Mind Over Platter: Soup Edition



Right after Thanksgiving I put together a post on how to survive the holidays with a combination of fasting, working out and making better choices. Keyword there was: survive. I gained no weight but I didn't lose any either. I made no promises to you about dropping 10 or 20 lbs. I won’t make that promise here today either. I truly believe if you workout hard 5 days a week and fast you’ll drop the weight, but that seems like I am asking a lot. So over the next few weeks I am going to drop some recipes that are low cal and low Weight Watchers points. Some are 21 Day Fix approved, a few are even Keto and Whole 30! Today’s mind over platter is easy and delicious soups. Are the dad puns getting out of control? Moving on to the recipes.


Tortilla Soup



Back in spring of 2013 I was strolling down the eastern coastline when I saw a breached Orca. JK! What is with recipe posts having long, weird stories about, who knows because they don’t get read? These recipes feed 6. This can be made in the Crockpot or Instapot. Don't worry, I'll tell you how to adjust. These are similar to my margarita glasses and square bowls.


Ingredients:

1 TBS of garlic

1 cup of diced yellow onion

2-3 chicken breasts depending on size

½ TSP chili powder

½ TSP cayenne

1 TBS cumin

1 can of corn drained

1 can of black beans drained

1 can of white beans drained

1 small can of green chilies

1 large can stewed tomatoes

2 small boxes of chicken broth (I accidentally only picture one

salt and pepper


Optional:

Avocado

Mexican or Taco Cheese Mix

Tortilla Chips

Hot Sauce (Yellow Bird Hot Sauce was my top seller of 2020)

Sour Cream

Fresh Lime


Directions:

Add all ingredients and stir. Set to pressure cook for 8 mins if the chicken is fresh and 12 if it is frozen. Natural release for 10 min and then manual release. You will need to shred the chicken. We take the chicken out and then add it back into the Instapot.


Crockpot directions:

Add all ingredients except beans and corn. Cook on high for 4-6 hours depending on if the chicken is frozen. Or 8 hours on low. Add corn and beans in the last hour.


Served topped with tortilla chips, cheese and avocado. My daughter adds sour cream to cut back on the spicy and my husband adds hot sauce. You can add the margarita but note that adds calories. A squeeze of fresh lime really finishes this soup off perfectly. Here are my salt and pepper shakers and the Himalayan pink salt we use and the peppercorns. We have them on Amazon subscription.


White Bean Chicken Chili



This has very few ingredients and is so easy but still has a lot of flavor. It’s zero points on WW green plan. Here are my glass bowls and my grapefruit La Croix.


Ingredients:

2-3 chicken breasts (depending on size)

1 can of corn (frozen if crockpot)

2 cans of white beans (they don’t need to be the same

1 large box of chicken broth

1 large can of green chilies

salt and pepper


Optional:

Mexican or Taco Cheese Mix

Tortilla Chips


Instapot Directions:


Add all ingredients and stir. Set to pressure cook for 8 mins if the chicken is fresh and 12 if it is frozen. Natural release for 10 min and then manual release. You will need to shred the chicken. We take the chicken out and then add it back into Instapot.


Crockpot directions:

Add all ingredients except beans and corn. Cook on high for 4-6 hours depending on if the chicken is frozen. Or 8 hours on low. Add corn and beans in the last hour.


Serve with tortilla chips and mexican or taco blend cheese, add extra pepper. This is so low calorie I hate adding alcohol so I did a flavorful seltzer.


Black Bean Soup




I know this is a lot of southwest but this soup is so good. These bowls are a great smaller size, perfect for portioning. Here are my stemless red wine glasses and food processor


Ingredients:

6 cans of black beans

1 can of corn

1 TBS of cumin

1 large jar of salsa

salt and pepper


Optional:

Red & Green Peppers

Sour cream


Directions:

  1. In a food processor puree three cans of black beans, don’t drain.

  2. In a large pot on medium heat add pureed beans to 3 cans of beans, don’t drain.

  3. Add can of corn, drain.

  4. Add salsa and cumin.

  5. Stir periodically for 20 min.

  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.


You can serve with diced peppers on top. My daughter adds sour cream to this as well. It goes well with sangria.


Taco Soup




Finished soup, ingredients, browning turkey pictures, simmering soup

These ingredients seem odd but it’s very tasty. It’s only 1 WW point on green. These are my red soup bowls I got for Christmas along with these soup spoons.


Ingredients:

1 lb of ground turkey

1 TSP of olive oil

1 cup of diced onion

1 packet of ranch seasoning

1 packet of taco seasoning

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of pinto beans

1 can of black beans

1 can of corn or frozen

2 cans of diced tomatoes with chilies

1 small box of chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste


Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large pot.

  2. Add turkey and onion and cook until brown and translucent.

  3. Add seasoning packets.

  4. Add beans and corn, drained.

  5. Add tomatoes and chicken broth.

  6. Bring to boil.

  7. Reduce heart and then cover and simmer for 15 min.


We don’t add anything to this and it’s perfect with a skinny margarita which will appear in my next Mind Over Platter series.


Easy Wonton Soup




Ingredients:

1 large box of chicken broth

1 TSP of ginger paste

1 TSP of minced garlic

1 TBS soy sauce

1 TBS sesame oil

15-20 frozen wontons or 10 pot stickers

1 baby bok choy

1 green onion bunch


Optional:

garlic chili sauce


Directions:

  1. Add chicken stock, garlic and ginger to pot.

  2. Bring chicken broth to a boil.

  3. Slice baby bok choy leaves and stems in half.

  4. Chop green onions.

  5. Add wontons or pot stickers and let simmer for three minutes.

  6. Add soy sauce and sesame oil.

  7. Add bok choy and cook for five minuets.

  8. Garnish with green onions and add garlic chili sauce if desired.

This goes really well with a sake, but of course that adds calories. Hope you enjoy some soup!


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