Thursday, September 20, 2012

On My Hearth: Fresh Vegetable Soup



After a lot of pondering, I decided to re-join Weight Watchers, officially, at a meeting.  I know many people (including myself) have had success with the online program but at this time in my life, I feel that I need more structure and accountability.  Weighing myself weekly just isn't good enough, I need to answer to someone else. I also crave the support and camaraderie of the physical meetings, something you just can't match in the cyber community.  Now that vacation is over and we'll be (mostly) in one place for a couple of months, it's the perfect time for it.

The Volusia county chapter has something the Dade/Broward chapters are missing: the Monthly Plan.  For one flat rate, you have access to unlimited meetings as well as access to the E-tools.  For some reason they don't offer this down south, so I decided to take advantage of my part time Ormond Beach residence.  Hopefully when I'm in Pines, the center there will honor my pass, will have to figure that out. 

Anyway, I have been to a couple of meetings at this center before and really enjoyed the Monday morning leader, Barbra.  She's in my age range and has a similar lifestyle to mine so I feel that I can relate to her.  She's in fantastic shape, walks every day, is very motivating and inspiring, something I need right now.

When I look back to my weight loss successes, regardless of the eating plan, there are two common denominators: vegetables and exercise.  An abundance of the first, moderation of the second. It's common sense, really; the more fibrous, filling veggies I eat, the less room there is for junk. And when I move my body, even if it's just a 30 minute walk with Loki each day, I burn calories and boost my mood, minimizing the need for emotional eating and cutting down on cravings.  It's a win/win, and they work hand in hand. 

It's fortunate that I love vegetables of all kinds, yet I get tired of plate after plate of salad.  This is where soup comes in.  Soup warms and fills me better than raw cold veggies, and provides a bit of "comfort" as well.  I find that if I have a big vat of soup in the refrigerator, I will grab a bowl of that before going for the junk food, and almost every time it fills whatever need/craving I have with nominal calories consumed.

One of my favorites is the tried & true Weight Watchers Fresh Vegetable Soup. There have been variations of it floating around for years! It used to be called Zero Point Soup but now it costs 1 PointsPlus; I can handle that. There are calories, after all, and even good ones add up.

I gathered up the ingredients yesterday and made a big pot..after cooking til almost done on the stove top, I transferred the soup into the crockpot and kept on warm for the remainder of the day, making it readily available.  Chip even gobbled up a bowl for dinner, said it was very good. High praise coming from my veggie-adverse hubby!

 
Fresh Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup
Weight Watchers Recipe

1PointsPlus Value
Prep time:  35 min
Cook time:  13 min
Serves: 12
 
Some say this soup is the secret to their weight-loss success. It's a great midday snack or dinner appetizer.

 

Ingredients

 

Instructions

  • Put garlic, vegetables, thyme and broth into a large soup pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partly covered, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in parsley or chives; season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Notes

  • If you like thick soups, consider pureeing this recipe in the pot with an immersion blender.

    There are so many variations on this recipe. Add or leave out vegetables to suit your taste.

    Save time by using frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones (though the texture of the soup might change a bit). You can also buy small amounts of pre-cut vegetables from your supermarket's salad bar.


I had a bowl for lunch and another for dinner, adding 1/2 cup of ditalini pasta and a sauteed veggie sausage to the dinner portion. Of course this added a few PointsPlus but made a more substantial while still low-PointsPlus meal. It was as delicious as I remember, filling and tasty, looking forward to another bowl or two today!

Enjoy!

Michele~


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