Make This Simple Weight Watchers Soup to Help Keep Hunger at Bay
As a hard-working mom, you're always on the go—and that makes stopping to eat something healthy and nutritious almost impossible. Going all day without eating can make it hard to stop once you get home, which makes any attempt following a weight loss diet very difficult.
That's where the Weight Watchers Cabbage soup comes in. It's the kind of soup you prepare ahead of time, keep in the refrigerator and reheat when hunger strikes. It's filling and low in calories, and because it contains only vegetables, it has zero points for those following the Weight Watchers diet plan. Don't confuse this Weight Watchers soup with the Cabbage Soup diet, however. When following Weight Watchers, you're encouraged to eat a variety of foods, including this soup, that fit within your allotted points.
To vary this recipe without adding points, add point-free veggies such as broccoli, collards, cauliflower, yellow summer squash, diced tomatoes or sliced mushrooms. To alter the flavor, red pepper flakes, cumin, bay leaves, sage or turmeric work nicely with the veggies without adding points.
Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes | Serves: 8
- Spray oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 cups cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup green beans, chopped
- 1/2 cup zucchini, cut in rounds and halved
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large saucepan, spray the oil. Add the garlic and onions, and saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add to your saucepan the broth, cabbage, carrots, green beans, zucchini, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
- Simmer the soup until all the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
If you like soup, the Weight Watchers cabbage soup recipe makes a good base for additions. To keep it veggie, add peas, chickpeas, lentils or diced sweet potatoes. Cubed chicken, diced lean beef, or cooked shrimp also make this soup extra tasty. However, these extras also add points, so be sure to measure out your foods before adding to the soup and calculate your points accordingly. Beef broth is the preferred broth for this recipe, but you can also use chicken or vegetable broth.
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and sharing her love of food, nutrition and health with anyone who'll listen for almost 20 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and Working Mother.