I love creamy soup. Really, really love creamy soup! Since taking dairy out of my diet for the most part as I eat for my genotype, (I make exception from time to time), I miss my cream of mushroom, cream of leek…you get my drift.

So when a desire to use up some Brussels sprouts turned into a wonderful, creamy soup I was a very happy girl!

Now, I can’t take credit for the recipe, that goes to Rita on food.com website; but what I did do was adapt it by taking the dairy out and making a few other tweaks here and there.

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Here is what you need. Ingredients:

1 tbsp. ghee (or grass fed butter)

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1/4 cup grated carrot

14 fresh cloves of garlic, roughly chopped and divided

3 cups fresh or thawed Brussels sprouts, quartered

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. dried parsely

6 cups vegetable or chicken broth

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)

1 cup almond or nut milk of your choice (you can still use cream or milk if you want!)

What To Do:

1. In a large pot warm up the ghee (or melt the butter) together with the oil.

2. Sauté the onions and carrots, when the onions start to turn clear add half the garlic and continue sautéing for about 3-4 minutes.

3. Add the Brussels sprouts, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, broth, salt and cayenne if using. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

4. Add the remaining garlic.

5. Add the nut milk or milk, and blend with an immersion blender (or pour into a glass blender)

6. Serve with fresh grated pepper and fresh parsley if you have it!

7. Pair it with a couple of small slices of my Clean Flaxseed Focaccia!

Serves 6-10. Make a big batch and you can freeze it for later!

 

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Benefits of Brussels Sprouts 

Brussels Sprouts are obviously a healthy food item; but they probably have more benefits than you know. They are not only a good source of protein, iron and potassium, but they also have other benefits that can boost your health. Brussels Sprouts contain many micronutrients that are essential in your everyday diet. Some of the nutrients they have are:

Antioxidants 

Brussels sprouts contain certain antioxidants compounds that offer protective benefits. Brussels sprouts contain compounds called glucosinolates and isothiocyanates that can reduce your risk of cancer.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for normal growth and development as it keeps your immune system strong. It also maintains the health of your skin, teeth and gums. Vitamin C protects your cells which can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Fiber

Brussels Sprouts contain fiber. Fiber keeps your digestive system healthy, encourages regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. It also assists in reducing cholesterol levels, lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Folate

Folate might reduce your homocysteine levels, which can reduce your risk of heart disease, according to MayoClinic.com. Usually called folic acid, it is a B vitamin that is present in Brussels sprouts. It plays a role in the maintenance of DNA.

 

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