Today, I’m sharing my healthier broccoli and cheese soup recipe with you. Like most of my recipes, I’ve slimmed it down and shed some of the calories. Unlike most broccoli and cheese soups, it’s not cream based. This recipe is so versatile that I usually cut it in half for just my husband and I. However since this recipe is so easy to re-size, I believe it would make a great hit for a party. But before we dive into the soup recipe (careful, it’s hot), I wanted to let you know that this post is part of a blogging challenge.
Shh! It’s a Secret
I participated in a secret subject swap with 11 other brave souls. So, here is my writing prompt:
“Someone you knew in college wants to have a get-together. You have your doubts about what he/she is up to, they were pretty sneaky in college, and you weren’t really friends. Do you go?” – Submitted by Southern Bell Charm.
Boy howdy! I don’t think she knows how hard she hit the nail on the head with this question. For background, about ten years ago, a doctor diagnosed me with agoraphobia. My social issues have cost me friendships in the past. In fact, my social anxieties have kept me from really making any close friends most of my life. Case in point, I don’t even remember most of the people from my college days. If one of them reached out to me, my first reaction would probably be to question their motives.
Our Own Halloween Party – Cancelled!
I am going to extrapolate a bit from this original question. Since I am writing this post in October, I’m pretending Mystery Human invited me to a Halloween party. Sadly, since this year was a real roller-coaster, David and I made the vexing decision to cancel our legendary party this year. We’ve had one every year for the last nine years.
Now, can I get a very sad “Awwwww” from the crowd, please? Admittedly, we canceled in part because I’m feeling the over-socialization from the last few months.
Typically, I would decline someone’s invite because, unless it’s on my turf (such as my home), I don’t do well with parties. We usually keep them small, but last year’s party became surprisingly large, and I’m still reeling. So, that’s also a contributing factor in our decision to cancel. Instead, we are looking for something else to do on our Halloween weekend. Since I don’t know Mrs. Anonymous, and apparently had a pretty low opinion of her in college, at this point in my life I would have to decline.
Let’s Say I Go?
But, if I didn’t feel like I am about to experience complete emotional depletion from all the recent social activity, I may agree to go. I mean, people change. Just because she behaved like a deceitful chump in college doesn’t imply that she still operates her life in that manner. For me, college was over 20 years ago. I often look back and sing praises that I survived my own shenanigans. Maybe she feels the same?
While I don’t count many people as friends and do keep most acquaintances at a distance, you never know where a relationship will go, right? So, give me three months, and I may change my mind. I reserve the right not to, though. That’s a hazard of dealing with an introvert who happens to have agoraphobia to boot. We don’t handle social situations well.
What to Bring? Broccoli and Cheese Soup!
But, if I decided to go, I would have to bring some food. It’s just the southern “thang” to do. My momma always taught me that if you go to someone else’s shin-dig, it’s polite to bring some nibbles. And, I’ll bring David.
I need to prepare something easy since I’m already stressing about this imaginary party. Every time I ask David what he wants for dinner, my broccoli and cheese soup tops his list. He’s even “stacked the deck” and bought my favorite Boar’s Head White Aged Cheddar to “prompt” me. Since this soup is his favorite, it makes me think of him. So that also relieves the tension.
I prefer white cheddar but use your favorite. Since this soup has no cream, it’s much lighter than a traditional broccoli and cheese soup. However, it still boasts a rich, hearty taste. I recommend a good stick blender and love my OXO because it doesn’t scratch my pots and pans. Otherwise, you’ll need to transfer the soup to a blender, blend it, and then pour it back into the pot.
We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.