Meatless Monday: An altered soup recipe, for my love.

We had a lazy weekend.  I am recovering from a sinus infection and ear infection, so I am feeling a bit cruddy.  When I feel cruddy I usually want soup.  Soup or cake.  Cake….no 😦 soup.  It’s more filling and won’t cause a sugar high.

I know, it’s summer…and I am posting soup recipes?  The reason, is simple……my soup eating knows no season.  It does not care that it is over 100 deg F outside.  My taste-buds are Honey Badger like.  They just don’t care.

One of my favorite cream soup recipes came to me from my Step Mother.  In fact, in a cook book that she made for my step-sisters and me the soup is called “Jamie’s Favorite Broccoli Soup”.  Broccoli…Spinach…Wha?

Allow me to explain.  Cream of Broccoli soup is my favorite soup,  I love most broccoli soups….BUT my husband has not been able to eat broccoli for a few years now.  He seems to have developed a sensitivity to broccoli.

I love my husband way more than I love broccoli

so I have stopped (most) of my broccoli cooking.  Every once in a while I make something with broccoli in it, for myself, for lunch, usually when he’s not here.

So, I have adapted this soup recipe (in a few ways) and I am making it with frozen chopped spinach instead of chopped broccoli.  I’ve changed my soup for my love.  Here is my updated “for love” recipe.

If you wanted to make it with broccoli, just use broccoli instead of spinach.

Yes, the crust fell off my Quiche...quite shocking!

Cream of Spinach Soup

  • 1 package of chopped frozen spinach (or fresh spinach chopped) Or broccoli~ cooked
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup (condensed) or homemade cream of mushroom soup (frozen)
  • 1 1/3 cup of 2% milk
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of veggie stock or 1 1/2 cups of veggie stock and 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1 teaspoon of tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of dried shallots

Cook and drain spinach or broccoli. Add mushroom soup, milk, butter, veggie stock and seasoning.


Cook over a medium heat until the soup begins to gently boil.  Stirring occasionally.   If you have opted to add wine, add the wine and allow to cook for 7-10 min more, uncovered to allow the alcohol in the wine to evaporate.

I am serving my soup with cheese Quiche.

I am also posting two of my wedding photos.  My bloggy friend over at So, I married a Mennonite is having a wedding picture link up, in celebration of her anniversary.  Since I changed this recipe out of love for my dear husband, I figured it was a great post to place these pictures on!

We had a beautiful, simple, daytime wedding.  It was a mostly stress free day, and the result was everything I ever wanted.

This. Wonderful. Man.

For the rest of my life.

What are you eating for dinner tonight?



  1. I sacrificed cauliflower for Katherine. True story. She hates it!

    • Ah… the things we give up for love. 🙂

  2. John Monday

    Not eating meat once a week is not only easy, it is extremely beneficial to your health, the health of animals and the health of our planet. The Humane Society makes Meatless Monday even easier by sending out weekly meat-free recipes! Click the link to find out all the information you need!

    • Thanks for the comment and the link John. Have a super day!

  3. What we sacrifice for love eh? But that´s what relationships are all about – finding the middle road, with or without broccoli (or courgettes and aubergines in my case)! Lovely recipe, soup is great any time, but especially when you have a cold. And summer colds always feel worse I think so hope you feel better soon. Lovely, lovely post and gorgeous wedding photos. Do you go all gooey when you look at them “sigh” 😉

    • 🙂 Yes, I do tend to get a bit gooey when I look at my wedding pictures! 🙂 Thank you, I am feeling a little better, I agree summer colds seem worse. Maybe it is the heat? 🙂 6 more days of antibiotic…then hopefully I’ll be five by five.

  4. The soup looks delicious! I’m making my own foccacia bread, so I’ll be having that tonight.

    • Foccacia bread Yum! That would be delicious with spinach or broccoli soup!

  5. You make the best family-related posts. It turns out there are good men, great couples and happy families out there! Who woulda thought?

    And giving up broccoli? It really must be love 😀 Both versions of the soup sound delicious, however. Even in the summer (oh, wait, I made stew last night–definitely can’t say anything about out-of-season soup). Hope you’re getting over all the sickness–sounds like a nasty combo.

    • Thank you Allie! If my posts give you hope that there are great guys out there, I’m a happy gal. We had soup on Saturday , now again on Monday. Soup is my go to meal for “not feeling great” days.

  6. Soup is seasonless for me too!! Especially if I’m needing some comfort! What a sweet post and so cute about giving up broccoli for your husband! Hope your soup has made you feel much better!

    • Thank you! It did make me feel comforted. Soup is just like a little hug in a bowl. I’m glad I’m not the only one who eats soups and stews all. the. time.

  7. You crack me up! I bet your husband is thanking you!!! And that recipe sounds divine.

    • Poor dear, he loves broccoli, it just does not like him anymore. Thank you for the comment! The soup is wonderful. 🙂

      You are very funny too! A hooker for bugles…BAHAHA! Awesomeness. Pure and simple.

  8. That looks good-espeically with the quiche- I love love quiche. And you are a good wife. 🙂

    • Hi Emmy. Thanks for the comment. I love Quiche too!

      I’ve got a great husband, so it’s easy to be a good wife. Thank you for the sweet comment.

  9. Ooh this soup looks good! And the quiche.. this is making me hungry!

    • Thanks Ashley! Thanks for the visit and the comment. I loved seeing your summer pictures!

  10. thanks for sharing your wedding pics! Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  11. Oh the things we do for love..
    I hope you feel better soon
    sinus infections are no fun

    • 🙂 I think I am beginning to feel a bit better. Thank goodness for antibiotics and decongestants. Thank you.

  12. oh how I hope you feel better, that soup sounds wonderful. nice and creamy

    • Thank you for the well wishes and for the comment! The soup is quite tasty and pretty easy to make. 🙂

  13. I love how you wove the wedding pictures into your Meatless Monday post! You look gorgeous! Oh, and the soup looks delicious. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at my place!

    • Thanks Michelle! It was such a lovely link-up idea. Thank you for the compliment and the comment.

  14. Yum. This reminds me of a Chicken Florentine soup I used to eat many years ago. Just might have to make this.

    • Thanks for the comment Crystal! 🙂 I love your weekly homemaking linky.


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