Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Calorie Girl Basic Veggy Soup Recipe.

1.) Giant Stock pot
2.) add 4 to 6 tbsp of good olive oil
3.) 6 Large Leeks (white and green parts). Best way to wash leeks is to slit in half and let water run through the leaves.
4.) Roughly Chop the leeks into 1 inch pieces and add to oil in pot and toss, cook at low temp to soften not brown
5.) Finely chop 10 cloves of garlic and add to simmering leeks
6.) Add tablespoons of water to prevent leeks and garlic from browning
7.) Finely chop 5 sticks of celery and add, let all simmer and get soft.
8.) Roughly chop giant head of Napa Cabbage or Savoy Cabbage or half of both and add.
9.) Now fill with water to cover the veggies then add another half as much water.
!0.) Use vegetarian chicken flavor bouillon cubes or powder, I use 8 cubes.
11.) Add herbs if you like - I change it all the time. Add pepper, but no salt. Add a tbsp of sweetener or sugar to enhance all the flavors
12.) Bring to a boil and then reduce to a high simmer for about 15 minutes, taste it and add whatever it needs.
That is the basic recipe and is very low calorie, approx 50 calories in a bowl. Full of Roughage and detoxing nutrients. You can have it anytime makes about 4 one litre jars of soup. Best to have just the soup for dinner 4 nights a week.

You can do many things with this base. Add any one or combo of all of the following suggestions, I have and it is YUMMY! Sometimes I even puree the soup just for a different texture.
Canned organic tomatoes,
Black-eyed Peas, or Pinto beans
Spinach, Kale, Collards, Swiss Chard
Zucchinis, Red Pepper, Mushrooms.
Carrots, Cauliflower (good pureed with Cauliflower)
Parsnips, Green and/or yellow beans
Hot chili pepper flakes

Note: there are no starchy vegetables except for carrots. Without carrots you can eat this soup as a fill-me-up that is so healthy. Use all fresh and organic veggies if you are able. I hope you like it.

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