We’re serving a creamy comforting broccoli cheese soup that is easy on the waistline. Today’s Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe will make your mouth and your hips happy!
As a mom, sometimes I have to stick to my guns, and sometimes I have to know when to give a little. Lines are often fuzzy and it can be tricky to determine which way to lean in any given situation.
Parenting is not for the faint of heart.
For instance, it’s important to stick to your guns when you discover one of your children is not wearing underwear to school. Or when brushing one’s teeth is suddenly considered optional. Or when you find a stash of matches hiding under your child’s bed. These examples may or may not have happened in our house at some point in time.
However, it’s less important to be ridged about meal time. As long as I know my kids are getting the nutrition they need, we can let a few treats slide here and there.
Best of all, sometimes there is a happy medium that satisfies everyone in the family.
This creamy Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe is a win-win for all of us.
It’s rich and cheesy, just like my classic decadent broccoli cheddar soup recipe. However, I used low fat milk instead of cream, reduced the cheese a little, and upped the veggie intake.
Therefore my Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe is slightly brothy, which I actually prefer, and is remorse free.
Loaded with flavor from the sharp cheddar cheese and lots of aromatic veggies, you won’t even miss the excess fat and calories, in this revamped soup recipe. I promise.
I’ve learned giving a in little on the comfort foods my kids love, gives me an opportunity to lighten up some of our traditional family favorites!
I’ve also learned that squeezing important nutrients into recipes, makes my kids healthier and gives them the energy and focus they need throughout the day.
I always try to start them out in the morning with protein to keep them full throughout the morning. This can come from eggs, nuts, or even a cool frothy glass of milk.
We often forget all the benefits of a simple glass of milk, like 9 essential nutrients including high quality protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium.
Milk’s ingredient list is short – simply milk and vitamins A and D, plus it is a farm-to-table food. No hormones, crazy chemicals, or preservatives added.
I was thrilled to find a way to incorporate low fat milk into today’s Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe. Not only does it reduce the calories while retaining a creamy consistency. It helps me meet the daily quota of important nutrients for my little guys!
Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe
Yield: 6+ servings
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe – An easy broccoli cheese soup recipe with reduced fat and calories, but amazing flavor!
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 4 cups low fat milk
- 12 ounces of small fresh broccoli florets (about 5 cups)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes to soften. Then add the flour and stir well so that the flour coats the onion pieces.
- Pour in the broth and low fat milk. Then stir in the broccoli florets, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the largest broccoli florets are tender.
- Finally stir in the shredded cheese. Stir to thicken the soup as the cheese melts. Then turn off the heat and serve.
Yield: 6+ servings, Serving Size: 1/6th recipe
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 341 Calories
- Total Fat: 20.1g
- Saturated Fat: 12.5g
- Cholesterol: 63mg
- Sodium: 1214mg
- Carbohydrates: 17.7g
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Sugar: 10.8g
- Protein: 22.7g
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Disclosure: The post is sponsored by MilkLife. All dairy loving opinions are my own.