Photo courtesy of Weight Watchers.
One of the advantages I’ve gleaned since joining Weight Watchers (aside from the weight loss) is that I am spending more time in the kitchen. One might wonder why I consider that as an advantage, and I wouldn’t have considered it an advantage at one point in my life either. These days I am consciously trying to slow down and focus on what is important and, in doing so, I am remembering the satisfication I once received from my time in the kitchen preparing meals for my family and trying out new recipes.
I get a daily email from Hungry Girl and I’ve tried many of the recipes she sends. Last weeks White Lasagne was a big hit with both Gerry and I. One of the staples I have been enjoying a few times a week is a recipe I got at my first Weight Watchers meeting for Garden Vegetable Soup that is worth zero points. I enjoy this soup on many levels: I enjoy the process of making it, I like the fact that I can make a big batch and eat it for two or three nights guilt-free, I like the fact that it is delicious and fills me up at the same time.
If you Google “zero point vegetable soup” you can find many versions of this recipe; even the one I found on the Weight Watchers site is slightly different from the one I have. I have customized the recipe a bit for myself as well and, at the request of my Facebook friends, am sharing my recipe with you today.
Spray a large pot with cooking spray. Sautee one large chopped white onion and 4 or 5 chopped carrots until the onion is nicely carmelized. Pour in two cartons of vegetable broth; I use Pacific organic vegetable broth. Add 1 head of chopped green cabbage, 1 package of baby spinach, 1 6 ounce tin of tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano, and salt to taste. (I use approximately 2 tsp of basil and 1 1/2 tsp of the oregano.) Reduce heat, cover, and simmer. My recipe says to summer for about 15 minutes but I always leave it longer than that. Typically mine will simmer for an hour while I do other things around the house. Just before you are ready to serve, stir in 1 diced zucchini and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
That’s it! Easy, easy, and oh-so-delicious!
If you try it, please leave a comment and let me know how you like it!