BF Beginners: Nik’s Creamy/Cheesy Broccoli Soup

~by Nikki

What’s that on the side there…we’ll talk about that in a minute…

OK…hear me out here! Because I know what you’re saying, “Broccoli??? For beginners????”

First and foremost, you should check with YOUR plan to see when you are cleared for cruciferous veggies. I should note that these are cooked to within an inch of their lives and then pureed, so I don’t think many will have a problem with this recipe.

That said, for those of you new at this, especially those who had to do the pre-op liquid diet, followed by surgery, followed by clear liquids and now full liquids…I bet you’d give your right arm for anything that is not sweet right now, am I right?

Well have I got a recipe for YOU!

I made this soup especially for my newbie peeps but at the end I give some suggestions for “beefing it up” for my further out peeps AND, as a special added bonus, I give you a family/kid-friendly conversion idea. See how much I love you!!!

Nik’s Creamy/Cheesy Broccoli Soup


1 bag (about 4 cups) broccoli florets
1 can fat-free chicken broth (I used Fit &Active from Aldi)
1 c. water
1 can reduced fat cream of chicken soup (I used Fit &Active also)
1 can cheddar cheese soup (I used Campbells)
1 c. unflavored 0% Greek yogurt

Optional: Unflavored protein, such as BiPro USA or Quest,  salt and pepper to taste


Boil the broccoli florets in the chicken broth and water until very, very, VERY tender (like you pick it up with a fork and it goes limp).

Add both kinds of soup and Greek yogurt then, with an immersion blender, blend until the whole thing is a thick liquid. If you don’t have an immersion blender…get one! (Kidding) You can also do this in batches in a regular blender.

Just before serving, if you are adding the protein powder, add a half a scoop per four ounces of soup.


Now…while it’s true that you can technically buy broccoli & cheese soup, the stats on this version are not bad when you figure them up (no I’m not going to do them for you). To me, the beauty in this version is its versatility. You can use this as a base so that you and your family could technically be eating the same thing for dinner (in various forms). Check it:

For newbies: the above picture is of a 4 oz. ramekinof the stuff. As you can see…as a three year post-op that is not all I eat! This was actually after I’d made some unplanned noshes at my children’s Girl Scouts meeting or else my homemade chicken nuggets would have been accompanied by about a cup of this stuff instead of 4 oz.

Further-outs: you can amp up the heartiness by adding some more cooked broccoli florets to your finished soup. I’ve also made this with browned, diced ham and with diced chicken breast, both of which are good. Or you cold also go with…

A good, kid and family friendly conversion: the finished soup makes a GREAT base for whole wheat penne pasta. Just cube up and sautee some chicken breast and cook down some onions and peppers. Cook your pasta to al dente and drain, then toss in the chicken and the soup. Add a bit of Parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper and they’d swear you slaved all day in the kitchen!

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  1. I am so thankful to have found your site. I am about 2 weeks out and really, really struggling. I am hoping I can tolerate this, seems like nothing is meshing well with me at this point other than water *sigh* I know so many go through this, and question, just why they did this and that is exactly where I am right now…wishing I had just been strong enough to do it without surgery…

    God Bless you for all these tips, you have no idea how helpful it is to me right now…

  2. sascias – it will get better! Everything made me sick when I was a new post-op. I had maybe seven things that didn't and I got so bored! That's actually where Bariatric Foodie started. Trying to make more stuff out of those 7 things 😉

  3. I just made this soup! I love it!

  4. How do you eat this? Broccoli first, soup second?

  5. It's a pureed soup so you eat it all together 🙂

  6. So this is okay for a RNY two weeks out? I need something to eat so bad that doesn't make me hate everyone and everything! 🙂 <— not really :), more :/

  7. Is it just me? I am about 6 weeks out of surgery and I was ready to question the surgeon on if I actually had it because I have not been sick even once!!!! I love not being hungry all the time anymore. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself in my life. I am so so so so so grateful I had this surgery.Looking forward to trying some of these recipes :)))

  8. Will this soup freeze well? I'm eating such small portions I'd hate for it to go to waste.

  9. Elizabeth mos soups freeze well. This one included!

  10. To Sascias-At first after my sleeve surgery my pain was awful as was nausea for quite some time. I had to have the surgery to eliminate the dangerously large amounts of stomach acid that had eaten some of my stomach linig and caused some pre cancerous stomach pollups. I had enough stomach acid for 3 stomachs. The only way to have a healthy amount was for the dr to remove 3/4 of my stomach. The reflux even ruined my teeth.The extra weight I had turned out to be a blessing.If I had been thin I would've been a sitting duck for reoccurring precancerous stomach pollups. Yes post surgery was painful and nausea uncomfortable for quite a while after. And yes it was hard trying to eat, and trying to take those vitamins was worse than the food.The chest gas was and still is painful and i'm 13 months out of surgery now.At this point eatings easy.Nothing bothers me anymore. No more heartburn, but I still get the chest gas, however I'd rather have that than the acid reflux, continued teeth damage,new pollup growth and stomach cancer potential. Time will heal your stomach, and believe me, in a year from now you'll be able to eat like you did before your surgery, just in smaller portions, 1 cup of food per meal at 3 meals a day and 1/2 cup per snack at 3 snacks per day.I've lost 70 pounds so far and feel like a new woman and look like one too, and so will you. Hang in there Honey! You'll make it! Stay encouraged.You have my support. Am working on taking off my last 30 pounds now. When I was 2 wks out of surgery I tried cream of wheat w/ a lot of milk and some stevia.I tolerated it well and it was tastey.It sat easy on my stomach.If you haven't tried it, it may work nice for you.Just a tsp at a time nice and easy. Cinnamon applesauce also went down easy for me too.Chilled out of the fridge, just a tsp at a time. Was refreshing and I had no ill affects.I also milked down oatmeal and had w/stevia and that was delish too a tsp at a time nice and warm.I put cinnamon on mine to taste, but you don't have to. I also tried some thinned w/milk mashed potatoe and used butter flavor pam butter spray for flavor.Very tastey.I hope I gave you some helpful pointers.All the best to you and above all have no regrets, only high hopes for a beautiful future for your beautiful self. Keep your chin up at all times.Stay encouraged.Sincerely,Janet

  11. I'm having a gastric bypass on Tuesday and feel really reassured after reading your post. Many thanks!

  12. This soup is the best. I am one week out and it went down fine. I also tried the faux-tato soup w/out the bacon but that one wasnt as good and gave me gas.

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