Tuesday, February 09, 2010

what's cooking wednesday - garden vegetable soup

So as it turns out you talk a lot about food when you're on Weight Watcher's. Not just food, but how many points it's worth and whether or not you're willing to spend the points on it. My fridge has never been so full of veggies in my life. Why? Well because in most cases they have a zero point value. Zero point food equals awesome when you're on Weight Watchers. And given our love of soup, you have to know I was going to try their zero point version.

Garden Vegetable Soup

2/3 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
2 minced garlic cloves
750 ml fat free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage
1/2 cup green beans
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup diced zucchini

Spray a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray, heat. Saute the carrot, onion and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered, about 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in zucchini and heat for 3 - 4 minutes. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes: I gotta say, I wasn't so sure about this soup when I was making it. I think that comes from the, often wrong, assumption of - "diet" = tasteless. I think Mike and I were both more than surprised that this soup tasted lovely. I used veggie broth, left out the beans, cause I had none and added some fresh cracked black pepper. Oh and I shook in some Italian seasoning instead of the separate basil and oregano because, again, that was what I had. So this was a big hit with Mike and I and he was already requesting another pot, asap. Tonight we had it with pizza queasdillas (low fat mozzarella, turkey pepperoni and some pizza sauce on a high fibre wrap). Yum!!

What is What's Cooking Wednesday and how can I play?

What's cooking Wednesday was born out of a desire to get out of that what's for dinner rut. Playing is easy, on Wednesday post a recipe that has been tried and tested by you and then pop over here and add your name to the Mr. Linky. When entering your name also add the name of the recipe in brackets and make sure you link to your What's Cooking Wednesday post and not just your blog's front page. *All front page links will be deleted!* Don't make me be a jerk. And don't forget to link back here, the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

So for example I would write Shan (Speedy Chicken Stir Fry) in the name section. For the URL section I would post this: http://shanrev.blogspot.com/2007/10/whats-cooking-wednesday-speedy-chicken.html

I'll let you in on a little secret, my WCW recipes are almost never made on a Wednesday. So feel free to cook and photograph whenever you have time and join us posting on Wednesday

PS - Tune in Thursday for an exciting announcement and a giveaway!!


Alea said...

Your soup sounds delicious! The fact that it is so healthy just make it better!

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Oops, I hit the enter button twice. Can you tell I am a spacey new blogger! I love your recipe!!! I am trying to eat better and this fits right into what I want to be eating. I am going to give it a try! Thanks. ~

Julie said...

I can't believe no one got the bananahammock reference. laimos!

you are more than welcome to come pull up a couch and cry with me throughout the Olympics. I am a blubbering mess from the start at the opening ceremonies until the closing.

and then we can watch breakfast club and recite all the lines!

soul mates sista!