Homemade soup helps me lose weight, especially a Weight Watchers friendly recipe. I usually don't eat Butternut squash soup because it is paired with sweeteners,cream and apples; this soup is not, and it's lower in calories! It is savory and is made with onions, carrots, and garlic.. I first tasted this nutritious soup at my sister in law Danielle's house for a holiday. For me, it was love at first bite. The soup is soothing, absolutely delicious, and filling. Oh! it's only 1 point plus on Weight Watchers!
Homemade soup helps me maintain or even lose weight..Here's how. Because it's filling, high in nutrients and fiber, it's a perfect starter to help curb my appetite before I eat lunch or dinner. Because it is low in calories , I can enjoy 1 cup of this satisfying soup for just 1 Point Plus.
Homemade soup can be a great strategy for weight loss. By the time I cook dinner, I am usually fairly hungry, and I find that I end up snacking while cooking! Without a bowl of homemade soup handy, I usually consume a large handful of rice crackers with some dip or maybe something even more fattening. I've decided that it's healthier for me and my weight to have a bowl of low calorie vegetable filling homemade soup always available.. After I take a few minutes to warm up and relax with a nice bowl of soup, I can then start to make dinner without snacking , and I usually eat less . it's a strategy that works for me. (I keep repeating the word homemade because store bought and canned soup are very very salty and not a good choice, especially for weight loss. )
I make a large pot of soup on the weekend and freeze some for other times.I always have a variety of soup in my freezer. Sometimes I only have to make soup every two or three weeks. In a pinch, I make a Carrot Ginger Comfort Soup that can be made in about 15-20 minutes. Other times I use the crock pot and make Vegetable detox soup that is 1 point plus on WW.
Fall is here! Butternut squash is in season and plentiful .. pin this easy recipe for later and enjoy..
3 cups of cooked butternut squash ( I cut mine in half, scoop, and steam in steamer basket, then peel)
1 cup of raw carrots, sliced
1 and half cups of onions, diced
4 cloves of fresh garlic, pressed
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, skinned off the stem
4 cups of vegetable broth
2 cups of boiling water
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste or 1 tsp of 21 Salute ( 21 salt free herbs from Trader Joe's)
optional: I love this mild soup just the way it is; however, if you want a more exotic flavor add 1 tsp of curry powder or graham masala to give it a kick! But I don't ..
I adapted this recipe from a curried butternut soup I saw on a blog called Our Neck of the Woods.
Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil spray or coconut oil ( Trader Joe's) cooking spray on low. Add the cooked butternut squash, raw sliced carrot and rosemary , and saute for a few minutes. Add the broth and the boiling water. Cook on low until the carrots are tender. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend. Add salt pepper to taste.
|I cut my squash in half , scoop out seeds and steam in a steaming basket. |
When cool, I remove the skin easily and chop. ( Peeling it first is a bear)
|My Fresh Rosemary is still growing outside.|
This savory butternut squash soup is just one of the low calorie but nutrient dense soups that I make.
I also make the following soups.
- Vegetable detox soup,
- vegan Mushroom artichoke soup
- vegan Spanish Chickpea Soup,
- Very fast and easy vegan Carrot Ginger Comfort Soup,
- Fresh Beet Borscht ,
- vegan Skinny Cabbage Soup,
- vegan Creamy Tomato Coconut Soup , ( I use coconut milk unsweetened 30 calories / cup)
- vegan Spinach Vegetable Soup.
- Some of the soups are made in the crock pot and that's a real time saver..
What healthy weight loss strategies work for you to help curb your appetite or fill you up so you can still lose or maintain your weight? How do you peel butternut squash easily?
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