Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best out of Waste : Broccoli Stalks Cold Soup


Its either ignorance or abundance that leads to good food go waste.Out of my sheer inexperience,just the florets were utilized and the nutritious broccoli stalks trashed.Fresh broccoli is not cheap,a head of broccoli costs about $2.25 per lb.And to let more than half of it go waste,is not just careless loss at nutrition but also to the wallet.Thanks to a this brilliant recipe,the stalks are now devoured in entirety.

A good source of calcium,there are about 30 calories per stalk,has 6 grams of carbs and 3 grams of protein.The broccoli stalks can be sliced or shred ,cooked or used raw in salad,in any recipe were broccoli is used.



In addition to the unused broccoli stalks,other versatile vegetables can be used in this chilled summer soup.

Recipe : Broccoli Stalks Cold Soup
Serves - 2
Ingredients
2 cups Broccoli Stalks(about 1 whole broccoli stalk) ,sliced
1 cup leafy greens(Spinach,kale or other mild greens)
2 cups vegetables(carrots,corn,peas,broccoli florets,cauliflower or others of choice)
1/2 a medium onion,chopped
few sprigs fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root,minced
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds(optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup low fat yogurt,whipped
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Method
Heat the oil in a saute pan,add the onions and let sizzle for about a minute,then add the rest of the vegetables,ginger,fennel seeds and broccoli stalks.Cover and cook until veggies are all lightly tender,about 5-6 minutes.Season with salt and pepper.Blend the cooked veggie mixture with 1 cup of water and the thyme leaves until smooth.In summers chill in fridge for 2-3 hours.Can be served warm in cold season.
Serve along side the thyme shortbread(recipe coming up later) ,swirl the whipped yogurt on top.


This is my contribution to the Best out of waste Food event.And also to the Souper Sundays

A question for my viewers,"What fruits\Vegetables have you learned to use efficiently?"

36 comments:

Kiran said...

Very good use of the broccoli stalks.Cold Soup looks very delicious.THanks for sharing.

Happy Cook said...

I also never throw the stalks away, make soup withy them. Love the cream design on them.
I don't like cold soups so i think i will take it warm.

Swathi said...

Broccoli stalk cold soup looks really good. Nice one.

anudivya said...

I love love the recipe, I always throw away the stalks, and this is a brilliant way to put it to use...
Beautiful header image by the way... I don't know why, I am seeing it only now.

Sayantani said...

we make dry curries with cauliflower stalks but this one is very new. looks so refreshing for the season.

Nitha said...

looks good.. nice recipe...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I always use my broccoli or cauliflower stalks. They so delicious! A great idea and lovely soup!

Cheers,

Rosa

divya said...

looks rich and delicious dear

Joanne said...

My mom used always yell at my brother and I that we couldn't just eat the tree part of the broccoli, we had to eat the trunks as well! This soup looks delicious, so vibrantly colored.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic!!

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Lovely healthy soup! I am loving it.

Priya said...

I dont discard broccoli stalks that much, i'll do curries with them, soup looks really thick and comforting, beautiful presentation Yas..

Srivalli said...

wow what a beautiful decoration on the soup..very neat idea to make it into a soup!

kristenly said...

beautiful soup! next time you make broccoli try peeling the stalk and slicing it thinly. i just learned this trick and now happily eat the stalk along with the rest of the broccoli. (the last post on my blog was actually a broccoli recipe)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Great job Yasmeen, really nice.

Faith said...

I don't usually do much with broccoli stalks, so I'm happy for this recipe. What a great idea!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! looks very good Yasmeen, nice soup. At present if i have to say something which i'm trying to use efficiently is watermelon.

Ivy said...

Great use of those stalks. The soup sounds delicious.

dining room tables said...

This is a pretty nice thing to do since food waste is pretty much a serious problem. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Beautifl presentation Yasmeen, absolutely delectable. Even I made a chutney out of broccoli stalks

3 hungry tummies said...

We always use the stalk in our stir fries. Nice and crunchy. Good way to use it in soup though.

Organic said...

I use the stalks for stews and stir fries.The soup is also fantastic.I have learned to used the root greens more efficiently.

Anonymous said...

FFFFFFFabulous!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Broccoli cold soup sounds very refreshing for this summer, beautiful presentation too...

GEETHA ACHAL said...

Beautiful Presenation...Tempting Soup...

April said...

Beautiful! I also like to use them for broccoli stem pickles - addictive! Great recipe, thanks!

Delishhh said...

I throw these out. What a great idea. THANK YOU!

Foodessa said...

Once the harder skin of the stalk is peeled...it is, I think probably the better part of the broccoli ;)
Love the food art you've given your soup.
Ciao for now and flavourful wishes, Claudia

5 Star Foodie said...

What a great idea! I will never throw broccoli stalks away again!

Sandra :) said...

My husband gets very cranky when I waste the broccoli stalks - he will LOVE this soup - I can't wait to try it! Your photography is stunning - I hope my soup looks as good as your photo!

Sweet Artichoke said...

What a delicious-looking soup! I love cold soups and brocoli :-) The yogurt design looks so artistic!

Debinhawaii said...

What a great way to save money and have delicious soup. Love the bright color and design on top. Thanks for joining in Souper Sundays--hope to have you back.
;-)

Johanna GGG said...

that presentation is amazing - I must learn to do that - and to reuse my broccoli stalks more creatively

Zibi said...

Very efficient use of your broccoli stalks. I've never had them in a cold soup but it does sound good.

I keep my veggie ends in the freezer for making chicken stock or veggie broth.

Bergamot said...

A good idea...very healthy too

motherrimmy said...

I made this last night from Floptimism's adaptation of your recipe. It was truly delicious. My hubby loved it! When I post my version, I'll be sure to link back to both of you. Have a good weekend.

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