Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Dieting Season

Hubby and I have been talking about starting a diet program, but unfortunately, the get togethers every second day doesn't let us maintain it. And our prog is not the full fledged diet plan...we just want to cut out the dinner bit completely and replace it with Soups....thankfully, we have been able to have soup thrice in the last one week...which is an achievement for me.
Earlier, i just knew one way to make the soup and that was to put in all the vegges in a pressure cooker and then puree it...dashing a bit of salt and pepper and gulping it down...but i realised, if i want myself and R to have soups everyday, I need to have some variants. So, the last two times I tried 'Hot and Sour Soup' and 'Spinach Soup'.

Here is how I made it...

Hot and Sour Soup
2 tbsp Chili Sauce
11/2 tbsp Corn Flour
1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Vinegar
2 tbsp Capsicum - chopped
2 tbsp Spring
Onions - chopped
2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Carrots - chopped
1/4 cup Cabbage - chopped
1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1-1/2 tsp fresh grated Ginger
1/2 tsp Sugar
4 cups Water

Mix 4 cups of water, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil. Now add all the chopped vegetables into the soup. Cook for a minute on medium heat. Dissolve corn flour in 1/2 cup water and add to the soup stirring constantly till it becomes thick. Cook again for a few mins then remove from flame. Transfer to a serving bowl.Garnish with some more green onion and serve hot!!

It was yummmmm

Another one which i freaked out on....

Spinach Soup

1 pack Spinach
1/2 Cauliflower
3 carrots
2 Spring onions
Garlic paste

Put all the above in a pressure cooker with salt and water and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once done, let it cool and then blend it in a blender, put it back in the cooker and give a boil. Take it out in the serving bowl, garnish it with some fresh cream or butter and pepper and serve hot with Garlic bread.

It's really healthy and filling too and the Spinach is just so WOW.

Hubby was very happy and so was I, in fact he said 'I can have this soup everyday!' which was a huge compliment and I was floored...

Try it out!


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