Light and Creamy Asparagus Soup

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I love soup so much I can even eat it during hot summer days. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I always end up just simply roasting it in the oven. I decided to make a soup out of it because I just re-discovered my immersion blender which happens to be  one of my favorite kitchen tools! This is such a quick soup you can put together last minute. It’s everything you want in a creamy light soup and I promise you can never tell that its filled with all kinds of goodness for you. Don’t forget to sprinkle the top with my low-fat seasoned croutons 🙂

Yield:6

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp butter
1 yellow onion; chopped
2 bunches of asparagus; cleaned
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of plain almond milk (or regular milk)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp fat-free sour cream

Steps:
1. In a large pot, melt better on low heat. Add onion and sauté on low for 2-3 minutes. Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and chop the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Add to the pot with the onions. Add chicken broth, almond milk, salt and pepper. Cover and cook about 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is very tender.

2. Remove from heat, add sour cream and use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. On of my favorite parts to this soup is sprinkling my Easy Seasoned Croutons and a dollop of sour cream! Easy, light, healthy, and wholesome…everything you need in a soup.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Cheddar Soup

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I made this soup last week when it was storming outside and it made the perfect meal. I made it in less than 30 minutes so it is definitely doable on rushed weeknights. I love my tomato soup with a cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches so feel free to indulge a little..Try my homemade low-fat croutons  to top off this soup, the little crunchy bits of goodness pair magically with the creamy soup..it’s amazing!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion; chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic; chopped
2 can (28 oz.) of diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4-1/2 cup fresh basil; chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Steps:
1. Bring a large pot to medium heat and add in olive oil and chopped onions. Let cook for 3-4 minutes and then add in chopped garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes until lightly golden brown.

2. Pour in tomatoes and vegetable stock, stir and let cook for 5 minutes. Stir in yogurt, and sugar, seasonings, basil, and cheddar until combined. Let simmer for 15 minutes, and with an immersion blender or food processor, puree the soup until its smooth. Let simmer for another 10 minutes once soup is blended, stirring constianstly. Top with fresh basil, cheddar cheese and homemade low-fat croutons from my easy recipe found here.
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Low-Fat Croutons

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You can add these delicious little croutons to your favorite salad or you can eat them as a perfect crunchy snack!

Yield: 6

Ingreidients:

1 french bread with sesame seeds
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400. Cut bread into cubes and place in a large bowl.
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2. Drizzle cubes with olive oil, garlic powder, lemon pepper, sea salt, and pepper. Mix well.
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3. Spread seasoned bread cubes onto a sheet pan and bake for about 15 minutes.
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