Sweet Potato + Pepper Soup
I learned in Physiology that the stomach can hold about 1 liter of food before it starts to expand. I think mine is definitely expanding at the moment!
Can you tell we like soups!?!? This one was SO easy to make. It wasn’t as good at the butternut-kale, but it was still delicious and my favorite kind of dinner on a January night.
- 2.5 lbs sweet potato
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 jalapeños, chopped
- 1 large carton vegetable broth
- 2 garlic cloves
- Cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, coriander seeds all to taste
- Yogurt, for garnish (we didn’t have any open, but it would be good!)
- Bake potatoes in oven for about an hour at 400*.
- Once done, roughly chop potatoes.
- Sautee chopped peppers and garlic in some cooking spray.
- Add potatoes, broth and seasonings.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Puree to your liking with a stick blender or regular blender. (Stick blenders are WELL worth the purchase!)
3 servings, 344 kcal each (or 4 servings, 260 kcal each).
My serving (HUGE!) At least 2 cups… you might want to do 4 servings if you don’t have a huge stomach
On the side…
Dinner kcal ~ 465 (344 for soup + 121 for crackers)
I had my trail mix at 2:00 when class started. Note: This is the REAL photo because of the old fashioned desk material!
Again, it took me the whole ride home to decide what to have for a second snack around 4:30. On a whim, I decided to make a batch of Vitamuffins from a mix I’ve had on hand for months. We got a mini-muffin pan for the wedding, so I decided it would be more fun to make 24 muffins than 12 and get to eat twice as many! I topped them with walnuts for an extra nutritional punch.
Now I’ve got little bags of them to take with me for snacks – two at a time. Each came out to about 50 kcal with the walnuts and including the cake portion below.
Vitamuffins are made with whole wheat flour and cane juice instead of sugar. They have 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and an array of vitamins. I wouldn’t eat one every single day, but they sure make a healthy treat!
Not the most gourmet baking, but still fun!
Turns out my mini-muffin pan filled and I needed a place to put about seven more mini-muffin equivalents, so I found this little cake tin and made a cake! The husband ate half for a snack.
My three with hot tea
Snack calories (including trail mix and licking the bowl!) = 333
I just have two classes (no lab) so I’m done at 12 in time for lunch at home by 12:30! I’m having the leftover butternut-kale soup – did I mention I love thick soups….
I’ve got a chem quiz and we’re doing nutrition in physio tomorrow – yay!
Then I have studying ALL afternoon lunch.
But we have a fun dinner planned!