Saturday, June 11, 2016

What I Cooked This Week: Low Carb Tomato Soup and Healthy Apple Crisp

 I don't cook much during the warmer months, so I'm not sure how often I will be doing a Saturday recipe post this summer.  My home is not air conditioned, so we try not to turn on the oven unless absolutely necessary.  Grilling out and eating on the patio several times a week is one of our favorite summer activities .  I love the simplicity of the foods, and the minimal clean up from grilling.  I also tend to make a lot of cold pasta salads when the temperatures soar.  They are not good for my waistline however, so when I find a good cold salad recipe that does NOT include pasta, I snap it up!

I did make two healthy recipes prior to our Vegas/Utah/Colorado vacation.  One is from the South Beach Diet...yes, I know, I use a lot of recipes from that resource.  I have found that watching my carbs is my best tool for weight maintenance and keeping my blood sugar low.  I enjoy a lot of the South Beach recipes, and when I find a good one, I feel the need to share it!

This was a recipe I almost didn't try because the recipe sounded so bizarre...I mean chick peas and ham in tomato soup?  Is he kidding?  But I decided to make it anyway, and boy was I was surprised at how delicious it was.

It's kind of a pain to make because after you cook it, you have to put it in a blender to puree it.  I really hate blending hot soups.  I keep telling myself I need to get an immersion blender, but I never remember until I need one.

Because there is no milk or unhealthy fat in this soup, and it's loaded with protein, it is really good for me.  And trust me, it tastes amazing and just like tomato soup.  You can find this recipe HERE.

My next recipe is my own!  Yes, my very own.  It's not very creative, but it's mine.  My husband bought way to many apples and wanted me to make apple crisp to use them up.  Now I love apple crisp, and although I consider it a healthy dessert, it's still fattening and full of sugar.  I thought, "How can I make apple crisp for him and resist it for me?"  So, after I made a regular version of apple crisp for my husband, (loaded with all the unhealthy stuff like white flour, butter, and sugar), I made a small healthier version for myself.

I basically just took a individual oven proof baking dish and coated it with Smart Balance.  Then I sliced up an apple and lay it in the dish.  From there I sprinkled on a quarter cup of oatmeal, and a smidgen of raisins and walnuts.  I then swirled just a tiny bit of Simply Nature Honey from Aldi and plopped a few teaspoons of Smart Balance on top.  I popped it in the oven for 30 minutes, and wa-la!  I got to enjoy apple crisp too, but with less sugar and fat than my hubby's version.

Now, was it as good as real apple crisp?  Of course not.  But it was a tasty treat and it certainly satisfied my sweet tooth!

Do you have any healthy sweet recipes you'd like to share?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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