Super close to Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup

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I’ve been trying recipes that claim to be “copycat Panera Bread” Broccoli Cheddar soups for a couple years now and haven’t found any to my liking – until tonight.  I almost never post a recipe same day, but this soup was SO close to Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar soup that I couldn’t wait to share.

For all the primal peeps out there – substitute arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.  I used flour because I didn’t have arrowroot on hand this time around.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ medium chopped onion
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup flour (or arrowroot powder)
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • lots of fresh broccoli (I used about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup carrot, julienned
  • 8-16 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (depending on how much cheese you like)
  • salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Saute the onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter and set aside. In a large pot whisk together the melted butter and flour over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Slowly whisk in the half and half and chicken stock. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli, carrots, and onions. Let them simmer on medium low for about 25 minutes until the broccoli and carrots are tender.
  4. Add salt and pepper and sharp cheddar cheese. Let the cheese melt and then serve. For a smoother soup puree it with a handheld blender, but I kept it chunky.  SO yummy!
  5. Enjoy!

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Primal Crockpot Beef & Broccoli w/ Cauliflower Rice

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I’ve tried a couple Beef & Broccoli recipes before finding this beauty.  The previous attempts all yielded very tough beef, something I can’t stand.  This recipe, though, is really yummy – great sauce for the “rice” and tender, chewable beef.

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli

1 lb of beef, cut into strips.  I buy stir fry beef.

1 cup of beef consomme  (I have used beef broth successfully as well)

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1/3 cup of coconut sugar (I buy this)

1 T of sesame seed oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

about 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder

2 T of beef broth after the meat has cooked

3 broccoli crowns, cut into small florets, & steamed

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Place beef, sliced, in crockpot.  In a small bowl, mix together consommé, soy sauce, coconut sugar, sesame oil, & garlic.  Pour mixture over beef.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours (depending on how hot your crockpot runs).

Once beef is cooked, cut up & steam your broccoli florets.  I cooked mine for about 8-9 minutes.

While your broccoli is steaming, remove 2 T of beef liquid.  Stir in 1 tsp of arrowroot powder until well mixed.  Add that back into the crockpot and stir until thickened.  Add more arrowroot powder if necessary.

Add in broccoli and stir.  Cook about 10 minutes, to incorporate flavors.

Serve over cauliflower rice.  Enjoy!

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Roasted Broccoli

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This is a simple recipe for a veggie side to all the meat we eat as low-carb people.  I tend to shy away from broccoli as I don’t like it all that much, but this recipe actually made me go for seconds.  If you’ve got a picky eater (kid or husband!) maybe this recipe will help 🙂

Roasted Broccoli

2-3 broccoli crowns, chopped into small florets

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

4-5 Garlic Cloves, minced

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Line your baking pan with tin foil and grease it.  Put your broccoli on your baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, & garlic.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the broccoli is a crispy-tender and the tops of the broccoli florets are starting to brown a bit.

After you take out of the oven, place broccoli on paper towel and drain the excess oil off.  Put in a serving dish and enjoy!

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