Frugal and delicious: broccoli apple soup

Broccoli Apple 1

Broccoli and apples?  Is that a thing?

Broccoli Apple 2

Jeah.  Totally.

As the NYTimes Well blog informs us, broccoli and apples are healthy and affordable choices.  Click that link to see a list of 20 healthy foods for under $1.  And here, we eat not only the broccoli florets but the stalk, too.  Bonus.

Be aware, however, that apples are a perennial member of the “dirty dozen,” produce that when conventionally grown maintains a worrisome amount of pesticide residue.  Go organic on those if you can.

The government shutdown

Now friends, I am not furloughed myself, but a good deal of people here in DC and all around the country are.  It’s a hardship for many, and it’s infuriating for all.  In any case, here’s a song and a recipe to keep your spirits up and your stomach happy.

♫  Suggested listening: something for the furlough.  ♫

Click to listen: WC and the Maad Circle – “Out on a Furlough”

This unusual combo comes to us from Blue Kale Road.


  • 1large head of broccoli
  • 3 large apples (Golden Delicious or McIntosh work well, says Kale)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (butter would work nicely, too)
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (I had just roasted a chicken, so I used homemade chicken stock)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Dice your onion.
  2. Cut the broccoli florets off the stalk and cut the stalks into 1-inch pieces.  Keep em separate.
  3. Peel the apples, core and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  4. In a large pot, warm the coconut oil (or melt the butter) over medium heat. Add the onion and apple chunks. Sauté about 6 minutes. Add the broth and the broccoli stalks. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the broccoli florets to the soup and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Using an immersion blender, purée (carefully!) until smooth.

You’re done!

Garnish with herbs, pepitas (mmm), a glob of yogurt, whatever you please.

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