Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

The great thing about making quiche over the weekend is that you already have breakfast made for the week.  I had the last piece yesterday with some canteloupe on the side.  Breakfast comes in at 8 points.

I love all the layers to this one too – you can taste the potato, ham and cheese with each bite.

Nicole of Prevention RD made a broccoli cheddar soup a couple weeks ago – I was intrigued because it was from the Food Network magazine, and that soup recipe jumped out at me immediately too – until I saw that their version was over 600 calories!

But knowing Nicole, I knew she would make a healthier version – I gave some to my boss – even though she has an aversion to cream based soups – and she was literally licking her soup bowl clean.  My slight changes are in blue.

Broccoli-Cheddar Soup adapted from Food Network

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped (nope!)
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half (I used fat free half and half)
1 cup fat free milk
1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (I only had 1 lonely sweet potato, and it was 8 ounces peeled)
1 bay leaf (don’t like bay leaf)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
6 cups chopped broccoli florets
5 oz 2% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/3 cups)

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, half-and-half, milk, both potatoes, bay leaf, 2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl; add 3 tablespoons water and season with salt. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes; drain.

When the potatoes are tender, remove the bay leaf from the soup and transfer the soup to a blender. Puree until smooth, leaving the filler cap slightly open to let steam escape (or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender). Return the soup to the pot and thin with water, if necessary. Return to a simmer over medium-low heat; stir in the broccoli and season with salt and pepper.  (I used my stick blender)

Add the cheese and stir until melted. Ladle the soup into bowls. Yield: 6 servings (2 cups each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 338 calories; 11.3 g. fat; 31 mg. cholesterol; 529 mg. sodium; 45.8 g. carbohydrate; 7.5 g. fiber; 15.3 g. protein

This was light and delicious – of course I did add some Tabasco to my bowl to kick it up a notch.  And you know me, anything with cheese and I am in.  😀  I had leftover salad from our luncheon – I actually ate some vegetables!  Lunch comes in at 11 points.

It was a crazy work day, the weather was rainy and cold so I ended up eating lunch at my desk – I have to tell you it makes the day seem WAY longer when I don’t get that exercise break in. 🙁

I scored on chicken again last week – $1.29 a pound!

I had chicken parmesan on the menu, but when Tony called me and asked what I had planned and I told him parm, he said “I don’t mind what you fix.”  So enter . . . TACOS!  Yep, given the opportunity I will always sneak in Mexican . . . or pizza!  My plate was 9 points.

So I did pretty good yesterday, after dinner I had 28 points for the day.  Until I started watching Biggest Loser in my comfy chair in our den.  What was on the table next to me?  A jar of peanuts.  I mindlessly ate them while I watched t.v., never even measured them out – I stopped myself after 5 minutes, but I’d probably eaten 8 points of peanuts.  Why do I do that?  Especially when watching Biggest Loser! (which I am loving that the 40 year old group is kicking ass!)

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 36 points
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 118

It’s another rainy cold day in Chicago, but I am taking a rain jacket – I am walking during my lunch today come hell or high water!  Have a great day!

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  • renee@mykitchenadventures
    October 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I missed that soup on Nicole’s blog…but I am in a soup making kick lately, and this looks like one to add to the menu! It has been so blah and rainy…we actually set a new record for yearly rainfall….sigh…

    I am opting for treadmill again today. Yucky rainy once again! lol

    Mindless eating in the evenings…I so understand. It’s like you let your guard down when you relax….sigh. New day, right?

  • Jane
    October 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Is the NI yours or Food Newwork’s? It looks so good, thanks
    Jane

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      The nutritional stats are from Nicole’s original recipe – I may have shaved off a few calories because I didn’t have all the sweet potatoes and I subbed in fat free half and half. 😀

  • Erica
    October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I love broccoli & cheddar soup. I always make a lightened up version and I think it tastes just as good! YUP! I’m all for Mexican. I always find a way to sneak it in each week. Get that walk in girl!

  • Helen
    October 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I’m laughing out loud at the snacking during Biggest Loser thing. I always did that too — until I started saving it to watch while running on my treadmill.

    Yucky, rainy here too but it seems that sun and cool temps are on the way for the weekend. I guess I’d rather have the rain when I have to be at work.

  • Skippymom
    October 20, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Bizzy where do you get your cantaloupe? Aren’t you afraid to eat it because of tisteria outbreak?

    They aren’t even selling it in stores here and the schools & colleges in VA stop serving it.

    I miss it. 🙁

    • Skippymom
      October 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Listeria, not tisteria. d’oh

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      I had no idea there were unsafe cantaloupe out there Skippy! But turns out I survived to eat another day – thanks for the heads up though! 😀

      • Skippymom
        October 21, 2011 at 1:58 am

        I wasn’t trying to scare you Bizzy, but the death toll is rising – they haven’t been able to contain it, but maybe it hasn’t reached Chicago.

        I know it takes a few weeks for the symptoms to show up, but I know you are fine. Hopefully it will be over soon.

