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Broc-Star Soup! October 18, 2009

Filed under: Soup — flyingbubble @ 9:18 pm
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This recipe almost isn’t worth posting, there isn’t much involved in the preparation and I wasn’t terribly impressed with the results.  However, I did a photo shoot so I figured I might as well post it and let you all be the judge of it’s tastiness. (It wasn’t bad! I just expected more).  I also made this recipe back in September before I moved. I have a collection of recipes that I have already tried and photographed but not yet posted.  Enough suspense…… Here’s the recipe:

From Hungry Girl’s 200 under 200 cookbook: Cheesy “broc-star” Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 tray Green Giant Just for One! Broccoli & Cheese Sauce

1/2 cup plain light soy milk

1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, chopped into pieces

Salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:  To prepare Broccoli & Cheese Sauce, pull film back slightly to vent.  Microwave for 1.5 minutes.  Pull film back all the way but do not remove, and stir in cheese wedge pieces.  Place film back over the tray and microwave for an additional 45 seconds.  Mix well, and then allow to cool slightly.  Place broccoli-cheese mixture in a blender with soymilk.  Blend at medium speed until desired consistency is reached.  (Blend very briefly if you like broccoli pieces in your soup–blend longer for fully pureed soup).  Transfer soup to your favorite microwave-safe bowl (or your second favorite one if you fave isn’t clean).  Heat soup in the microwave for 45 seconds, or until hot.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Then slurp it up!

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PER SERVING (makes one serving): 125 calories, 5.75g fat, 796mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 7g protein.

 

Split Pea Soup September 13, 2009

Filed under: Soup — flyingbubble @ 7:39 pm
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I want to learn how to cook but mostly I just bake or fry some eggs in a skillet.  This recipe is a made from scratch soup that takes 2 hours to make so I thought it would be a step in the right direction.  Its worth the wait if you have time to kill (leisurely Sunday?) but if you don’t have the time, a pressure cooker will also do the job in about 10-15 minutes.  The soup was actually really easy to make, just throw vegetables in a pot of water, add some seasonings and simmer for 2 hours.  The result was great! The soup was delicious and filling. Split peas actually have a lot of fiber so this is a great low calorie meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry.  You could also add some ham or other meat to the soup for added protein.

Thick and Hearty Split Pea Soup

2 cups dried split peas

8 cups water

2 medium onions, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

1 medium potato, chopped

1 large bay leaf

1/2 tsp celery seed

1 tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp basil

1 tsp thyme

1-2 tsp liquid smoke (the secret ingredient)

2 tsp salt, pepper to taste

Combine the peas and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. While its heating, chop the vegetables and add them and the bay leaf, celery seed, parsley, basil and thyme to the pot. Once it is boiling, cover and cook over low heat for 1.5 to 2 hours and peas are very soft, disintegrating actually.

Add the liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Cook several minutes uncovered to thicken if necessary (or add water to thin if  necessary). Serve with warm whole-grain bread.

Pressure Cooker: Follow the general instructions but only use 6 cups of water. Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes; then allow the pressure to come down naturally. Add the liquid smoke, salt and pepper; taste and ad more seasonings as desired. Cook several minutes uncovered to thicken if necessary (or add water to thin if necessary).

Makes about 8 servings.

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