Friday, November 12, 2010

Cabbage Soup

I love a good soup - most chefs do! It can be a one dish meal full of nutrients or it can be great snack (just zap a bowl in the microwave and eat). I am especially thankful that most soups are really satisfying, low in calories and easy to make.

Here is a soup I make in my pressure cooker (not like my mom's pressure cooker that was scary but a Swiss one that is really full proof - or try one of the electric ones). This can easily be made in a slow cooker on low for 4 or 5 hours as well. It makes a big batch. Because it has vinegar in it, it last a long time in the frig or freezer.

I like to keep these low point soups around during the holidays so I can make a good choice and eat this instead of holiday treat that is handy to grab and calling my name!

CABBAGE SOUP WITH CARAWAY (or no caraway if you don't like that flavor)

2 t canola oil
1 med onion coarsely chopped
1 lg carrot large dice
1 - 2 T caraway seed (or use fennel or dill if you prefer)
1 bay leaf
2 cups apple cider
2 cups stock of your choice
2 cups cold water
2 T cider vinegar
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes - including the juice
1 small head of cabbage (about 2 lbs) quartered, cored and shredded
1 t salt (or to taste)
freshly ground pepper

Saute the onion in oil. Add the carrot and caraway seed and saute another minute or so. Dump in all the other ingredients. Put your lid, securely, on the pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook 5 minutes. Release pressure with quick release method. You are done!

If you are using a slow cooker, after you saute the onion, dump everything into your crock pot and cook on low for 4 - 5 hours.

You can alter the recipe by the addition of 1/3 cup of rice - but that adds a 0.5 pt to each serving (but it is more filling that way).

Overall this is about 1/2 pt per serving if you divide into 10 servings. It is so good you might want to have a second helping!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sneak a peek!

Checkout this Youtube link to sneak a peek at what is coming from Weight Watchers!

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Quotes for the up coming holidays:

Here are some quotes you can use to inspire you as you work through the holidays.

Best Holiday Exercise: Pushing away from the table.

Remember~it's a HOLI...DAY not a HOLI...WEEK!

Don't stuff your face, Face your stuff!

Make sure you serve yourself islands, not continents.

Those invisible extras multiply and divide all over your body.

Whether I count it or not.... it counts

The first two bites of what you love.. is what you love!

"Prior planning prevents pudgy people"

If you want a little behind, you must leave a little behind.

He who stuffeth puffeth.

May you eat from the horn of plenty without blowing it.

"Don't be a turkey! Remember what you want the most and make it happen."

If you gobble, gobble, gobble, you will wobble, wobble, wobble.

Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

The minutes spent at the dinner table won’t get you fat . . its the SECONDS!

A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

Years from now we probably won’t even remember what we ate for Thanksgiving but what we will remember is the memories made with friends and family.

Remember for the holidays, it’s not what’s in your stomach that counts, it’s what’s in your heart.

Don’t exchange what you want most for what you want at the moment.