mel’s photo. If you pop over to Mel’s website you can also take a look at her fun recipes!
Enjoy ~ Sarah xxxx

Broccoli and Cheese Soup


2 bunches of fresh broccoli (You can use frozen)
1/2 cup of celery
3 small potatoes (chopped finely)
2 cups chicken stock (you can use veggie stock or just water if you want)
1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra 1/2 cup for topping when finished)
1 heaping cup of regular gouda cheese (remove rind) Or (use another type of cheese you like)
1/2 cup grated carrots (I will sometimes leave out the carrots)
1 white large onion or 2 small onions (2/3 cup to 1 cup)
3 large cloves of garlic (chopped/minced)
1/2 tsp ginger (I use fresh) (I keep my ginger in the freezer and grate it frozen)
1 cup cream (or use sour cream or milk, or coconut milk)
3 TBSP all purpose flour (GF flour) or (grated potato to thicken)
3 TBSP butter
2 bay leaves
1 tsp garlic powder (you can leave this out and add more minced garlic instead)
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp dried basil (or 1/4 cup of fresh basil)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t like it hot or more if you do)
salt & white pepper to taste

Sauté onions, celery and garlic, cook out your spices, then add the rest of the veggies then add stock and simmer for 15 to 25 mins. We have our own veggie garden plus we get organic veggies deliverd each week so I might switch out some of the veggies from time to time. Oh… you do not have to use only organic veggies, just use what you have and what you like. Add cream and cheese last and make sure you warm it up and melt the cheese. If it is looking too chunky I will use a potato masher to mash it up. I will had more cheese to garnish. Oh… If you are making it for a super large family I just double the recipe and/or add more stock, water or cream. I also will add dried chili peppers for more heat and a dash of lemon, apple cider or lime to brighten it up. I serve it with crusty garlic bread.

Recipe – Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup


Had to share, this is so yummy. Recipe source is at the bottom of my post. I’m always looking for good soup recipes. We try to have soups through the week as we have a son with dry skin and soup helps sneakily hydrate him! Love the idea of mashing beans to thicken the soup instead of using flour or cream. Enjoy!
~ Sarah

Ingredients for 4 Servings:
6 slices bacon
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 cans black beans, rinsed, plus 1 can of water
pinch dried oregano
pinch cayenne
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
salt and pepper to taste

For the relish
1/3 cup minced green onion
2 tsp crushed or minced red chilies
juice of one lime
green onions to garnish
sour cream to garnish


Recipe – Nachos


extra virgin olive
400g lean beef mince
1 onion (chopped)
1 small red chilli (finely chopped)
3 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup tomato
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
1 cup tomato passata
400g can red kidney beans (drained)
Dash of lime or lemon (plus or minus zest)
Salt and pepper
1¹/³ cups grated cheddar
1 avocado (sliced)
1/2 cup sour cream
corn chips

Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a frypan over high heat. Cook 400g lean beef mince, stirring,
for 5-8 minutes or until well browned. Transfer to a bowl. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan and reduce heat to medium.

Cook 1 onion (chopped), 1 small red chilli (finely chopped), 3 tsp ground cumin and 2 tsp ground coriander for 2-3 minutes. Add mince, 2 tbsp tomato paste, 1 cup tomato passata and 400g can red kidney beans (drained) and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Place in an ovenproof dish, top with grated cheddar and cook under a hot grill for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Or pop in microwave to melt cheese and heat corn chips.

Add 1 avocado (sliced), 1/2 cup sour cream and corn chips.

Add rice on the side to feed tummy’s that require extra filling 🙂

This recipe is from of course I add my own twist to it 🙂