cream of cashew broccoli soup

Oh, January.

Let's just come out and say it, not the greatest month. Maybe you indulged and then over indulged and then somehow managed to wear nothing but plaid flannel sweatpants and the occasional sequined shift dress until January 1st rolled around and you realized none of your non-holiday clothes were fitting quite like they used to.

Or maybe you avoided the sugar cookies and opted out of the boozy hot chocolate but watched the Santa Clause one too many times, got confused and thought that you fell off the roof, became the big guy, and made it your personal obligation to buy every person on your Christmas list the most insane present they've ever received. Happy relatives, not so abundant bank account.

So now its January, and whatever your holiday vice may of have been, you're not feeling so hot. Top that off with the whole "New Year, New You" sentiment that's floating around and it can be enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers and pretend 2017 never happened.

If this sounds even remotely relevant to you, you need this Cream of Cashew Broccoli Soup in your life like yesterday. Six ingredients is all you need for this soup, and really you for sure already have garlic powder in your pantry so it's more like five. Easy box checked. And healthy? Hells yeah. This is a full on detox soup backed by the green power of broccoli and spinach, while the cashews maintain staying power and promote fullness. And last but not least, completely affordable. The only ingredient remotely expensive is the cashews, but considering you're getting four full servings out of this soup, they seem like a more reasonable purchase than that third pair of Hunter rain boots you picked up this season because they were army green and the pair already sitting in your closet was more of a forest green.

So do yourself a favor and take the guesswork out of what's for dinner tonight with a recipe that's entirely guilt-free, and remind yourself there are less than two weeks until the most depressing month of the year is over.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
- 1 cup cashews
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 3 large handfuls spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- Cilantro for garnish (optional)

1. Put cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak for at least one hour (up to overnight), then drain.
2. Steam broccoli before adding it to a blender with all remaining ingredients, plus salt and pepper to taste. Whiz until smooth and transfer to a pot to heat on the stove before serving. Garnish with cilantro if desired, serve immediately.

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