Category Archives: Soup

Slow Cooker Chili from Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1  pound  ground pork
  • 1  pound  boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3  cups  chopped onion
  • 1 3/4  cups  chopped green bell pepper
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1  cup  lager-style beer (such as Budweiser)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 3  tablespoons  chili powder
  • 1  tablespoon  ground cumin
  • 2  teaspoons  dried oregano
  • 3/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 6  tomatillos, quartered
  • 2  bay leaves
  • 2  (14 1/2-ounce) cans plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1  (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, drained
  • 1  (7 3/4-ounce) can Mexican hot-style tomato sauce (such as El Paso)
  • 1  smoked ham hock (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  sugar
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2  cup  (2 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
  • 8  lime wedges

Preparation

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add ground pork to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to slightly crumble. Drain well. Transfer pork to an electric slow cooker.

2. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add pork shoulder; cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Transfer pork to slow cooker.

3. Recoat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in beer; cook 1 minute. Transfer onion mixture to slow cooker. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, chili powder, and next 9 ingredients (through ham hock) to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 hours or until meat is tender. Remove bay leaves and ham hock; discard. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and sugar. Ladle about 1 1/3 cups chili into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1 tablespoon green onions, and 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve each serving with 1 lime wedge.

Note: You can also cook the chili in a slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours. For cooking chili on the stovetop, use a total of 12 ounces beer and simmer, covered, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the pork shoulder is tender.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 354 (0.0% from fat)
Fat: 14.2g (sat 5.1g,mono 5.9g,poly 1.4g)
Protein: 28.5g
Carbohydrate: 26.4g
Fiber: 6.8g
Cholesterol: 82mg
Iron: 3.8mg
Sodium: 645mg
Calcium: 108mg

Eating Well’s Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup quick-cooking or instant wild rice, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, or turkey (12 ounces; see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, carrots and shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in turkey (or chicken), sour cream and parsley and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Ingredient note: Quick-cooking or instant wild rice has been parboiled to reduce the cooking time. Conventional wild rice takes 40 to 50 minutes to cook. Be sure to check the cooking directions when selecting your rice—some brands labeled “quick” take about 30 minutes to cook. If you can’t find the quick-cooking variety, just add cooked conventional wild rice along with the turkey at the end of Step 2.
  • Tip: To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 354 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 87 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 3 g fiber; 378 mg sodium; 577 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (90% daily value), Zinc (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

See the recipe at EatingWell.com

Eating Well’s Chicken & Spinach Soup with Pesto

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup carrot or diced red bell pepper
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces), cut into quarters
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup plain or herbed multigrain croutons for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook, turning the chicken and stirring frequently, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with croutons, if desired.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 204 calories; 8 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 29 mg cholesterol; 16 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 6 g fiber; 691 mg sodium; 529 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (110% daily value), Folate & Vitamin C (20% dv).

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

See the recipe at EatingWell.com