Broccoli. Children around the world are scared of the word itself. But I don’t know why. Maybe they have been fed soggy and bland broccoli dishes with mostly overcooked vegetables. Which is a shame, because it is one of the tastiest. And I really mean it. If accompanied with other flavorful vegetables like leek, it becomes more and more a winning combination. Add little bits of meat to enhance flavor and make dish suitable as a main course, and you saved the day.
This is a super easy soup for those days when you simply can’t or don’t want to put yourself together for preparing a “full meal”. And by “full” I mean 2-3 course, and by no means missing on anything nutritious.
Again, we are avoiding some allergens. In our case it is dairy, eggs and nuts. The baby has all these allergies confirmed, and we do not want to feed the mommy anything that could trigger any unpleasantness with the little on or even be dangerous. So we invent new recipes, and this one came out GREAT.
Preparation is pretty straightforward and not time consuming at all. The end result is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. And because it contains potatoes and meat, no one will be hungry and bitching about how he or she only got soup for lunch. This is real food for real people.
- 1 broccoli
- 2-3 medium size potatoes
- 1 red onion
- ½ leek
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder*
- Dried basil *
- Chicken fillet
- A pinch of paprika*
- ½ dcl white wine
*Check packaging for allergens!
Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Add leeks and onion and let onion get a bit “glassy” and leeks vibrant green (unless you used only the white part. You can wait your whole life and it won’t get green), stir occasionally.
Meanwhile, slice the chicken fillet to stripes and season them with salt, pepper, paprika and dried garlic powder. Heat up some oil in a pan and brown it.
Beware of burning! You have paprika and garlic in there, which are huuuge burning/nasty bitterness hazards., Don’t over do the pan action.
Once the onion and leeks look fine, add broccoli and potatoes and wait for potatoes to start smelling nice. Burning hazard, again. Pour in half the glass of wine which hopefully you didn’t drink while cutting and prepping, and water, which I’m sure you didn’t drink. Let the soup simmer for half an hour. Check if the potatoes are cooked and if they are, mash the soup. Mash it, don’t blend it. It is nice to preserve some texture of your ingredients.
Mash it, don’t blend it. It is nice to preserve some texture of your ingredients.
Add the meat – and don’t dare wasting the juices – that is pure flavor! Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Serve and try not telling your children there is broccoli in there. They might like it if they don’t know. 😉