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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup - deliciousness

This isn't a recipe, just a rave for a soup I just tried from Trader Joe's. Added bonus: it's only 70 calories so you can do fun stuff to it like add cheese or another protein. Another bonus: it has a mere 90mg sodium, a far cry from the lower end of regular low-sodium soups, around 480mg (and that's just for 8oz, God forbid you want another bowl). Even the original version of this TJ soup had 480mg of sodium, enough to feel significant bloat afterwards. And when you're trying to eat heathfully, a puffy stomach after a light meal is unacceptable.

This soup also has about 45% of your DV of vitamins A and C, has 3g of fiber and 1g of protein. Not bad if you ask me!

The flavors are fabulous but subtle, as to be expected with a mellow veggie soup, so I added a little bit of seasonings. Here was my lunch:

1.5 cups soup (105 calories)
1 dash cumin
2 dashes 21 Seasoning Salute
Black pepper
.25oz feta crumbles
1 tbsp snipped fresh chives

Todd had a taste and said it was super good with a sort of Indian flair. The creamy zest of the feta really sent this soup over the edge into Gourmet Land. I highly recommend not only the soup but adding some zing with spices and some cheese. I bet shredded parm would have been heaven, or even shredded havarti with dill. Mmmmm havarti with dill...

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