Claire’s Broccoli Velvet Soup

January 18, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloomin in the Kitchen, What's New, soup

bloombroccoliLuxurious creamy soups, without the cream, is always a welcoming sight during the winter months. Delicious and healthful, quick and easy to prepare.

Sprinkle  toasted pine nuts or cumin toasted pumpkin seeds on top and you have a great meal.

3 Tablespoons organic dairy-free “Buttery Spread”
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Large organic red or yellow onion (I like using ½ of each color) coarsely chopped
1 Large bunch broccoli, tough bottom stems trimmed and discarded, coarsely chopped
Sea salt and pepper
6 Cups water
½ Teaspoon curry powder
½ Teaspoon turmeric

Melt the spread and the olive oil in a heavy 8 quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, broccoli, and a little sea salt and pepper. Stir to coat the vegetables with the oil. Cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until the broccoli and onions have softened. Add the 6 cups of water, the curry powder, and the turmeric. Stir to combine. Cover and raise the heat to high. Bring to a boil. This should take about 12 minutes. When the soup reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook at a medium boil, for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the broccoli is soft. Taste for seasonings. Transfer about a cup of the soup to a blender, cover, then cover the top with a kitchen towel, and wear oven mitts to protect your hands. Pulse several times until blended smooth. Turn this into a clean pot, and repeat to blend the remaining soup. Taste for seasonings.

Caution: Hot liquids expand when blending, so whenever blending hot liquids, always protect yourself from a burn by filling the blender cup less than 1/3 full, covering the lid with a kitchen towel, and wearing oven mitts. And, keep your face away from the blender top just in case the hot liquid leaps up over the lid.

Makes about 7 1/2 cups.

Recipe submitted by Claire Criscuolo of Claire’s Corner Copia on Bloom Talk Radio’s show:
Deliciously Healthy!

Bloomin’ in the Kitchen: Deliciously Healthy!

January 15, 2010 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Bloom Talk


Find out about “fresh” and “real” foods for a healthier you!

Guests: Claire Criscuolo of Claire’s Corner Copia and Imani of the Green Vibrations Alchemy Cafe
LISTEN on Bloom Talk Radio
Aired: January 21, 2010

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Claire Criscuolo

Food gurus Claire and Imani joined me to talk about ways to eat and cook healthy without forgoing the “yum” factor.

Find out how you can feed yourself with foods that are optimal for health and delicious too! Are super foods really super? What’s all the rage about raw foods? And let’s not forget our healthy sweet tooth!

We’ll also reveal some great recipes so come hungry to explore about healthy eating.



Claire’s Corner Copia Website

Imani’s Website

Recipes: Claire’s Velvet Broccoli Soup, Imani’s Walnut Red Pepper Pate