Thursday, January 13, 2011

WW 0 point soup

Any woman or man who has been on the Weight Watchers plan, knows this recipe. I'm dusting off my WW materials circa 2004 and ripping this bad boy recipe out. I love this recipe, it's simple, easy to make, easy to play with, and makes a pretty good 1 cup serving 94 calorie cup o soup.

So, hit the grocery store, buy your ingredients, make a vat of it tonight or this weekend. One trick, I make a big ole pot of this soup and I buy some gladware or ziploc little containers...something big enough to hold only 1 serving of the soup. I freeze the containers and when I'm in a bind for lunch one day at work, want a little something else to go with dinner or hell, even a snack, I grab one and defrost it.

This recipe is a great way to get in some good vegetable servings as well. If you're making a whole wheat pasta with red sauce..or gravy as we eye-talians like to call it and are short on the vegetable front, heat up a bowl of this.

So, during this great New Year's weekend, we whipped out the recipe and made a pot!

Here's my pot of hodge podge vegetables..I always add in whatever I have on hand.

 Mr. Allan's lunch

After we ate lunch, I put the rest in some ziploc containers (word to the wise..the ones with the screw on lids work best) and then into the freezer so I have it easily at my disposal when I'm in a bind and need a lunch, appetizer or snack

Here's the good old trusty 0 pt soup recipe.

2/3 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic -- minced
3 cups chicken broth -- or beef or veggie
1 1/2 cups cabbage -- diced
1/2 cup green beans
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup zucchini -- diced

1. In large saucepan, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute carrot, onion and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes.

2. Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until beans are tender.

3. Stir in zucchini and heat 3-4 minutes. Serve hot.

Calories: 93.4
Fat grams: 2.2
Sat. Fat grams: 0.6
Fiber grams: 2.4

Just a can alter this recipe a million different ways. For instance, today I knew I had no tomato paste. I needed to do a quick Target run and was floored when I couldn't find tomato paste in that wretched store, so I grabbed a can of diced tomatoes. I then get home to find my carton of chicken broth had 1 cup in it. So, we improvised...some water, extra basil and a chicken bullion cube did the trick. I also had a half of a bag of Trader Joes Organic frozen sweet corn as well. I also call it the vegetable kitchen sink soup..because you can clean out your produce door and just throw in whatever you got!


  1. I found your blog through the feature about you on Larabar's blog and I'm so glad that I did. I'm really digging your blog and healthy vibe!

  2. Thank you so much! Trying to keep myself and the husband healthy with some good food and recipes and I enjoy sharing them with others!