Comfort food without the guilt!
We let the vegetables shine in this Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheddar Soup! Broccoli is (of course) the star but we also added carrots for color and additional nutrients. And you’ll be amazed to learn that this full-flavored soup isn’t filled with fatty cream, either. We opted for Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese instead. You’ll still get a super silky soup, just with a fraction of the fat and calories you would get from using heavy cream. Add in some reduced fat cheddar cheese to keep things low-fat while maintaining the nice, cheesy flavor and texture you expect from a broccoli and cheddar soup.
This soup makes a delicious meal on its own, but you could also serve it with a side salad or a sandwich. It works particularly well as an accompaniment to a crusty sandwich like our Bacon & Gouda Grilled Cheese with Braised Onions (or, opt for our Clean Eating Grilled Cheese for a meatless meal). You may find yourself saving a corner of your sandwich bread to sop up the very last bites of the soup; it’s that good! And our Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheddar Soup reheats well, so feel free to pack the leftovers in your lunch the next day!
So Much Flavor in a Low-Calorie Package
This Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheddar Soup recipe makes the ultimate low-calorie lunch or dinner. It’s a slow cooker recipe under 200 calories, which makes it an ideal meal on days when you’re running up against your calorie goal. The best part is that it doesn’t taste light at all because it has plenty of cheese to make it filling and satisfying.
This is one of our favorite recipes to share with anyone having trouble losing weight. It’s a perfect example of how vegetarian meals can be fulfilling while also keeping the calories down. After all, even a lean chicken breast has 150 calories! By skipping the meat, you can save those extra calories for later. Plus, Greek yogurt adds plenty of protein, so you won’t miss out on anything by going vegetarian for this meal.
We can’t wait to hear what you think of this delicious, low-calorie Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
- 5 cups broccoli florets
- 1 yellow onion medium, diced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup carrots grated
- 2 ounces cream cheese reduced-fat
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 cups vegetable broth low-sodium
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt plain
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 cup cheddar cheese low-fat, shredded
- Add broccoli, onion, garlic, carrots, cream cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and vegetable broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours. When cooking is complete, mix together tablespoons of water and cornstarch in a saucepan, then mix in Greek yogurt and warm water. Place on the stovetop on low heat and mix in cheddar cheese until creamy and melted. Whisk into the slow cooker, then ladle and serve.
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