Well I've been fighting off a nasty cold lately so I've been living mostly on frozen low cal dinners suplimented with grilled veggies and/or canned soup. I'm not always the biggest soup fan because I'll be honest here it doesn't always really fill me up. I love soup but I tend to want to eat it with 'real food' as it were. So the trick for me is how to make a nice filling soup without loading it up with empty calories and using whatever is on hand.
Today I made a chicken and rice soup. Please note this also isn't exactly gourmet as I took many shortcuts namely canned stock and instant rice. I'm sick okay? I started with a full can of chicken stock (20 calories) and 1 can of water. I boiled that on the stove with 1 bag of brown rice (300 calories for the whole bag but I save half of it for later use) and added 2 cloves of garlic, thin slice of onion cut into bite sized pieces (10), and 1 vegetable bullion cube (5). While the rice was cooking I tooke 1/3 a skinless chicken breast and grilled it (90) and then shredded it and added it to the pot. Once the rice is cooked you can taste the broth and see whatelse you'ld like to add. For me I added some fresh thyme and basil, some cumin, some red pepper flakes, a squirt of lemon juice and 1/2 cup cooked green beans (35). This made approximately a 3 cup serving of soup for about 320 calories which was a very filling and sinus clearing lunch. Plus I now have 1 cup of brown rice to go with my dinner that was cooked in chicken stock with herbs and seasonings. Bonus!
Likewise I could have taken the same chicken broth (20), 1 egg (70) and 1 tbs of cornstarch (30) and made a basic egg drop soup
Does anybody have a favorite soup recipe of their own?