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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Healthy Soup Recipes for Weight Loss

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Behold, the power of Stewp!

I hope everyone in the States had a great holiday weekend! I spent the week with my family on the beach.

 

 

I’ve been going to this particular spot almost every summer since I was born.  It is such a great place to “unplug” and get centered.

 

 

After a long weekend it’s back to a busy work week. I always try to get right back on the healthy eating train by immediately going to the grocery store to stock up on lots of fresh produce, fruits, veggies and other essentials.   Then I’ll make large quantities of healthy dishes for the week.  This week I’m coming back to a jam-packed schedule. Since my flight got in last night at midnight, I had very little time to prepare. I had to be inventive and use whatever I had left in the fridge. It’s times like these that are perfect for stewp!  One of my dear friends came up with the name and I just love it! Of course it’s a dish that falls somewhere between soup, and stew.

Soup + Stew = Stewp!

 

I love me a good stewp. This one is especially delicious! I made a HUUUUUGE quantity to last all week. I need something that will taste good as left overs and be easily portable.  Between this delicious stewp, my glowing green smoothies, green juice (I love drinking green juice all day, it makes such a huge difference in cravings! More on this coming soon…), and veggies and hummus, or my recent fave babaganoush, I am set!

 

Today I packed a green smoothie, a chocolate smoothie and my stewp and then quickly stopped by the grocery store to pick up some baby carrots and hummus to take with me to work. My schedule is going to be crazy everyday this week so having a large batch of a healthy dish already made is a life saver. Often times the key to weight loss is BEING PREPARED. If you go to the grocery store and make several dishes for the week, you’re going to be successful. But you’ve GOT to actually do those two things. If you don’t have groceries or if you’ve got groceries but they’re just sitting in the fridge, you’re not going to lose weight. If you’re out or at home and don’t have any healthy options it’s going to be nearly impossible to succeed.  I can’t stress this enough. Often times the biggest factor to one’s success is their willingness to take the time out for THEMSELVES in order to get to the grocery store or make a simple meal. I know you’re busy but you can’t put excuses before your own health. You’re better than that! WAAAAY better! So get your beautiful behind to the store so you can make this amazing stewp!

 

Stewp Recipe

 

You’ll need:

  • 1lb carrots, chopped
  • 1 bag celery, chopped
  • ½ head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced
  • 8-10 red potatoes. diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1-2 stalks broccoli chopped finely – I use the broccoli stems too, they are delicious in stewp!
  • 2 med tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tsps sea salt
  • 2-3 Tbs Nutritional Yeast Flakes (optional)
  • 3 Tbs Polenta (optional)

 

 

*Remember, I just used whatever I had left in my fridge. The possibilities are ENDLESS! I love to make stewps with local seasonal veggies from the farmer’s market. Other great additions could have been zucchini, yellow squash, turnips, corn, parsnips, or any other veggies you love; the combination is really up to you!

 

 

Simply add the chopped veggies, polenta, sea salt and about 2 cups of water to a very large pot – (and I mean LARGE, my recipe will make about 7-10 good sized servings). Cook on med-high heat for about 45mins or until veggies are soft.  After 20mins, using a wooden spoon, start stirring the mixture frequently. This will cause the veggies to start breaking apart, turning the soup into more of a “stewp” consistency. After the soup is fully cooked, you can also add Nutritional Yeast Flakes (also known as ‘NOOCH’ for short) if desired. I looooove adding nooch to my savory dishes. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor and is rich in B vitamins (especially B12), high in protein, contains 18 amino acids (making it a complete protein) and 15 minerals. Nooch is especially great for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and vegetarians. If you want to order your nooch and/or polenta through iherb.com, you can use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 off your first order!

You won’t believe how good this soup is. And you really won’t believe that it’s composed of just veggies, sea salt and water! But it is!! And it is amazing! A perfect recipe for fall, for people on the go, and perfect food for the soul  🙂

I absolutely love my stewp. I may end up freezing some of this batch. That’s another great trick. Making an enormous quantity so that you’ve got enough for the week AND enough to freeze for later. That way, if you find yourself in a crazy whirlwind with no time for groceries or prep, you can just pull the stewp from the freezer and thaw. Viola! A yummy homemade meal in minutes!

The fantastic side effects of stewp are full belly, content soul, and smaller waistline!  If I’ve ever been especially naughty or out of line with my diet, I will always go back to smoothies, green juices, and lots of stewp! Works like a charm everytime!! Behold, the power of stewp!

 

 

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