Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fatalistic Chef?

If curiosity killed the cat, let's hope my own experimenting (cooking) doesn't kill me. :)

I've been in the kitchen all morning, and actually enjoying myself. (Are the planets out of line or something??) I've made the Crockpot Chicken Lasagna for dinner tonight, only I used shell pasta. I believe it was Jaime that wondered if it would work with other types of pasta. I'll have to let you know tonight.

I was also out of my supply of Taco Soup, so made a batch of that. I wanted to try another recipe I got at WW, Potato Cheese Soup, so I made a batch of that. I'm trying to decide if I want to try another recipe for dessert, Celebration Cake. Maybe I just needed the kick in the seat of weigh-in at WW yesterday (not good) to motivate me to find new favorites so I can keep the lifestyle going.

Here's the recipe for the Potato Cheese Soup. It's really yummy, but it's quite thick. I might try adding a little more broth for my next bowl and see if that helps.

1 cup=3 points

1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, coarsely grated
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 lb. red potatoes, cut in 1/2" cubes
29 oz. vegetable broth
1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half, OR fat-free evaporated milk
8 oz. low-fat cheddar or colby cheese, shredded

Cook onion, in sprayed non-stick pan, about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add carrots, salt, pepper, paprika, and mustard. Cook 2 minutes more.

Add potatoes, broth, and milk, bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cheese. Puree in blender in small batches.

Serves 6

I used chicken broth because it was lower in sodium. Also, I was being lazy and couldn't find any pre-shredded low-fat cheddar or colby cheese, so I used Sargento brand reduced-fat Mexican blend.

Ooooo, so good! :)


Michelle said...

Sounds yummy Frenzied. Thanks, I will try that one. :)

Michelle said...

Oh, and I might try just using a potato masher instead of the blender, maybe it wouldn't so thick that way...

Anonymous said...

Actually, Michelle, it looks kind of gross before it's blended. I think it says to puree it in a blender because of the carrots. I'm not sure the masher would incorporate the carrots as much. They give it a nice color so you think you're getting more cheese than you actually are.

That said, let us know what you think with it mashed. It certainly would be good if it had little chunks of potato in it. :)