This recipe for cream of broccoli and turnip soup is the perfect pairing of in season winter vegetables with the subtle flavors of garlic and cream.
This soup can be frozen for a quick weekday winter’s lunch.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Cream of Broccoli and Turnip Soup Q & A
Yes, this is a great way to make it healthier however you won’t get that same rich creamy taste.
Yes, swedes are closely related to turnips and will taste just as good.
A stick blender is the easiest way to puree vegetable soup as there is no spillage and clean-up is easier.
Yes, simply put the soup in serving portions in freezer safe containers then freeze for up to 6 months. To reheat; place the freezer container in the microwave with the lid ajar then heat on high for 4 minutes. Stir the soup then heat for a further 3 minutes or until heated through.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
To make this recipe gluten free; check the cream for gluten and use gluten free vegetable stock.
To make it dairy free; use dairy free vegetable stock and omit the cream. Add a large potato to the turnips to make the soup creamier.
Turnips and Broccoli
Make this soup when turnips and broccoli are in season in the mid to late winter which is when the best prices are found.
To save even more money consider growing your own turnips and broccoli. Turnips grow easily from seed and mature quickly. See this guide to Growing Turnips for more information.
Choose a variety of broccoli which has continuous picking to get the most from one plant. These varieties will produce a large centre head then will continue to produce side shoots after the centre head is cut. These side shoots will be like broccolini. See this guide to Growing Broccoli from Seed.
Have you ever tried growing your own garlic? It is a great idea if you use a lot of it in your cooking. The bulbs are planted in the fall (autumn) in most climates then harvested 6 months later.
By planting enough for a years supply you can plant bulbs from the previous year’s harvest so you will never need to buy garlic again. The bulbs store well when kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Try this guide to Planting Garlic or Braiding Garlic Bulbs.
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This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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