Saturday, February 19, 2011

PUMPKIN SOUP

WEIGHT WATCHER 5 PointsPlus LOW CARB

INGREDIENTS

2 medium carrots, sliced
2 tbsp vegan margarine
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 (15 oz) cans pumpkin
1 (32 oz) container reduced sodium veggie broth
1/2 cup half and half (vegan substitution))
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Recipe for Spiced Croutons ( see below)
Celery leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large saucepan cook carrots in hot butter over medium heat for 2 minutes; add onion, celery and garlic. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

2. Stir in pumpkin, broth, half and half, water, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice.
Heat through and season with salt and pepper.

3. To serve top soup with Spiced Croutons and celery leaves.

Yield: about 8 side dish servings.
Weight Watcher points 4

SPICED CROUTONS

In a bowl toss 3 cups 1 inch bread cubes with 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. In large skillet cook bread cubes in 2 tbsp hot vegan margarine 8 minutes or until toasted, turning occasionally.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Serving size = 1 cup
Weight watcher Points 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus+=5
#Calories200,
#Total Fat (g)9,
#Saturated Fat (g)5,
#Monounsaturated Fat (g)2,
#Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1,
#Cholesterol (mg)21,
#Sodium (mg)590,
#Carbohydrate (g)28,
#Total Sugar (g)11,
#Fiber (g)4,
#Protein (g)5,
#Vitamin C (DV%)12,
#Calcium (DV%)9,
#Iron (DV%)14,
#Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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