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Broccoli Soup with Cashew Cream

3 TBSP olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 shallots, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 quart organic chicken broth
6 cups broccoli florets, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 cup coconut milk
Handful of pumpkin seeds for garnish

For the cashew cream:
¾ cup raw cashews, unsalted
¾ cup water
Salt to taste

  In large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add the onions, shallots, ad garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the broth, broccoli, and salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer fro approximately 10 minutes, until the broccoli is soft.

Remove from heat and pour soup into a blender with the thyme. Process until smooth. Return to soup pot and stir in the coconut milk. Warm gently over medium heat.

Puree the cashew cream ingredients in the blender. Serve the soup with a drizzle of cashew cream n top and, if desired, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.

Recipe courtesy of Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

Serves 4-6

Crispy Butternut Squash Spinach Salad with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed or cut into half moons
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Freshly ground balck pepper
1 shallot, minced
¼ c red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
5 oz. baby spinach (about 6 cups)
½ c pecans, toasted and chopped


Preheat oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Arrange butternut squash on the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and crisp, 20 -25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, fry bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and transfer bacon grease to a small bowel.

In same skillet, cook shallot over medium-high heat until tender, 4 minutes. Stir in red wine vinegar and brown sugar and mix well. Whisk in 2 Tbsp. bacon grease and season with salt and pepper.

Place spinach in a large bowel. Add pecans and roasted butternut squash and pour over warm vinaigrette, tossing gently to combine.

Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Delish

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