4/24/17

Menu Monday: Using up Left Overs: Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

I don't have any idea how regularly I will do a Menu Monday post but I like the idea of sharing a menu, recipe, or meal idea on a Monday.

Today I want to share a lunch idea using up leftovers. Not so much a recipe, but sharing what I did to use up left over broccoli.

If you were to ask my family if they like broccoli I am fairly certain they would look at you like you had two heads.  Like broccoli? I don't think so.

They might say "well I'll eat it," or they might respond with "I prefer it raw."

I've discovered though that Supergirl loves broccoli with cheese. Since I'm trying to get her to eat more veggies and we we are trying to get her to eat more protein we eat broccoli a few times a week.  Steamed.  For Supergirl I might sprinkle some Parmesan or shredded Cheddar on it.  Sometimes I splurge and buy those "microwave-in-a-bag" broccoli with cheese sauce.

Don't let them fool you though.  They like broccoli.  They just seem to think that they must hide it.  Maybe they are afraid if they admit it the world will explode.  People are not supposed to like broccoli right?

There is one way though that my family seems to LOVE broccoli. In soup.  Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

Using up leftovers! Broccolli Soup #MenuMonday @CirclingThroughThisLIfe.com
I almost forgot to take a picture! So you get a messy half full bowl. It was that good!

Sometimes the bag of frozen broccoli (okay okay most times!) is too much because there are only 4 of us eating instead of 5 or 6. I end up with leftovers.  Not quite enough to serve as a side dish for another meal but too much to throw away.

So the other day I made it into a soup.  I took the left over broccoli chopped it up a bit more and threw it in a pan and barely covered it with some chicken broth.  It was already tender from being steamed the night before so I wanted to be careful that I did not over cook it but I did want those steams to be even more tender.  Brought the broth to boil and then turned the heat down.  I stirred in some cheese and some half and half.  Decided it was a little too thin so mixed some cornstarch with water (not too much) and stirred that into it.  Creamy, cheesy, broccoli soup.  It fast.  It was easy.  It used up leftovers.

I have been told that I need cook broccoli this week.  A big bag.  You know so we can have some left overs to make soup.

What's on your menu this week?

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