Diet Soup Recipe – Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato:
It is definitely soup season again. Any regular reader may have noticed that I am not the most patient of cooks. While I prefer to cook from scratch, I am quite prepared to take shortcuts. And, although I would always recommend buying your vegetables ‘whole’, sometimes those little peeled and pre-diced packs look too useful to ignore. On the downside, I know that the minute you peel and dice vegetables they start to age faster and lose vital nutrients. So if you are tempted to cheat occasionally then make sure you use whatever veg you buy very quickly. Especially if you are dieting. Remember that if you are reducing the total quantity of food you eat, then if you continue eating like-for-like you will also be reducing the vitamins and minerals you are eating.
One of the benefits of using an elite blender like the froothie means that food is essentially ‘raw’; even though it is warmed through, it never boils. And, that counterbalances the effect of cheating enough for me to feel I’m creating something healthy even if I am using pre-diced vegetables. Butternut squash is one of those vegetables that is just hard work to peel and dice so the 350g bag of mixed squash and sweet potato to make this low calorie diet soup felt like a perfectly valid cheat to me.
This time I decided to TIME my soup making. I was a little disappointed with the first soup I made in the froothie because it didn’t heat up as much as I’d hoped. But, as I mentioned, patience is not a strong point of mine…
Putting the timer on for 7 minutes resulted in a piping hot, velvety textured soup. Enough for three greedy dishes or four smaller ones, the calorie count per bowl will depend on your portion size. The only fat comes from the coconut cream so you can indulge in a good bowlful for around 70 calories (the squash and sweet potato mix is just 40cals per 100g making the entire pack 140 calories while a tablespoon of coconut cream is 50 calories. So a large bowl of soup would be around 80 calories and if you manage to stretch the soup to feed four people you can cut that to 60 calories.
Still looking for a soup recipe on your diet – my Low Calorie Celery Soup is really low in calories and high in taste. Or for something different, try this Diet Spinach and Lentil Soup. And, who wouldn’t be happy with a big bowl of Low Calorie Cream of Tomato Soup for a diet Lunch