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Sunday, August 10, 2008


I was in a crunchy mood this morning, so I had a big bowl of my other favorite cereal (I told you it would make an appearance soon!). I love that I can have a double serving of this for less calories and fat than most other cereals. A double serving has 180 calories, 2 g fat, and 10 (!) grams of fiber. With 1/2 c. milk:

The boyfriend left for a business trip this afternoon, so I let him choose a restaurant for lunch on the way to the airport. Naturally, he chose a pizza buffet. I started out with a big plate of salad, but I did have a couple pieces of pizza (one veggie, one spinach alfredo) and a very small brownie.

Since I had such a high calorie lunch, I wanted to keep it light for dinner. I decided to come up with a new recipe and go meatless at the same time. I started with a salad:

My salad has green leaf lettuce, tomato, red onion, red cabbage, a few kalamata olives, and a sprinkle of parmesan. I topped it with low calorie Italian dressing.

My new recipe is Tortilla Soup. I read around five recipes and took the ingredients that sounded best to me, then I was off to the grocery store. Here is my recipe:

Vegetable Tortilla Soup

1/2 yellow bell pepper
1 small zucchini
1 Anaheim pepper
2 tomatoes
1/2 yellow onion
1 c. corn kernels
2 tsp. olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 t. ground cumin
1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz. can vegetable broth

Pulse all of the fresh vegetables in a food processor until finely chopped, then saute in the olive oil. Add cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Pour in tomatoes and broth and stir.

I let it come to a boil, then reduced the heat and let it simmer for around 20 minutes.

For toppings, I used a small handful of baked tortilla chips (technically they're on the bottom of the bowl, so you can't see them), chopped fresh cilantro, green onions, a very small amount of shredded cheese, and a spoonful of light sour cream.

The consistency was kind of thick, closer to a stew than a soup. I had an extra can of broth but chose not to use it.

This was so delicious and easy to make! This recipe is definitely a keeper. I also have two more servings to look forward to, one in the fridge for later in the week and one in the freezer for another time.

I picked up a few more things at the store too, so there will be more experimenting in the next few days!

I'm off to have some chocolate milk.


HangryPants said...

I've never seen that cereal and I consider myself quite knowledgeable about cereal. Where did you get it?

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