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Broccoli’s Hot and Spicy Soup

Nobody has ever complained at home about eating broccoli or cauliflower or any kind of vegetable. My daughter eats all kind of veggies since she was a baby and teaching her palate has enabled her to enjoy so many dishes.

Some of her school companions that came invited for lunch would always tell me… Ugh, I never eat green things… or, I don’t like broccoli… or, I always eat chips and pork meat… or, what are these small red pieces here? are they peppers?… or, I only like egg’s yolk…

To avoid getting into trouble with them or listening to their complaints and getting annoyed, I always made macaroni when a friend of my daughter came for lunch. I’m not their mom and it’s not my business to teach them to eat properly.

But today’s recipe is not a macaroni’s one, it’s a new broccoli one I found in a magazine and thought… why not? let’s give my boring steamed broccoli a hot twist! And I tell you that it was a wonderful idea!
Again, I’m trying a new ingredient in my kitchen: Flax seeds which according to wikipedia:

Flax seeds contain high levels of lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans may benefit the heart, possess anti-cancer properties and studies performed on mice found reduced growth in specific types of tumors. Initial studies suggest that flaxseed taken in the diet may benefit individuals with certain types of breast and prostate cancers. Flax may also lessen the severity of diabetes by stabilizing blood-sugar levels. There is some support for the use of flax seed as a laxative due to its dietary fiber content though excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage. Consuming large amounts of flax seed can impair the effectiveness of certain oral medications, due to its fiber content.

They couldn’t be healthier!!! I’m sending this recipe over to Kalyn’s kitchen and her World Wide known Weekend Blogging Event which this week is hosted by: We are Never Full - Amy and Jonny’s shinny, creative and amusing blog! Get over there for the round up next week :D
Important notice: you will have to prepare a special oil for this dish 2 days ago! Really easy, don’t miss the recipe because you feel lazy to prepare it… You can use it in other dishes too :D

Ingredients for 4 servings: 1 broccoli, 1 medium/big onion, 1 glass of cream (nata líquida), 1 spoontable of flax seeds, 1 garlic clove, olive oil, black ground pepper and salt. Ingredients for the special oil: half a glass of olive oil, 1 red hot pepper, 2 drops of tabasco and a pinch of oregano.

  • Prepare the oil for the dressing: half glass of olive oil, add the red hot pepper, the tabasco drops and the oregano and wait for two days until you use it.
  • Clean and wash your broccoli and save a couple or 3 small bunches to decorate the plate. Mince the onion and garlic.
  • Pour some olive oil in a pot, enough to cover its surface and add the onion, stir and cook at low heat for 5 minutes and add the garlic. When fragrant add the broccoli and cover with 1 liter of water. Cook for 35 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  • Use a food processor to blend the ingredients and when you get a fine puree add the cream, taste and add salt and pepper accordingly, cook for 5 more minutes and it’s done.
  • Boil the bunches of broccoli you reserved in salty water for 8 minutes.
  • Prepare the plate with the soup, the broccoli bunches and the Lax seeds on top.
  • Pour some of the hot spicy oil you prepared as a dressing.

Cook it yourself and enjoy!

You have now the first dish of the menu… would you like to try this as a second?


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10/18/2008 · 23:12 h by Maryann

I would not turn this soup down ;)

10/18/2008 · 23:59 h by Peter G

I often enjoy a good broccoli soup Nuria! This is a wonderful recipe with the flaxseed and the spiciness of the chilis.

10/19/2008 · 4:16 h by Nathan

I started liking vegetables as I got older around 16 yrs. old I really appreciated them and seeked em out (heck helps you stay lean and in good health)

About the flax seed in Mexican NON-conventional medicine they drink “Te de Linaza” (Flaxseed Tea) which is just flaxseeds soaked in a huge pitcher of water then drained after the water get’s thicker it’s “para acer bien del baño jaja”

Then me personally I use it in my morning shakes, I grind a bunch into a powder and freeze it in air tight bags then I just add 1 tablespoon or 2 to my shakes to give them a “healthy boost of cholesterol lowering good fats, plus fiber” :)

Also you can use flax seed to replace eggs in certain baked goods. By whisking 1 tablespoon of ground to a powder flaxseed with 2 tablespoons warm or hot water until it thickens it will serve as a binder. It won’t be good in everything but I’ve tried it in oatmeal cookies only because I ran out of eggs before so it’s my emergency replacement sometimes.

