Monday, January 10, 2011

Garden Vegetable Soup - "0" Points Plus!

So, in case you didn't guess already - I removed the fat from the top of the chicken broth I made this morning and strained the bones out and made the "0" points Garden Vegetable Soup recipe from the Kick Start Guide in our Weight Watchers Getting Started materials. 

Start by spraying a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray and heat.  Saute 1/2 cup sliced carrots, 1/4 cup diced onion, and 2 minced garlic cloves (I usually use the stuff already minced from a jar) over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add 3 cups of fat-free broth ( beef, chicken or vegetable ),1 cup diced green cabbage, 1 cup chopped spinach, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp dried oregano and 1/4 tsp salt; bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat; simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes.  Stir in 1 cup diced zucchini and cook an additional 3-4 minutes.  Serve hot. 

See how good this looks?  I could easily add some of the chicken I cut up this morning to this (weigh it out, of course, to determine how many points plus that I am adding) and make a nice meal of this, some whole wheat bread and a nice salad.  I'm also fond of adding 2 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese (1pp).  Cheap, easy and sooo gooood.