Starting with Soup
I live on good soup, not on fine words. - Moliere
Last week many of you made some fantastic home-made stock. Now what on earth should you do with it? Most calorie counters know how to answer that question. Let's make soup! With stock in your freezer or fridge, soup is an easy fix on even the busiest work night. The hard part is already done so all you have to do is heat up the stock and toss in a few of your favorite ingredients. Plus you get to avoid the problem of BPA in canned soup.
Soup, savored as a first course to any meal, fits a calorie counting lifestyle perfectly. It fills you with nutrition before the “main event” which is often where the calories lie in wait for us all. Stretching the meal out a few minutes by breaking it into courses gives your stomach time to send the word to your brain that it is not as hungry as it thought it was. Eating in courses, starting with soup, brilliantly allows you to be satisfied with less food instead of feeling as if you have just deprived yourself mightily.
Some of you still have left over turkey and your very own turkey stock in the fridge or freezer. Pretty much all you need now is some ravioli and spinach to make the first of the delicious recipes below.
Crazypotato98’s Turkey, Spinach, and Ravioli Soup is simple and quick to make with your turkey stock. So, put down that can opener and make this instead!
Laura’s Thyme for Veggie Soup has multiple personalities all determined by the stock you choose.
Use your delicious chicken stock in Sheila’s Mulligatawnay Soup.
Hollie’s Roasted Red Pepper Soup would be great with either chicken or vegetable stock.
Meatball Soup is the perfect comfort food way to use your wonderful beef stock.
Enjoy a bowl of vegetable soup before your next holiday party. Soup, when treated as the first course in advance of a party, is a friend that will help you keep portions under control no matter how laden to the point of groaning the party tables may be. Don’t eat so much soup that you cannot have any treats, just eat enough to take the edge off of your hunger; one bowl will be just fine.
Did you make stock last week? What kind and what sort of wonderful things did you add to make it even better? How will you turn your stock into great soup? Have you tried eating a bowl of soup before parties? Do you have a favorite soup recipe to make in the winter? Did you know about the levels of BPA in canned soup? Share your ideas here! If you would like to have your recipe considered for posting to The CC Palate, send the recipe to me here via pm.
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