Diets Make Me Cranky. This Soup Makes Me Happy.

Soup in the summer? You bet! BTW: I still don't have an SLR. I'm ordering a new one soon.
Yes, I'm on a diet. Ok, I like to think that it is not a diet. I'm not just drinking chemical shakes out of cans or just eating grapefruits, but I'm eating healthier (not that I thought I didn't eat healthy before, I think compared to your average American diet, I ate pretty freaking healthy). I have a low-functioning thyroid, so even though I eat well and exercise and take my thyroid meds religiously, I still gain weight easily.

Diets make me cranky. I like to eat not think about it. I like to cook and bake. I like to eat out at veg restaurants. When you are on a diet, yes, you can do all those things, but you really have to cut back. This is such a pain in the ass. Whine, whine, moan, moan. Whatever. See, I'm grumpy. BUT! The upside, I've lost almost 6 lbs in 3 weeks.

Last week, I made this AWESOME virtually fat free, lower-ish carb vegetable soup. The base is what made it. I sauteed a bit of red pepper flakes, red bell peppers, garlic (or use hing for non-garlic eaters), and about a cup of fresh herbs from my garden (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme) then I added a veggie bouillon cube and about 2 cups of water. Then with my immersion blender, I pureed that mixture. Then I added whatever veggies on hand (of course, tons of zukes because they are in abundance now, cauliflower, kale, celery, and carrots) and about 5 cups plus more of water and a generous amount of sea salt and black pepper. When It was nearly done, I added some diced tomatoes and red kidney beans. Normally I would add potatoes and pasta to this type of soup, but I was trying to reduce the carb content.

That's my diet food. Healthy real food. High in veggies, lower in fat and carbs. It was delicious and was even better the next day. My picky kids even ate it.

I miss baking, so now I am fishing for catering "jobs." This week, I've got an order for 48 cupcakes. Vanilla, filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate ganache. I can't wait to dust off my mixer!


  1. that looks so delicious! and way to go on your progress so far:) keep it up!

  2. I am in the same boat, vegan, eat healthy, yoga, walk, active lifestyle, blah blah, but thyroid problems and put on weight so easily. Such hard work some days ... and it was really good to read this on your blog as I really needed a bit of commoradarie today. THanks !


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