Light + Rich Broccoli Yogurt Soup For Fall
If you have ever heard of the little city of Seattle, you may have also associated it with one word: RAIN. We don't know what to do here when it's hot out. There is an urban myth (or maybe it's a real fact?) that more sunglasses are sold in the Seattle are than anywhere else because we never know where ours are. And you know why? Because we never need them. It's always grey here and I like that a lot, thank you very much.
For reasons I will never understand, I love running in the rain. Since I'm from the Seattle area, the rain feels like home. It feels nostalgic even though it's an everyday occurence. I love puddle stomping. It's like a grownup excuse to stomp puddles for miles and miles. Also, it's way less hot to run when it's cold out. This is common sense, people. When I run in the rain I look like a sea monster instead of a flaming hot cheese puff. Which, in my book at least, is the better option.
When I get done running all I want to do is stuff my face. It's aggressive. After runs nothing sounds better than a cold beer, but that's obviously not the healthiest option after every run. Also, when I get back from running through the rain like a goddamn forest fairy I want something to warm me up. Which leads me to the point of this whole post: soup. In the few cold days we've had in September all I've been eating is soup. Soup all day. I even contemplated a breakfast soup this morning, which I realize sounds absurd. Is a smoothie bowl a breakfast soup? Does that count?
In an effort to get my greens, have a balanced meal, and warm up after my most recent run, I came up with this little gem. The secret ingredient? Bellwether Farms Sheep Milk Yogurt. It's tangy, it's light, it's full of protein, and I pretty much eat either that... or soup. It's a perfect healthy addition to my evening veggie intake. Sometimes I just need something a little more filling than veggies alone. You know? I also love that I can eat a GIANT bowl of this soup (let's be honest, I've never been a one serving kinda gal) and not feel like hot garbage the next day for overeating. I think I've found my new favorite meal.
Light + Rich Broccolli Yogurt Soup
This soup is delicious, easy to make, and virtually impossible to mess up (I'm looking at you, culinary klutzes.) The secret ingredient is sheep milk yogurt which I promise is way better than it may sound. Gluten free, vegetarian, and perfect for warming up after cold workouts.
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra to garnish
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
4 cups broccoli
3 cups broth (I like vegetable broth)
4 cups spinach
¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less if spicy isn't your thing)
¼ teaspoon black pepper, extra pepper to garnish
12 ounces plain yogurt (like Bellwether Farms Sheep Milk Yogurt)
Add olive oil to a large pot and cook on low heat.
Add in onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Toss in broccoli and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, cover.
Stir in broth and bring to a boil Simmer for another 5-10 minutes until broccoli is fully cooked.
Take off of the heat and stir in spinach, red pepper flakes, seasoning salt, and pepper.
Add soup to blender and pulse. (I like to use my Blendtec and the whole batch fits. You can also use an immersion blender). Blend until smooth. Two batches may be necessary.
Mix in 6 ounces of yogurt. Blend again.
Pour soup into bowls. Garnish with olive oil drizzle, black pepper, and a dollop of the remaining yogurt.
Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are. Inspired by this recipe.
ALSO, in September Bellwether Farms is partnering with the Whole Kids Foundation and donating $1 of every cup of yogurt sold to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Tastes good and does good? I think I'm in love.
If you are local to Seattle, I found my Bellwether Farms Sheep Milk Yogurt at the Whole Foods in South Lake Union, and I also heard from a very trusty source (my BFF, the internet) that Central Co-op on Capitol Hill carries it also. If you haven't been to the Co-op, stop reading this post and go. They have the BEST donut selection I've found in Seattle, and I consider myself kind of an expert.
Do you have any other soup recipes I should try? Send them allllll my way. I think I want chili next. Or like, right now.
PS- for those of you who have been following along for a while you might have noticed something odd about this recipe, it's not vegan! And that's kind of crazy! You're not drunk- keep your eyes peeled for a big update coming soon.