This is a nice way of using up brocoli stalk. We tend to stir fry the florets or use them in our favorite brocoli recipes, but what about the stalk? Does it go in the bin? Well…(ashamed look) at times yes i do tend to put it in the bin, but then i thought i could do something with it. Yes we can use it in our vegetable stock (but then again what do we do with the stock? So…. i thought let me make a 100% non fat soup and have all of you bless me !!!!! I had it as part of a light meal, and it was not bad at all. Infact i added a few drops of tabasco to it and that perket it up a lot. This recipe does not contain any type of fat or oil. If you want you can add some milk or cream to enrichen it or some butter. I will just give you the simple recipe the way i made it and then all the options…
INGREDIENTS FOR TWO HUNGRY SOUP LOVING PEOPLE:
2 bowls of brocoli stalk… just cut off the stalk, peel it and chop it
1 small white onion, quartered
1 small potato, quartered
1 stock cube of your choice
4 bowls of water
Place all the ingredients in a pressure cooker or normal pan and cook for 5-7 minutes (3 pressure whistles) or till done. Let the pressure cooker cool if using one and be careful when opening it. Let the mixture cool thoroughly. If you like it thicker add less water. Put it in the liquidizer (i used my amazing bullet) and puree it totally.
This is your healthy soup and can be eaten with a dash of pepper, or tabasco. Add some salt if you need.
NITU DIDI OPTIONS:
You can add a knob of butter while heating .
You can add less water and then add some milk for a different texture and taste
You can also add soya milk if you are lactose intolerant
You can omit the onion if you are Jain.
You can add different vegetables like a bit of courgette/zuchini (turai) but i think this combination is nice
You can use a vegetable stock cube or a chicken one or omit it totally
You can add some ginger to this if anyone at home has a cold or cough
If making this for a party you can serve them in cute glasses !!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROCOLI STALKS:
one stem contains more vitamin C than a medium orange. One broccoli stem contains 32 calories, 3.4 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 55 milligrams of calcium, 1 milligram of iron, 370 milligrams of potassium, 106 milligrams of vitamin C and 456 International Units of vitamin A.