Showing posts with label Meatless Mondays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Meatless Mondays. Show all posts

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Meatless Monday: Broccoli Cheese Soup


If you’ve read my other posts, such as “Why I choose to eat meat,” you know I’m a full-fledged omnivore, and not the least bit interested in trading in my steak knife. Occasionally, however, I do think it is perfectly acceptable to have a meat-free meal as I believe in providing a variety of proteins in my family’s diet. But be forewarned: my broccoli soup is far from vegan. The dairy cow was my best friend in helping me achieve this delicious, kid-approved meal.

Finally, My Perfect Broccoli Cheese Soup

I learned to love broccoli cheese soup after having it at several restaurants. It was also a food I never had a problem getting the kids to eat. I’ve tried a few recipes, but never quite got one I loved until this one. I started with a recipe I found online, and modified it a bit after trial and error (believe me, I had lots of errors. The last time I made it, I accidently used seafood stock instead of chicken stock – my sensitive-palleted husband was not happy).

Ingredients:
Large broccoli crown or 2 small crowns – You need about 3 cups of chopped broccoli
1 medium onion
1 large carrot
3 Tbs. butter for onion
½ stick butter for rue
½ cup wheat flour
2 cups milk & 2 cups heavy cream (or use 4 cups half and half)
4 cups of chicken stock
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Involve your kids! Learning to cook encourages them to try new foods.
  1. Sautee’ a medium white or yellow onion in 4 tablespoons of butter. Set aside.
  2. Chop broccoli into fine pieces (about 3 cups). Set aside.
  3. Grate a large carrot or several baby carrots. Set aside.
  4. In a stockpot, melt a stick of butter (1/2 cup) and add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Slowly add a mixture of 2 cups milk and 2 cups heavy cream while stirring.
  6. Add 4 cups of chicken stock and simmer for 20 minutes. You may need to turn up the heat a bit, but be sure to stir often.
  7. Add the broccoli, onions and carrots. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Salt to taste (my kids don’t like pepper, so I don’t use it). I also learned something from seeing the Voltaggio brothers (Top Chef) at the Incredible Food Show in Kentucky. “If something doesn’t taste quite right, you probably only need to add salt or sugar.”
  9. Add 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, and stir until melted.
  10. Serve with your favorite bread, another serving of veggies, and fruit for dessert.




Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Meatless Mondays - What experts and consumers really think

I ran across this interesting blog from the Center of Food Integrity regarding Meatless Mondays. It refers to a survey where consumers and dietary experts were asked about the newest food trend.

Out of the 274 responses received, nearly 20 percent of the respondents fully support the concept while nearly half said they support a balance of all types of food, including meat. One-third of the respondents indicated meat should be a regular feature in their diet. View the blog for a list of comments.

I usually hear promoters say that reducing meat consumption reduces carbon footprint, but my feeling is that it starts with groups like PETA and HSUS trying to find a better way to reduce animal consumption all together. I can think of a number of reasons why it is more eco-friendly to include meat in your diet every day, but I will leave it up to the experts.

Here is a great resource regarding the environmental benefits of meat consumption: http://www.kylivestock.org/steakoutthefacts
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