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Souped Up: Healthy, Hearty Soup Recipes

Get ready to be bowled over. These seven filling and delicious soups and stews will satisfy your fall cravings -- without the fat and calories.

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Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Chicken Soup with Lentils
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
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Meatball Escarole Soup

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 pound 93 percent lean ground beef
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
2 carrots, peeled and cut into coins
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
8 cups packed shredded escarole, rinsed and drained
3 cans (14 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth

Directions
1. Combine beef, 4 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and eggs in a large bowl. Form into 24 meatballs, using about 1 level tablespoon for each.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook on each side until nicely browned and transfer to a plate.
3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot with the onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook 10 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Stir in escarole; cook 3 minutes.
4. Add meatballs and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve soup with remaining Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Nutrition facts per serving: 205 calories, 15g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 10g fat (3g saturated), 4g fiber

Souper Satisfying
Soup's not just delicious and easy to make, it's a proven weight-loss aid. "Soups and stews are incredibly filling because of their very high water content," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member. "That means you get full on fewer calories than if you eat something like, say, a casserole, which has much less water in it." In fact, people who have a bowl before a meal consume 20 percent fewer calories, research shows. Plus, many soups and stews are a mix of whole grains, lean protein, and vegetables, so you're able to get a complete meal (as much as two servings worth of veggies) in just one bowl.

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Cannellini and Cabbage Soup

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups thinly sliced cabbage
2 carrots, sliced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cans (14 ounces each) low-sodium chicken broth
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Directions
1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over high heat. Add cabbage, carrots, garlic, thyme, and pepper; cook 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Stir in broth, undrained tomatoes, water, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 8 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
3. Mash half the beans with a fork. Add all the beans to the pot. Heat through and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 164 calories, 11g protein, 30g carbohydrate, 4g fat (1g saturated), 9g fiber

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White Bean Chili

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
3/4 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 1/4 cups water
1 can (15 ounces) great northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
2 teaspoons instant chicken bouillon granules
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons flour

Directions
1. In a large saucepan, cook turkey, onion, and garlic until turkey is no longer pink.
2. Stir in 3 cups of the water, beans, undrained chilies, bouillon, cumin, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup water and the flour. When chili is ready, add flour mixture and cook for 1 minute more to thicken. Serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 292 calories, 25g protein, 30g carbohydrate, 8g fat (2g saturated), 6g fiber

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Chicken Soup with Lentils and Barley

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
1/2 cup dried brown lentils
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup sliced leeks
1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken (about 1/2 pound), chopped
1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
1 can (16 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes

Directions
1. Rinse lentils under cold running water; drain and set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over high heat; add leeks, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until tender.
3. Stir in chicken broth, basil, oregano, rosemary, black pepper, and lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Stir in chicken, carrots, and barley. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes more, or until carrots are tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes; heat thoroughly and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 265 calories, 21g protein, 32g carbohydrate, 6g fat (2g saturated), 9g fiber

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Curried Vegetable Stew with Couscous

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 zucchini, diced
1 cup green beans, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal pieces
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
Cooked couscous

Directions
1. Stir spices, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of the water together in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, cilantro, and spice mixture. Cook, stirring, 1 minute, or until onion begins to soften.
3. Add cauliflower, zucchini, and green beans; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water; bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are just tender.
4. Stir in chickpeas and tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes more. Serve with couscous, if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving (without couscous): 205 calories, 7g protein, 21g carbohydrate, 12g fat (1.5g saturated), 6g fiber

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Creole Chicken Stew

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch squares
1 onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 slices turkey bacon, chopped (optional)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup white wine
1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added whole tomatoes in puree, chopped
2/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Cooked rice

Directions
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook, stirring, 4 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to a bowl.
2. Add chicken to skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add bacon, if using, and garlic; cook until browned.
3. Pour in wine; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bell pepper mixture, water, oregano, cumin, thyme, and hot sauce; bring to a boil.
4. Add green beans; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice, if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 337 calories, 38g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 12g fat (3g saturated), 5g fiber

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Chunky Beef Stew

Makes: 5 servings
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 pound boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
3/4 pound tiny new potatoes, halved
1 package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans (2 cups)
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
1 can (14 ounces) low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce

Directions
1. Over medium-high heat, lightly coat a 4-quart pot with cooking spray; add beef. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove beef from pot using a slotted spoon and set aside.
2. Add potatoes, green beans, carrots, onion, broth, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
3. Add tomato sauce to pot. Return to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Add beef; heat thoroughly and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 240 calories, 20g protein, 33g carbohydrate, 3g fat (1g saturated), 6g fiber

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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autumnourtime wrote:

WHAT IS THE SALT INTAKE?

11/3/2013 11:18:52 AM Report Abuse
gencon3 wrote:

Looks like a large piece of red bell pepper.

12/31/2012 09:32:28 AM Report Abuse
genrie11 wrote:

Sorry but I have to ask, what's the item in the left corner of the bowl?? It's surely not chicken or one of the vegetables... and I don't see anything else in the recipe or as a garnish suggestion, so WHAT IS THAT?? :) looks to me like ham or slab bacon or something to that effect.. but I'm going to ask anyway. Thanks for responding!

12/29/2012 10:45:15 AM Report Abuse
louiseasleson wrote:

I'm not a big bean person, so a little twist on the classic chicken noodle soup is right up my alley. Thanks!

12/16/2009 10:19:31 PM Report Abuse

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