Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Crock Pot Minestrone

From SkinnyTaste, made it Sunday and froze for lunches.

It has turned colder here so soup lunch is a nice lunch.

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 4 • Points+: 5
Calories: 215.7 • Fat: 0.7 g  Protein: 8.7 g  Carb: 42.0 g  Fiber: 6.7 g   
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz) can white beans, drained, rinsed (cannellini or navy)
  • 3 cups fat free chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 1 oz chunk of good Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (defrosted) spinach
  • 2 cups cooked small pasta like ditalini or elbows (al dente)
  • extra parmesan cheese to top (extra pts)
Rinse and drain beans. Puree beans with 1 cup of the broth in a blender.

In a crock pot, combine broth, tomatoes, pureed beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herbs, Parmesan cheese rind, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Forty minutes before the soup is done cooking, add zucchini and spinach. Cover and cook 30 more minutes. Add cooked pasta, cook 10 minutes more. Remove bay leaves, rosemary sprig, parmesan rind and season to taste with salt and black pepper.Ladle soup into bowls and top with extra parmesan cheese.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

6 Can Taco Soup

TACO SOUP With chicken 

3 FROZEN chicken breasts 
1 envelope ranch dressing mix 
1 envelope taco seasoning mix 
1 medium onion, diced 
1 can rotel tomatoes 
1 can black beans 
1 can cannellini (or any white) beans 
1 can kidney beans 
1 can vegetarian baked beans 
1 can kernel corn 
Put everything in crockpot in order listed. 
Do NOT rinse or drain beans. 
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. 
Take chicken out and shred with two forks. 
Put chicken back in, stir, and eat. 
Freezes well