Despite all the cookie activity around here lately, the Soup Lady is on a diet. Nay - a food plan! The Soup Lady has come to the regrettable conclusion that carbohydrates are her enemy, and to that end, she is now Somersizing.
Oh yes - it is the food plan touted by Suzanne Somers. It is a low carb, high-protein diet similar to the Atkins plan but just a little more girlyfied, which is so much more sutiable for a high-class Soup Lady like your gracious hostess.
And what could be better to fill the empty places where carbohydrates used to be but soup? The following recipes are delightful concoctions that are completely within the plan. If I didn't tell you that, you'd never know that this was weight-loss food. Do not be alarmed at the cheese, sour cream, butter and heavy cream in these recipes - they are perfectly fine and signal your body with early satiety. It's the carbohydrates that one must limit.
Creamy Tomato Soup
Melt 3 tablespooons of unsalted butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Ad 1/2 cup of chopped onion and saute for two minutes. Add 1 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of chicken stock, and 1 cup of heavy cream to the onions. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Puree with a blender or hand-held mixer until smooth. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream if desired.
Cauliflower and Red Bell Pepper Soup
Place 1 pound of frozen caulifower florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 9 minutes. Drain. Place cauliflower on work bowl of a food procesor with 1/2 cup of shredded swiss cheese, 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 cups of chicken stock. Proces until smooth. Add 1/3 cup of heavy cream and pulse until it is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.
Place 12 oz. of roasted red peppers from a jar in a micro-wave safe bowl with 2 cups of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of chopped onions. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Place peppers, onions and stock in bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pulse to blend. Pour into microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
To serve, heat the soups in a microwave until hot, about 2 minutes each. Using two 1-cup measuring cups, each filled 3/4 with soups, pour both soups into soup bolw simultaneously. Swirl soups together with a toothpick. Serve hot.
Sausage and Spinch Soup
Remove 1 pound of sweet sausage meat from casing and form into 1 inch balls. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat. Brown sausage in butter and oil, about 7 minutes. Add 6 cups of chicken stock to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sausage is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Add 1 10-oz. package of frozen spinach and simmer for one minute. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with parmesean cheese for garnish.
recipes from Suzanne Somers' Fast & Easy
Darlings, this is a food plan that the Soup Lady can live with!