Monday, August 24, 2009
Soup for the Win
What? Soup? But summer isn't over yet!
I have been crafting simple soups all summer of both the hot and cold varieties. These fabulous bowls of liquid and veggies help fill you up as a perfect low calorie option before meals. Studies have found that we take in less calories while still feeling satisfied when we start our meals with a broth based soup.
While simmering soups for long periods help the flavors meld together, making a simple soup at home is quick and full of fabulous nutrients!
I recently had the opportunity to try Emeril's vegetable stock though the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. I decided to make a quick and simple veggie soup by sauteing some pre-diced onions and garlic. I then added a vegetable mix that came fresh from my grocer's refrigerated produce section as well as some fresh chilies. Then topped off the veggies with the broth. Simmers for about twenty minutes before enjoying the first bowl. Yum! You can even toss half the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the rest of the soup and you have a chunky, almost creamy soup.
Easy. Delicious. And good for you!
Emeril's stock has only 15 calories for one cup. Not fat, fiber or protein.
Ingredients: filtered water, cooked vegetables* (carrot, onion, celery, tomato), cane juice*, yeast extract*, sea salt, molasses*, carrot powder*, onion powder*, potato flour*, flavoring*, flavoring and canola oil
* = organic ingredients
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