Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wendy's Energy Soup

This soup was inspired by recipes from Bethanny Frankel, author of Naturally Thin, and Jackie Wicks, owner of the website  I made it in large batches and ate it for lunch or dinner as I lost weight.  The more I ate, the more weight I lost!  I'm sure it is due to the extrememly high nutrient content, but low calorie content.  Everyone in my family loves it! Be warned, once you have a bowl of this, you may not have room in your tummy for much else . . .

(2 1/2 cups = 1 Weight Watchers point)

1 very large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves if garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp olive oil
8 cups vegetable broth (2 boxes)
6 medium sized zucchini, cut into cubes
1 package mushrooms, cut into chunks if mushrooms are large
1 bag fresh spinach
Salt and pepper to taste
Other seasoning to taste
12 ounces frozen butternut squash, defrosted

Saute the onion in a large soup pot in the olive oil, until translucent and slightly soft. Add garlic and sautee for a few more minutes. Add the broth, zucchini, and mushrooms. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes or zucchini are soft. Stir in fresh spinach, it will wilt immediately.

Using a hand (immersion) blender, puree the onion-garlic-zucchini-mushroom-spinach mixture until smooth. Add the defrosted butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper and ANY other seasonings you like, to taste. (I like something with a little heat like cayenne pepper.)


Rachel Grossman McDaniel said...

This soup is delicious. I feel healthier just looking at it :) I made a huge pot, and it is in the fridge for the week.

Solganik said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying it Rachel! The more you eat, the skinnier you get, so watch out Angelina Jolie!

Karen Hilsberg said...

the soup!!! it is definitely a great weight loss tool.

Billie said...

I know I will need a little added protein to feel truly satisfied. I'm thinking a few chopped walnuts. Any suggestions or recommendations?

Wendy said...

Billie-When I eat this soup, it is never my entire meal. I will eat either a very large salad or a sandwich of ezekial break with hummus and a big slice of tomato and/or cucumber. Now that makes a filling volumetric meal! I hope you give the soup a try. It's delicious!

Billie said...

Thanks, Wendy! That makes so much more sense to me now. I will definitely give it a try. Going to the grocery store today!

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