Broccoli-Avocado Soup



    For the Soup:

    • 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
    • 2 stalks celery, chopped
    • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
    • Juice of 1/2 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Pinch sea salt
    • 1/2 cup veggie stock or water
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 avocado, diced (optional)

    For the Toppings:

    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 avocado cubed into pieces
    • 1/4 cup arame, broken into pieces
    • 1 teaspoon dulse flakes or kelp granules
    • Pinch cayenne pepper


    1. Steam broccoli until slightly tender, approximately three minutes.
    2. In the meantime, add celery, onion, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper to high-speed blender.
    3. Add the broccoli and ½ cup veggie stock or water. Blend until well combined.
    4. If soup seems too thick, adjust consistency with more veggie stock or water.
    5. Add olive oil and adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper to taste.
    6. Soak dried arame in water for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse.
    7. Add soup to serving bowls and top with pumpkin seeds, avocado, arame, dulse or kelp and cayenne.

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    Peggy Kotsopoulos is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Educator, and Culinary Consultant focused on teaching REAL health through lifestyle and dietary choices that are easy and delicious. She whips up healthy and delicious meals on her own TV show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Z Living. Originally working in investments in Toronto, Canada, Peggy found her true passion for nutrition and healthy eating by bringing her own guilt-free goodies to corporate meetings as an alternative to bagels and danishes. As colleagues and clients became intrigued, Peggy started leading seminars and founded a company-wide corporate wellness program. Seven years later, Peggy followed her passion to the United States where she became certified as a Health Educator, and graduated from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. She is the founder of beVibrant consulting in Toronto, where she develops wellness programs for large corporate clients, schools, and food establishments. Peggy is the resident nutritionist for CBC’s Steven and Chris show, and has been featured in major publications including Fitness Magazine, Shape and Yahoo! Shine.