The emotion in the face above accurately expresses my feelings on the nasty business of losing weight. Alex and some of his friends are doing their own Biggest Loser competition to help them lose weight. As the dutiful wife and listener to hungry complaints before I bought masses of fruit and vegetables, I have decided it is time for me to join him in his endeavor. Also, I weighed myself the other day. Big mistake. I should have just remained in ignorant bliss. However, weigh I did, and lose I must. So here is a soup I made to help us both out in this trying time.
Winter Weight-Loss Soup
2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (14 or so ounces) tomato sauce
1 quart water (or more. listen to your heart as the soup thickens.)
4 tsp chicken bouillon
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
1 large turnip
1/2 celery stalk
1 large onion
1 small zucchini
2 large carrots
1 small head cabbage, shredded
2/3 cup of split peas
2/3 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste
1. Combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, bouillon, and garlic in a large soup pot. Chop the turnip, celery, onion, zucchini, and carrots into large pieces and add to the pot.
2. Cook at a slow boil for thirty minutes. Add the split peas and rice. Continue boiling for thirty more minutes, stirring enough that you don't burn the corners of the pot of soup like I did. Stir in the cabbage, split peas, rice, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
3. Simmer until cooked through but firm.
Serves . . . a lot.
I'm pretty sure this stuff is fat free, and it's also low calorie, flavorful, and filling. I adapted the recipe from Reader's Digest.com. I take their Diabetes newsletter because I am paranoid delusional about getting diabetes.