First off, let’s deal with “Is broccoli bad for the thyroid?”
If you have low thyroid function, eating cruciferous vegetables (click to see the list) can interfere with thyroid synthesis. There are different camps on how much cruciferous vegetables, or those with goitrogens in them, mess with our thyroid function, but to stay on the safe side, don’t eat them raw, and even when cooked not every day.
“The goitrogens in these foods are inactivated by cooking, even by light steaming, so there is no need to forego the valuable antioxidant and cancer-protective effects cruciferous vegetables afford.” ~ Dr. Andrew Weil
So, let’s get to this yummy Broccoli Cheese Organic Soup I made the other day! First, I confess, I bought a packaged gluten free HealthlandFoods organic mix and added a nice big stem of organic broccoli from my shopping trip to Natural Grocers. This way, the pre-mix gave me all of the spices and stuff correct the first time that made it so tasty.
You might have a recipe, try it if you haven’t for a while!
1. Prepare the soup mix according to the instructions (basically, pour the contents into 6 cups of water.) Start heating for 20 minutes.
2. Cut up the broccoli flower and peel the stem. Peel off all the hard outside and you’ll have a great soft stem with tons of nutrients to add.
3. Chop the stem up in 1/8-1/4 inch pieces.
4. Add broccoli to the heating soup mix.
5. Sprinkle some feta (goat) cheese on top – it adds more protein.
It was so tasty I had a bowl each day after for a few days. Plus, good fiber… always good!
Venture out. Make a broccoli cheese soup.