10/19/2008 · 9:21 h by Andrew Abraham

Your Broccoli soup looks amazing… I am looking forward to reading and trying your other spanish recipes… thanks


10/19/2008 · 9:33 h by Emiline

Mmm, that sounds good. I love broccoli.

Good for you, teaching your kids how to eat well! My parents taught me to eat my veggies too

10/19/2008 · 11:50 h by Passionate About Baking

This soup looks great Nuria…& yes, I have picky eater kids friends too, which drives me to desperation. Mine are quite OK, not as good as I’d like them to be, but veggie options are on my look-out list. This is a wonderful find. The daughter loves brocolli & hates soup, & the son likes soup, but hates brocolli. I think I’ll hit 2 birds with 1 stone here. xoxoxo

10/19/2008 · 15:19 h by Lori

The soup looks great! I think I will have to try this one.

I trained my daughter’s palate as well. Since she was a baby we fed her all kind of nutritious things. We have continued in that for some time. I am sorry to report that she falls into that category of “yuck green stuff”! I could just cry! She is five. Maybe she will revert!

10/19/2008 · 15:45 h by gkbloodsugar

I wouldn’t complain either.
Looks great.

10/19/2008 · 17:28 h by Ivy

Unfortunately my kids are like the friends of your daughter but I am sure they will appreciate them one day. Your soup sounds very original but I don’t know what flax seeds are so I will have to look it up.

10/19/2008 · 21:04 h by Bellini Valli

I remember the days when my daughters friends would be invited to lunch or dinner. I remember making homemade macaroni and cheese where the neighbours children were used to eating Kraft from a box. The gagging noises could be heard across the street…wink…wink…We are so lucky our children have seasoned palates to enjoy everything life has to offer Nuria!!

10/20/2008 · 0:52 h by StickyGooeyCreamyChewy

I know what you mean about entertaining kids who are picky eaters. My daughter would always at least try everything and I am always amazed at parents who don’t even attempt to educate their kids!

This soup would be a popular item in our house. We love everything with broccoli and it looks delicious!

10/20/2008 · 6:16 h by PG

that’s a lovely soup for sure! simple but full of flavours. will try it out for sure.

10/20/2008 · 10:14 h by kittie

I love broccoli… and hot and spicy soup! Great combo!

10/20/2008 · 11:54 h by Peter M

I’ve always loved broccoli and cauliflower. It’s soup season and I’m waiting for my bowl, por favor!

10/20/2008 · 17:05 h by Núria

Thanks Maryann :D

I love broccoli too Peter, and yes those tips made it special :D

Nathan… you are my private enciclopedia!!! What will you tell me when you are 30???? I love eating healthy too… but is funny how different the word can be depending on the country you live! I mean that mediterranean diet is sooooo good… but your shakes must be too much (meaning sooo good too)!!!! ;D

Thanks Andy! Welcome to Spanish Recipes :D. Hope you enjoy the rest and thanks for commenting.

Hola Emiline! Good girl!

Hola Deeba :D. I’m sure your kids eat well… look at all your dishes!!!

Hola Lori! Welcome to Spanish Recipes and thanks for commenting :D. I wouldn’t force my daughter to eat but I would keep on trying… don’t give up ;D

Hola Bloodsugar! Welcome to Spanish Recipes :D. Thanks for commenting.

I’m sure your kids will learn one day Ivy. Just look at their mother ;D.

Val, I wish we could be neighbours!!!!

Hola Susan :D… Still no artichokes on sight… can’t wait to cook your book’s recipe!
Your daughter looks so sweet and so smart, sure she eats everything ;D

Hola PG! Welcome to Spanish Recipes and thanks for your kind words. Hope you enjoy it!

Then this is your house, Kittie!

Two bowls for Tall Peter!!!! Marchando ;D

10/21/2008 · 1:40 h by Kalyn

I have a hard time being patient with picky eaters, even if they’re kids. The soup sounds great to me, and great idea to use flax seed in soup.

10/22/2008 · 5:29 h by Jude

I only use flaxseeds in protein shakes, which is a shame. Thanks for this idea!

10/22/2008 · 7:50 h by Núria

Thanks Kalyn :D

Hola Jude! I should start preparing shakes… sounds really interesting :D

10/22/2008 · 13:42 h by tigerfish

You are very creative :)

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