        You can google it. I know they just recalled bagged salads today too. Weep – I love those things!

  • Pam
    October 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I can’t stand it when I have to miss a walk either. Those days are rare around here but they do happen. That soup sounds perfect now since our days are FINALLY cooler!

  • Shelley B
    October 20, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I forgot to say in yesterday’s comment how good that quiche looked, so I’ll say it today. Love the layer of potatoes on the bottom, especially!

    When I watch the Biggest Loser, I’m reminded (thanks to their subtle and not-so-subtle pushing of Brita products) to drink lots of water, so I always end up spending the rest of the night running (or limping like Frankenstein at the moment) to the bathroom!

    Hope you get your workout on today. 🙂

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Nope – it was rainy and fricken cold – with the wind chill it felt like 37 degrees at noon! 🙁

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Mmmm the soup looks awesome!

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    October 20, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    A quiche and a soup that are perfectly paired in the same category 🙂
    The only time i had a broccoli and cheddar soup was from a can, and we won’t even go there 😉 lol. Very gorgeous photos, this really looks delectable!

    xoxo <3

  • Nicole, RD
    October 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I am so glad you enjoyed the soup! I’m glad the FF half and half worked well. 🙂 Even lighter! And your creamed-soup hating boss loved it, too? Double score!

    That quiche looks amazing, and like you…I would never turn down Mexican…definietly my favorite! And as the years go by (or maybe the more years I’m away from Chicago and the best pizza ever), I am loving pizza more and more, too! 🙂

    And P.S…Biggest Loser is such a funny show for me. I am either eating or exercising…one of either extreme. Hubby and I joke about it because it’s rather ironic 🙂

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      thanks again for the recipe Nicole! 😀

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal
    October 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    That soup definitely looks and sounds great! It’s starting to cool down here so I’m relying on soups to warm me up!

  • Heather
    October 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Mexican is my go-to, too. I can’t get enough!

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    October 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Broccoli + cheese is always a win for me!

    Nuts are sneaky! I used to sit with a container of nuts on my stomach in front of the TV and before I’d know it I’d be scraping the bottom of the container!

    Hope you get in your workout today!

  • Jerry
    October 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Beth, is that the same soup you gave me on Sunday? It was super-delish!
    Love, Mom

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Yep, it was! 😀 Glad you liked it Momma! 😀

      • Mr. Biz (Tony)
        October 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

        I would have preferred a lovely pea soup with ham….and flavor!

  • Lori (Finding Radiance)
    October 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Broccoli and cheese – 2 of my favorite things! yay! I need to make broccoli soup. Never do that for some reason (probably because John doesn’t like broccoli and he is usually the soup maker in our house).

  • thehealthyapron
    October 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve never been a soup fan but that quiche looks awesome!

  • Tami@Nutmeg Notebok
    October 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I wish you lived closer so you could cook for me! I like a good broccoli cheese soup and this one looks delicious. I would never have thought to add a sweet potato. This one is going into my every growing pile of “to try” recipes. So many recipes – so little time.

  • Roz@weightingfor50
    October 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Oh Vat – I could eat a VAT of that soup!! Hope you are having a good Thursday.

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Ha – love it Roz! 😀

  • Veronica Miller
    October 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Do you have a water bottle with a straw? Try filling it before watching TV and drinking from it instead of snacking. Or, you could make a cup of hot tea and sip on that. It might help! Your soup sounds SO good that I’m dying for an “instant gratification” button on my computer right now. I need this RIGHT NOW!

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Sipping hot tea is a great idea – thanks Veronica – although I am usually sipping wine too. 😀

  • sophia
    October 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The only broccoli cheddar soup I’ve had is from Panera.

    OMG. Nuts are just so ridiculously addictive. Cashews and almonds are my weakness.

    • biz319
      October 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Sorry about your grandpa Sophia! 🙁 Hugs!

  • Marie@feedingfive
    October 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Broccoli cheese is one of my husbands favorite. He is not a fan of sweet potatoes though and I love them. Nuts are my weakness as well. At any given time I have at least a dozen different varieties on hand.

  • Tyler
    October 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I love broccoli cheddar soup! I tried making it once and it was not the most delicious thing I’ve tasted. I should probably give it another try!

    I’m kind of in shock that you found Coach bags at your thrift store! I’m sure back home I could find some sweet deals like that, but here, it seems that you aren’t an “official” Army Wife if you aren’t toting a Coach. They are few and far between!

  • smmuconn
    October 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I love creamed based soups. I just wish I could still eat them. I am trying to perfect my butternut squash creamy soup without dairy. I am hoping my coconut milk alternatives will make good alternatives. Thanks for posting 🙂

  • Marion
    October 21, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Hi from Milwaukee up north! You got the same rain that soaked me and Keebler (doggy) last night and this morning. As always, your food looks tastier than mine.

    🙂 Marion

  • Lara
    October 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

    When I saw the headline of this post, I was thinking, “please include nutrition information…please include nutrition information…” Of course you did! Totally bookmarking it…thanks!