No, you are not going crazy! This is my second post in one week, already topping the one per month I've averaged thus far in 2011. I haven't done too great a job keeping up my Domestic Diaries... There is no time like the present to turn that around.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day there is a corned beef brisket in the slow cooker that I'll serve alongside some potatoes and sautéed spinach (I can't get on board with cabbage) this evening. But last night, we got our green on a little early with this hearty, healthy soup from the February 2011 issue of Real Simple.
Don't let the name fool you - there is no cream in this soup. It's actually a very few simple ingredients - fresh broccoli, an onion, vegetable broth and one potato (that's where the soup gets its texture). You can choose your own accoutrements for topping off the soup. I used the shaved white cheddar on top, as recommended, but rather than serve with bagel chips I made some garlic-infused olive oil-brushed crostini on whole wheat ciabatta. So good! Really any excuse to make some crostini is fine by me, and my local grocer carries the most delicious whole wheat ciabatta that cuts down on some of my carb guilt.
This super easy soup earned rave reviews from Hubby, shockingly enough. I didn't think it would be hearty enough for him, but he said he would definitely want it again. I think the cheese adds a very necessary component to the dish so I wouldn't skip it, even if you are trying to be uber-healthy. It's not that much, but it goes a long way. I would also recommend adding more salt that what's called for, but that's a personal preference so just season as you cook and you'll end up with what's right for you.
My Grade: B
Hubby's Grade: A