Green Curry Broccoli Soup

Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup (2 versions) http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Vi

We partnered with the team at Half Your Plate for this post.  I developed this Green Curry Broccoli Soup to bring some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup – and I made 2 versions!

It's funny how people assume that eating paleo is all about meat, but I've gotta tell you that since I've adopted the paleo lifestyle as the basis of my eating strategy I eat way more vegetables.  After my trip to Thailand I even tried a brief stint as a vegetarian (thought I don't think I lasted long enough to even use that term hahaha).  Before discovering The Paleo Solution I had read many things about societies with the healthiest and oldest populations.  One of the common habits associated with longevity is a diet rich in vegetables.

One of the pharmacies I used to work in had an educational nutrition course for interested patients and customers.  The guidelines that it used were based on the National Food Guide, which for a lot of people is an improvement on many peoples' diets, but still promotes a lot of whole grains.  The vegetable portion of the plate was only 1/3 (along with 1/3 starches and 1/3 proteins).  Again, it's a step in the right direction for a lot of people.

Holley and I were introduced to the the Half Your Plate project a few years ago when they were just starting up.  We were immediately in support of the idea.  Aiming for a minimum of half your plate to be vegetables is part of our strategy eating real food in our paleo life.  Make it rich in flavor and you've joined us in our wheelhouse.

I developed this Green Curry Broccoli Soup recipe to achieve a flavorful vegetable-rich dish.  Thai curries are some of my favorite dishes for boosting my vegetable intake while keeping my taste-buds happy at the same time!

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Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup (2 versions) http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Vi

Green Curry Broccoli Soup – Pt.1 – Creamy


  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Yield: 8 cups

Description

Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup. This is a smooth creamy broccoli soup. (Continue to second recipe for chunky soup)


Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic (crushed/diced)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • (optional) green chili peppers – if you like it hot. I used 4 (diced)
  • (optional) 3 kaffir lime leaves (pull out the big middle stem then finely mince the leaves)
  • (optional) 8-10 inches of lemongrass
  • 1 L chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 medium heads of broccoli (chopped – include stems)
  • (optional) 3-4 tsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 tsp lemon juice to taste
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • salt to taste
  • (optional) dollop of coconut whip cream (looks pretty and adds extra creaminess)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute onions, garlic, and salt in coconut oil. Stir occasionally until onions are translucent.
  2. Add chicken broth and curry paste, stiring until paste is dispersed. Add broccoli (include chili peppers, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass if using), increase temperature to high until boiling, then reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes (broccoli stems should be soft).
  3. Allow to cool a bit, remove lemongrass, then use immersion blender to cream ingredients. (If no immersion blender, use blender – but allow to cool a bit more if you're using a blender – Safety first!)
  4. Stir in coconut milk, lemon juice, and fish sauce (taste test here and ensure the flavors are balanced, including salt).
  5. Now it's your choice: stay with this Creamy Green Curry Broccoli Soup, or add some more bulk with bonus vegetables (see recipe below for second option).
  6. Optional: add in a dollop of coconut whip cream once served in bowl (it looks pretty and adds some extra creaminess).
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Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup (2 versions) http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Vi

Green Curry Broccoli Soup – Pt.2 – Chunky


  • Author: Raj - www.ThePrimalDesire.com
  • Yield: 10-11 cups

Description

A creamy Green Curry Broccoli soup is great, but why not add more vegetables for a little extra substance?


Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower (chopped)
  • 1 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, or bok choy (I used bok choy)
  • 2 cups broccoli (chopped)(it's broccoli soup, so why not add a little more??)
  • (optional) any other veg! I recommended trying mushrooms, bell peppers, potatoes, etc.
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced on the diagonal)

Instructions

  1. Add all vegetables except green onions to the creamy soup from above and allow to simmer until vegetables are desired texture.
  2. Stir in green onions, or sprinkle on top and enjoy!

Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup (2 versions) http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Vi

Green Curry Broccoli Soup brings some exciting flavor to a classic vegetable soup (2 versions) http://wp.me/p4Aygm-1Vi

 

We were compensated and this post was sponsored by Half Your Plate.
2018-03-21T20:05:19+00:00

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!

13 Comments

  1. Aimee February 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Hey there – now that is what I call double the fun. Can’t wait to try these out! So I see you say the lemongrass and lime leafs are optional – not sure I can even find them around me, should I substitute something else for these items? Would t
    Leaving them out make it a bit more bland? Thanks

    • Raj February 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Aimee! Congrats on making the 4 week challenge (and thanks for encouraging us to do it)!

      The lemongrass and lime leaves are in most green curry pastes, but I find adding more fresh or frozen adds quite a bit of depth to the flavor. I’m sure you’d be able to find some in an Asian market, a large grocery chain (north of the border I think the Real Canadian Super Store carries them in the produce and possibly the frozen food section), or maybe even Amazon. Without using these ingredients… in theory you could add a little more paste, but as I said I find the fresh/frozen ingredient adds that extra complexity to the flavor profile.
      Hope that helps!

  2. Mdivadomestica March 4, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Love that you have included 2 variations of the soup. It sounds amazing!

    • Raj March 4, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Thank you Diva D!

      And even though they seem so similar, they are quite different experiences.

  3. janet @ the taste space March 4, 2016 at 10:20 am - Reply

    People think being vegan and paleo are complete opposites, but a healthy vegan diet is probably what most of our ancestors ate along with the occasional meat. Nice to hear that you increased your vegetable consumption.

    • Raj March 4, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Have you heard of “Pegans”? The Paleo-Vegans? I love when those of us with different food views can connect on our core values of real food that is delicious! Thanks Janet!

  4. Teresa March 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I really want to try the chunky version – the more vegetables, the merrier!

    • Raj March 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      May as well try both, Teresa, since the creamy one is the first step 😉

  5. Raj March 4, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    ***I often add fruit to my Thai curries, and just for fun cut up some bananas and added them to my leftover chunky soup***

  6. Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor March 5, 2016 at 8:36 am - Reply

    OMG yum! I love green curry chicken, and love this spin on it as a soup! Love your Half Your Plate post Raj 🙂

    • Raj March 5, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Thanks Taylor! Your HYP Cantaloupe and Cucumber Pops look great too!

  7. Ruth March 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Just finished making the second version. Did not have lemon grass or lime leaves, but it is a very tasty pot of soup. Dad is enjoying a big bowlful after playing hockey this morning. We both really like the flavours. Thanks, Raj!

    • Raj March 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Cool. I bet some of that fish he caught would be great in here too…

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