Carrot Chipotle Pepper Soup – I forgot how good this was!

Tony and I were able to see our doctor yesterday “through the back door” if you know what I mean.  We are full of prescriptions!  Tony has done some research, and he’s discovered Canadian pharmacies are a fraction of the cost here – and its totally legal!  And as much as Tony tried, our doctor would not get him a prescription for dilaudid.   When Tony was sick with his back a few years ago and for his knee replacement, this was the best drug – as soon as the nurse would put that in his I.V. he could feel it from his toes to his head – like instantly having 4-5 stiff drinks at once!  But more importantly, it instantly took any pain away.

I knew there wouldn’t be time to eat breakfast before we went, so while I had my lunch all figured out, I kinda just winged breakfast – I had the last two of my easy pancakes, half a sliced banana and 1/4 cup sugar free syrup – not bad for a 7 point breakfast, and because I reheated the pancakes with the banana, the banana was so creamy good.  All that was missing were some walnuts. 😀

It was rainy all day, and stormy, so knowing that Hannah and I were going to the gym after dinner, no walk at lunch.  I had made a grilled chicken salad: 3 oz. grilled chicken, 3 cups baby spinach, apple, carrot, 1/4 cup leftover corn on the cob – the whole salad (I could only fit half of it in the picture below) is only 6 points, so I went to my deep freeze to see what kind of soups I had.

This one was perfectly labeled – Carrot Chipotle Soup – 2 cups/4 pts., so I grabbed it.  I forgot how fricken good this one is – slightly sweet from the carrots, but the kick of heat from the chipotle pepper – perfect soup for a rainy day.

I had grilled shrimp on the menu for dinner, but with the weather, I had to go to Plan B.

Lemon, Lime and Garlic Shrimps

(adapted from Sea Salt With Food)

Makes 4 servings: each serving is 6 PointsPlus – with 1 cup cooked pasta, 11 PointsPlus total.


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (thanks healthy oil!)
  • 8 ounces raw shrimp
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • zest of 1 lime
  • zest on 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili flakes (just used this on my portion – Tony no likey)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preheat your oven to 425. 

Place the olive oil in a baking dish large enough to fit the shrimp in a single layer.  Warm the oil in the oven for about 5 or 6 minutes, or until the oil is hot.

Toss the prawns in the garlic, zest, parsley, salt, pepper and chili flakes if using.  Separately mix together the butter and breadcrumbs together. 

Remove the baking dish from the oven, add the srhimp and scatter the buttered breadcrumbs over the top.  Bake another 8-10 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp.  Taste and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with lemon wedges and either crusty bread, or serve over cooked pasta.

Hannah may have added a touch more garlic. 😀

The verdict?  The shrimp was outstanding.  Because the oil was hot from the oven, as soon as I put the shrimp in the garlic and shrimp started to sizzle.  The only drawback was the pasta I used – I tried a new pasta, I think its called bocatini?  It’s the one that’s like a straw with a hole in the middle.  While I liked it, Tony wasn’t a big fan.

And next time, I will bake the shrimp in an oven safe dish – then toss the cooked spaghetti with the olive oil garlic shrimp mixture to coat all the pasta.

After we cleaned up, Hannah and I headed to the gym.  Since we just ate, we did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 8% incline at 4.0 mph, then I did 10 minutes of running at 5.5 mph.  Then we didn’t realize there were swim lessons going on in the lap lanes, so we water jogged for 20 minutes, while I did upper body strength with the aqua dumbbells, and then 10 glorious minutes in the hot tub. 😀

I did have two glasses of wine last night – one while watching the American Idol finale – I just am not a huge country music fan, so I’ll leave it at that. 😦  But the other musical guests were fabulous – I was shocked to even see Bono from U2!

The second glass of wine was watching the season finale of Modern Family and an episode of Tosh.O with Tony.   All in all it was a great day!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 35 points
  • 25 flex points remaining
  • 20 activity points earned
  • average blood sugar 119

It’s another rainy day here in Chicagoland – hope I can get my walk in at lunch.  Have a great day!


22 thoughts on “Carrot Chipotle Pepper Soup – I forgot how good this was!

  1. What a perfect breakfast! I have banana pancakes planned for this weekend- can’t wait 🙂 And the shrimp looks divine. Great flavor combo- and shrimp and pasta rock together. Glad you and Hannah enjoyed your gym time together 🙂 I hope to do this with my daughter some day

  2. I’m going to make it my biz-ness to make that shrimp! It looks so good!
    We are less than an hour from Canada, and like to get our beer from there!

  3. Yum shrimp+pasta always = delicious! That really looks amazing!

    I also watched the Idol finale last night, great performances, but honestly after a certain point I think everyone know who would win :/

  4. That shrimp is on my list! YUM!
    And that pasta looks interesting – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.

  5. I bet those shrimp would be even better grilled!

    30 minutes at 4mph at an 8% incline is a hard workout Biz not to mention all the swimming. I think you earned your wine!

  6. I’ve seen the aqua dumbbells but the Gray Panthers are always using them. That is, when they’re not doing that menacing group walk up and down the pool, lol!

  7. That shrimp looks awesomely sinful – I love the addition of bread crumbs. Thanks for the note about those noodles!

    So glad you and Hannah are working out together so much – i’m jealous! I want to work out with my mom!

  8. ah…you had me at Chipotle! Love the stuff! I am not a country music fan either. I like all other types, I think, but for some reason, I just cannot get into country music!

    Its grey and cloudy here today. We have had bad storms every night for the past three nights in a row, and I think my dog is going to have a heart attack if she has to endure another night of stormy weather! What a spring, huh?

  9. I love shrimp. love love love it!

  10. We had a rainy day yesterday too which is very unusual for us this time of year.

    I have been on such a shrimp kick lately. I love it with garlic!

  11. Those kind of discoveries make me smile. I forgot my lunch today. But then remembered I have some yummy leftover lasagna in the freezer at work so I’m thrilled.

  12. shrimp and garlic. the best combo ever.

  13. Oh my, that shrimp looks outstanding! When you mentioned the wine, you reminded me of a lady who made her 10% goal at weight watchers yesterday. The leader asked how she did it and she said, “I had to quit drinking!” Cracked us all up! She said she still has a glass of wine once in a while, but she had to cut back from the several she used to drink every night. I love it when people make goals and listening to their stories, it touches my heart!

  14. The picture of your breakfast made me hungry!!! Glad you and Hannah had a good workout. Have a great Thursday Biz!!!

  15. I love almost anything with shrimp in it. Looks like you had a great workout with Hannah!

  16. Shrimp is my favorite! And that shrimp looks awesome!
    Hope you get your walk in – it’s gloomy here in Cleveland, too.

  17. I had pancakes this morning with pineapple – they were so good! 🙂

    Loooove shrimpies!

  18. Don’t you just love modern family. That soup looks amazing!!

  19. Seriously that soup sounds so good! and 2 cups for 4 pts?? Whoa! I gotta try that! All your recipe’s sound good. I really need to cook more!

  20. hi….biz..

    that soup looks awesome. I am always amazed at your eats.

    The medical systems outside of the US are vastly different. I have not felt the same about ours since I watched SICKO with Micheal Moore, and talked to a friend that has a husband from the UK. We are really behind.

  21. I know exactly what that pain medicine does. I had it in the hospital the last time I had a back problem. I called it “horse medicine” cuz it was so crazy strong! 🙂

  22. Looks delicious! I’ve been craving some pancakes lately. I need to have some. LOL

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