Mexican Broccoli Soup

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Tonight recipe is actually pretty near and dear to my heart, because it was the first Specific Carb Diet recipe I ever developed. I was in the eight month of my horrific Ulcerative Colitis flare, and had just come out of the hospital. My body had rejected every medication, holistic therapy and naturopathic remedy. So I was at a tough fork in the road: surgery to – in essence – remove my intestines, or go on a chemotherapy-like mega-drug that shuts off my immune system for the rest of my life. (Ulcerative Colitis is an autoimmune disease.)

Clearly – those options were bleak at best. So I decided to try the Specific Carb Diet: a therapeutic diet specifically for Crohn’s/Colitis, and…surprisingly, autism. And wouldn’t you know…2 1/2 months later, my Ulcerative Colitis was completely healed, and I’ve been in remission for 7 years now.

And this right here, was the first recipe I created.


And fitting for NEDA Week, because it turns out, that those 11 months I spent on bedrest during my Ulcerative Colitis flare was just what I needed to truly kick the lingering aspects of my anorexia out of my life for good: I finally kicked my extreme exercise addiction, and was truly eating three full meals a day.

So just another example of how God really does work all things together — even the seasons that are seemingly bleak and dire — for good.


So let’s get onto this delicious and Lent-friendly recipe:

Mexican Broccoli Soup!


It’s Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and SCD friendly!

AND – it’s super delicious.

Complex Mexican flavors, topped with a cool and creamy guacamole!


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Here’s what you need (Serves 2-3)

2 bunches of broccoli, chopped
1 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 1/2 cups veg stock
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp cumin
1/4 – 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 – 1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil

1 green onion, sliced
cilantro, minced

1 avocado
1 garlic clove, grated
1-2 Tbsp red onion, finely minced
1-2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
Squeeze of lime

Dutch Oven
Microplane grater/Zester
Immersion Blender (Or regular blender)
Good Chef’s Knife (this is the one I use and love)


In a large dutch oven, saute your onion in 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices for 4 minutes over medium heat. Then, add the broccoli and let it cook for 6 minutes. Then, add the garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.

Add the stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cover for 15-20 minutes. Readjust salt to taste.


While that is cooking, make the guacamole. Combine all the guacamole ingredients in a bowl, and smash with the back of a fork. Voila!

When the soup is finished cooking, turn off the heat and then with an immersion blender, puree the soup until it is smooth and creamy. You can also do this in a bender, just be sure to do it in small batches, since it is a hot liquid! Finish it by stirring in the juice of a lime. Serve garnished with green onions, a sprinkle of cilantro, and a healthy dollop of guacamole. This would also be great topped with tortilla chips!


This soup was terrific. The flavors were spectacular! The warm spices with the broccoli paired perfectly with the cool, fresh guacamole. The cumin, chili powder and paprika gave it such depth of flavor.


And something wonderful happened with the guacamole. You could take your spoon and swirl it into the soup and that smooth, bright flavor kissed each bite! And topped with the fresh cilantro, it was just delightful!


What’s your favorite type of soup?

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68 responses to “Mexican Broccoli Soup”

  1. I see that you have colitis so does my oldest daughter with other illness, such as lupus, P-O-T-S, EDS, mass cell and more unfortunately this diet could not work, she is on chemo and other medications, however keep up blogging good to see something positive when someone is chronically ill

      • Thank you and I will you as well, in spite of her illnesses she is a senior at Liberty university on line with a 3.9 GPA, and leads Bible study on line and has a blog, and she has been a blessing to me since the day she was born

  2. That Mexican broccoli looks just like regular broccoli…lol That china is exquisite. I love your recipes I am thrilled to be informed about these specific types of diets. I was trained in the classic french style of food preparation

      • I grow broccoli and have an endless supply myself although I acquired a taste for it after I became an adult. On a totally different subject, I appreciate your perspective on your past struggles – specifically how God has worked things out for the good. This is such a difficult perspective to have when we are in the midst of our struggles, yes?

      • that’s so amazing!! lucky you haha Thanks for your kind words. Yes – definitely a difficult perspective. for sure

    • thank you so much! yeah, i feel so blessed and grateful for that healing. God is good! hugs xo

  3. Nice post, broccoli is full of antioxidants making it a great food to eat, your broccoli soup sounds delishes, thanks for posting it for us.


  4. hey beauty, I wonder if you have ever tried cacti in one of your recipes; I did it once or twice making chili and it was good experiment because it went well with chili; perhaps cactus would be a good addition to this dish?

    • Thanks TR! Mmmm potato soup – Yum! Homemade soup- there’s just nothing like it! Hope you’re having a great week! Hugs and love xox

    • yeah give it a go! i linked the book that spells it out and is the handbook. i hope it works for you! Hugs and love xox

  5. I’m one of those unlucky souls that didn’t figure out how important diet was to UC/Crohn’s and had my intestine removed. I regret it now and know I could have sorted it out with diet if I just had the resources. Keep spreading the message that diet is so important to AI disorders.

    • I’m sorry this hits so close to home for you. yeah, diet is everything. such a shame that most GI docs don’t even mention it. thanks for stopping by, friend. hope you’re doing well. Hugs and love xox

  6. Hey pastor! When you start having lunches and dinners in the fellowship hall of your church, be sure to include these great recipes as they are part of your healing and testimony! I have a favor to ask! Today, I posted a new poem on my blog and would welcome your comments! You and your family are in my prayers!

    • hahaha thank you so much Rick, this made me laugh, thinking about fellowship hall with this menu! haha will do! Hugs and love xox

  7. My favorite soup is chicken and noodles (the flat dumpling kind that’s 1000%carb).

    That said, I did try something interesting today. Vegan wings. Basically cauliflower breaded and fried like wings with a sweet and spicy sauce on em. I have to say, I didn’t hate them and might even try them again one day.

  8. Hi
    I love your posts – God has obviously impacted your life. I know you have an incredibly popular blog, but I’m about to start a link next Friday focusing on Faith. I think you’re a subscriber to my blog anyway, and I’d love it if you could contribute. It’s going live midday on Friday, Paris time, if you’re an email subscriber rather than just through WordPress you should get an email when it goes live to remind you.
    In any case I love your honesty on your journey. It’s wonderful to read about,

  9. Glad to hear you are well again and feeling your best.
    The Mexican Broccoli Soup sounds healthy and delicious. I had no idea this diet works well for people w autism. Good to know.
    And I love guacamole!
    Btw- you look pretty cute in a hospital gown🥑🥦🥣

    • thanks Teri! Yeah, it was definitely a challenging season. I’m so grateful for the healing too! yeah, this diet has literally changed my life. God is good 🙂 hahah aw shucks, thanks 🙂 xox

      • Get my grand babies this weekend. Going to see what they might wanna try and we’re going for it. Wanted to also say you inspire me. Your story is so powerful and strong. Everything you faced was because you were built and designed to handle it. Even more beautiful inspite of everything YOU had to face and endure. Continue to heal the nation beautiful one. love and kisses back atacha xoxoxoxo…smiling

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