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.
Fat grams: 2.2
Sat. Fat grams: 0.6
Fiber grams: 2.4
Just a note...you 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!