Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Healthy Comfort Soup

Last night I tried this new soup! I found that although it took much longer than I thought it would to make, it was totally worth it! I typically like cooking but last night I felt like I was really in "the zone". I felt a sense of relief while I made this soup. I didn't even realize how much time had passed until I was finished. It was a nice distraction from all of the stressful things going on in my life right now.

The soup took me about 90 minutes from start to finish. It will probably take you less time because like I said, I really lost myself in the kitchen. I did make some changes to the original recipe. For example, I used an entire bag of frozen broccoli, added more garlic and did not include celery. I may try it with the original amount of garlic next time (only 1 tbsp) because it was very strong. Luckily, both my husband and I love garlic so we weren't complaining! My version of this delicious soup is below:

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped carrot
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
5 cups chopped broccoli
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste


Melt the butter in a large soup pot.  Add onions and carrots; saute over medium heat until tender.  Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes.  Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender.  Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened.  Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through.  Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.
This is a hearty mix of cheesey vegetables and potatoes. It's rare to see "healthy" and "comfort" in the same sentence, but I think this soup may just be the definition of a healthy comfort soup!

Along with being distracted from stress while making this soup, I was also distracted from the urge to binge. I did really well yesterday! I was within my suggested nutritional range and felt really good about it. After my confession in my blog yesterday, and after reading all of the amazing and helpful comments, I decided to really pay attention to how I was feeling when I was "hungry". It didn't make sense that just after finishing a bowl of soup and a plate of salad that I would be itching (almost literally...) to eat something else. So, I took some great advice from my awesome readers and I waited. I drank a glass of water and I told myself if I was still hungry in 20 minutes, I could eat something. The time went by and it turned out that I wasn't as hungry as I thought I was. I ate a 100 calorie ice cream cup and stopped there. I was satisfied!

Even though I spent the most calories on my snacks yesterday, I have to say they were actually pretty well distributed throughout my day. For example, even though I didn't have a lot of calories at breakfast, I did eat some of my snacks shortly after.

Do you tend to eat more calories for breakfast, lunch or for dinner? What is your favorite meal?
Growing up, dinner was always our biggest (and best) meal of the day. Dinner is definitely my favorite meal of the day, still. It's the meal that I get to share with my husband the most, which it important to me.


  1. I have a hard time eating breakfast. I have never liked breakfast and sometimes eating it makes me sick. I think its in my mind but I dont like it. I prefer a nice big dinner with the family.
    Its not the healthiest meal plan to have a large dinner but thats what we do here because its the only meal we eat as a family. Its hard to break your eating habits from a child I didnt eat breakfast often (my choice) and we ate a big meal at dinner as a family.