Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: 0 Point Vegetable Soup for the Stovetop or Slow Cooker
I love soup.
Soup tops my list of quick and convenient weeknight meals, all year long, and especially during the cold dark days of fall and winter, when you crave something warm and comforting.
Which is why I keep adding more easy healthy soup recipe posts here on the blog and even wrote an eCookbook filled with Skinny Soups for the Slow Cooker and Stovetop!
Many soups, including this simple garden vegetable soup, work with the Weight Watchers Simply Filling/No Count Technique too.
Soup has a lot of wonderful qualities going for it. You can easily and economically feed a crowd from one big pot.
It’s simple to make in big batches so you can have easy ready-to-heat leftovers for quick lunches and suppers all week long. And it’s naturally nourishing, especially when you make it yourself and control what goes into it.
How Soup Helps You Slim Down
But my favorite thing about soup is that it can help you lose weight and keep it off.
Eating soup can help you feel full on fewer calories, which is essential to long-term sustainable weight loss success.
That’s why making and eating soup is one of the strategies I suggest in my 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge eCourse!
Soup (not the cream filled kind, of course) is considered a high volume low energy-dense food. This means it provides more food volume for fewer calories so you feel fuller and stay feeling fuller longer. (To lose weight you need to find ways to avoid being hungry all the time.)
Skinny on Weight Watchers 0 Points Soup
One of my favorite soups is this simple garden vegetable soup. Brimming with vegetables that you can modify it to suit your tastes and what’s available/in season.
This satisfying soup has been a staple in Weight Watchers world for decades. Some people refer to it as cabbage soup, I guess because it has cabbage in it.
You’ll often find a container of it strategically placed front and center in my fridge ready and waiting for when hunger pangs strike. At just 41 calories and 0 points plus values / 0 SmartPoints per serving, it’s a great way to fill up without filling out!
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Weight Watchers Zero Points Soup Variations
Different vegetables: modify the vegetables to suit your likes, dislikes and what you have on hand or is in season
Different seasonings: modify the herbs and spices to suit your likes and dislikes.
- Italian: basil, oregano, Italian seasoning blend
- Mexican: cilantro, cumin, chili powder, oregano
- Asian: ginger, garlic, soy sauce (skip the tomatoes and tomato paste) add bok choy, pea pods, bean sprouts, etc.
- Spicy: red pepper flakes, chilies, hot sauce
Heartier: add your favorite canned beans, rinsed and drained or leftover cooked turkey or chicken
Slow Cooker: Place all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 hours.
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 4 cups fat free broth of your choice
- 1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chopped cabbage
- 1 cup chopped spinach or kale
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ½ teaspoon dried basil (or more to taste)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme (or more to taste)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped zucchini
- Chopped parsley or basil for garnish (optional)
- Spray a large saucepan or soup pot with nonstick cooking spray. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over low heat, stirring often until the vegetables have softened.
- Add the garlic and stir for another minute.
- Add the broth, tomatoes, cabbage, spinach, tomato paste, basil, thyme and salt and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Lower the heat, cover the pot and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
- Add the zucchini and cook until softened, 3 - 5 minutes more.
- Stir in chopped fresh parsley or basil just before serving if desired.
- Slow Cooker Instructions: Place everything in your slow cooker,, cover and cook on LOW until tender, 6 to 8 hours.)
Use whatever combination of low starch vegetables you like best.
For a thicker soup, puree a portion of this soup and then add it back into the pot.
Stir in some fresh chopped parsley or basil an added burst of freshness.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this simple garden vegetable soup you might also like:
- Slow Cooker Bean Barley Soup
- Slow cooker Bean and Cabbage Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup
- Slow Cooker Toscana Soup Made Lighter
- Healthy Weight Watchers Watchers Cabbage Points Soup
- Weight Watchers Zero Points Cabbage Soup
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