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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Easy and Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup from The Fresh 20 {Giveaway!}

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Today I’m sharing another great cookbook that would make a fabulous gift and of course there is a giveaway, too!

This past spring I met Melissa Lanz from The Fresh 20. Melissa and her husband Trent are more of those sweet and wonderful people that I am so happy to have connected with through blogging. They are absolutely adorable together and they do an amazing job putting out great content and services. Melissa’s website is a weekly menu subscription service where you buy just 20 fresh ingredients each week for the recipes in the menus. I find it all very impressive and, since many of us are meal planners, I’m sure you would love her site, too!

the fresh 20 broccoli cheddar soup from @janemaynard at

Melissa published a beautiful cookbook this year called The Fresh 20. The book provides 4 weekly menus for each season of the year with accompanying recipes. The book is a great primer on meal planning and stocking your kitchen, and the recipes look absolutely scrumptious.

the fresh 20 broccoli cheddar soup from @janemaynard at

Last night I made the Broccoli Cheddar Soup. The recipe for broccoli cheese soup that I normally use is really, really good. But it is sooooo unhealthy, boasting butter, fat and gobs of cheese as some of the ingredients. Melissa’s recipe is a delicious alternative, with just a hint of cheese and no cream or butter to be found. Nate and I agreed that, despite the lack of fats, it is just as yummy and much fresher tasting. And, biggest win, all three kids liked it. In fact, Owen LOVED the soup. He ate three bowls. This is quite the feat considering I normally can’t get him to try anything new or eat vegetables. Every time he asked for more soup last night, it made me so happy!

the fresh 20 broccoli cheddar soup from @janemaynard at

Melissa has offered up an awesome giveaway for today! TWO of you lucky people will each win a copy of her book plus a 1 year subscription to The Fresh 20. So great!

the fresh 20 cookbook | @janemaynard at

Here is how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Tuesday, 11/26.)

  • Simply leave a comment, any comment, on this post! That’s it!
  • Bonus entry: Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow, that counts!)
  • Bonus entry: Follow me on Pinterest and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow me on Pinterest, that counts!)
  • Bonus entry: Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you did! (If you already follow me on Pinterest, that counts!)

And, of course, here is Melissa’s fabulous soup recipe. This is just scratching the surface of how great the recipes are. If you want to buy the book, click here!

Easy and Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup from The Fresh 20 {Giveaway!}
From The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz
Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems and florets chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. Heat the oil in a 5-quart dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth and bring the soup to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
  3. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, bring to a simmer and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, fold in the cheese.
(Jane note: we also sprinkled a bit of cheese on top when serving)



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    Mandy Davis

    My 4 year old would live this soup!

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    That is weird. I just made your broccoli and cheese soup saturday. so delish but I will give this a a try. thanks!

    • Jane Maynard

      that is so funny! I’m glad you liked it – that is an AWESOME recipe, glad you liked it! let me know if you like this one, too!

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    Mandy Davis

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    Lisa Stover

    I would love to get this book! I’m in desperate need of some great meal planning ideas. I’m currently stuck in a dinner rut 🙁

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    Cortney walls

    This recipe looks great! I love soup when it is cold outside so I’m going to try this this weekend!

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    Oh, I’d love this, thanks!

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    This looks awesome!

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    Juanita Davis-Edwards

    I’ve been looking for some homemade soup recipes since I’ve ditched canned soup as part of my transition to Mindful Living. This looks great!

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    I love the Fresh 20 and have been contemplating getting the book. I’ve heard great reviews from friends.

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    My sister loves broccoli cheese soup. I will try to make it later.

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    I love the idea of a cookbook that follows the season. Awesome! I am also intrigued by their subscription meal idea.

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    Lisa P

    It is rainy and yucky here today, so soup would be perfect for dinner! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!

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    Jen K

    The book looks great! Can’t wait to win it!

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    Jessie McLaughlin

    Books looks great and the recipe looks yummy!!!

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    Kay Gee

    The cookbook seems interesting.

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    I have been wanting a subscription to Fresh 20, this would be awesome!

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    This soup looks delicious

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    Love your pins on Pinterest!

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    I made broccoli cheddar soup this week too!

  45. I love cheddar broccoli soup of all varieties. 🙂 Full fat ones are good for days you feel skinny.

  46. And I follow you on pinterest 🙂

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    The soup looks yummy 🙂

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    Michelle B

    I love soup! With some crusty bread, it is the best meal. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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    Naomi S.

    Definitely going to try this recipe! My 5 y.o. will eat just about any soup.

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    Soup looks amazing!

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    Must try this recipe! It’s soup season.

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    This cookbook looks awesome!

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    This looks like a great book!

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    this looks super yum! Thx for sharing. I will be making soon.

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    I could use some healthy recipes!

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    I love broccoli cheese soup. It has started to get cool here in Texas.

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    That soup looks yummy

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    That’s funny I just bought bags of broccoli to make a soup this weekend! Yeah, I love new recipes. Thanks

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    Stephanie P.

    I love it when healthified recipes taste as good as classics, last week I made a reduced fat carrot cake with oil and carrot baby food–it was incredible!

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    Christi P

    Broccoli soup is one of my families favorites!

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    What a great giveaway! The meal subscription sounds like it could breath new life into my menu planning.

  75. Thanks Jane for sharing this wonderful weekly dish…I bookmark your blog as you are committed to post a new dish in every week..I will get new dish menu in every week…wow! brocoli cheddar soup looks delicious…I can’t wait any more to try it at home

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    That soup looks absolutely delicious!

  77. Broccoli cream soup is one of my favourite soups, I just love how creamy and velvety it is, looking forward to trying this recipe 🙂

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    I love this healthy alternative!!!

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    I wonder if MY Owen would like this soup as much as your Owen.

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    Lori H

    The soup looks delicious! I definitely want to check out this cookbook as I am determined to simplify my menu plans.

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    Have a great day!

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    I would love to win this book. The soup looks yummy! 🙂

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    looks amazing and so warm on a wintery blowing kansas day like today!

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    Sarah P.

    Soup season is almost here!

  95. my husband loves broccoli cheddar soup, I will have to give this a try.

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway!

  100. I LOVE Broccoli Cheddar Soup! It’s one of my all time favorites! Looks good!!

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    Sounds great – love soups!!

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    I’ll have to try this recipe. Thanks!

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    The soup looks delicious! I hope I win!

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    Abby S

    I love Broccoli Cheddar soup and cooking with the seasons! Can’t wait to try the recipe! Thanks for posting!

  136. what a great cookbook. this soup sounds so good!

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    That cookbook looks so lovely!

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    This soup looks yummy! I may have to make this tonight!

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    Jess S

    This just sounds like my kind of cookbook!

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    Yum! So many give aways Jane! I love it!

  149. Actually I love broccoli cheddar soup..I can’t wait any more to try it at home…thanks for sharing this great recipe

  150. 156

    This is an uncommon soup that i have never seen before. But it’s looks so good. I will keeo trying to make this soup.

  151. 157

    Have you tried freezing this soup? I just wonder how well it will thaw and reheat.

  152. 158

    I haven’t tried freezing it yet but I did make a batch on Sunday and we all loved it. My 8 year old son ate three bowls. I plan to make more this week and hopefully try freezing it this time. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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