Friday, April 18, 2014

Foodie Friday!

Ok. So i'm completely obsessed with Tomato Basil soup. Not just any Tomato Basil soup, but La Madeleine's tomato basil soup. It's creamy, its wonderful and filled with everything my mouth loves to taste. Except for the 270 calories for a cup or 540 calories for a bowl.  My body doesn't like that.

My goodness. No, i'm definitely not a calorie counter, but I am conscious of what I should eat.  I've come up with a recipe that is much better than some of the other copy cat versions out there.

I'm also one of those salt sensitive people out there. If there is a soup thats yummy and tasty, i'll probably bloat up for days. So I always try to cut as much salt as I can without recipes tasting bland. OH life is way to short to eat bland food!!!

Also, with this soup I love eating bread. Sourdough bread and Italian 5 grain are my favorites from Publix.  I know, I know carbs are pretty much the devil these days, but I do believe everything in moderation and your body does need carbs to survive!



A Lighter Version of "La Madeleine's" Tomato Basil soup. 

Serves 6 hungry people

1.5 cups (127 cal) per serving 

Ingredients:

  • Two 32 oz cans of crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 cup of fat free half and half
  • 2 tbs light butter 
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil 
  • 2 tsps of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbs Garlic Salt (cut in half if salt sensitive)
  • 1/2 tbs Onion Powder
  • Cracked pepper, as needed
First, grab a pot and melt the butter on medium heat. Next, sauté minced garlic in butter, just until fragrant. Add in your two big cans of crushed tomatoes. You can really use as much tomatoes as you want and you can even use the fresh ones, if you have time. Wait about 15 minutes until the crushed tomatoes are warmed through. This could splatter. Don't be a splatter victim and add a lid and stir often. In the meantime, chop up your basil. Set aside. 

Next, grab your warm crushed tomato mixture and put them in a blender or use a hand-held blender and blend in the basil in small batches. Just blend until you see that the basil is at the consistency you need. I usually have to do this in batches because my blender isn't big enough... (hint, hint, I need a new blender... ha!)

Put everything back in the pot and add the fat free half and half, put on medium/low heat. This will take a few minutes to reheat and don't forget to add the garlic salt, onion powder and cracked pepper. 

Attention salt sensitive people! Sometimes, the soup doesn't need as much salt, it really just depends on the brand of tomatoes you buy. 

With this recipe being only 127 calories per serving, you could definitely have some nice bread. I'm all about carbs these days. 

I got the nutrition facts from myfitnesspal, where I manually input the recipe! 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2 g4 %
Saturated Fat 1 g5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 4 g1 %
Sodium 871 mg36 %
Potassium 102 mg3 %
Total Carbohydrate 24g8 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g20 %
Sugars 12 g
Protein 4 g7 %
Vitamin A1 %
Vitamin C11 %
Calcium2 %
Iron90 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Hope you are eating well this weekend!!! 

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Any other favorite copy cat recipes out there?!

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