Roasted Vegetable Soup

On Tuesday and Wednesday we had temps in the 60’s in Chicagoland.  We have had one of the mildest winters on record this year.  But on Tuesday I never worked out – my blood sugar never got over 125, even with taking half the amount of insulin.  Then Hannah’s birthday was on Wednesday, while I thought about it, I didn’t suggest going to the gym in the afternoon. 😀  And because I had my sweet potato post on Tuesday and Hannah’s birthday on Wednesday, since I didn’t photograph all my food, I never did actually count up my points.  And for the record, I never figured out the points for her birthday cake either. 😀

I keep saying this, but I need to get my butt out of bed (which I do get up, but I just blog and drink coffee!) and get to the gym before life gets in the way.  For me, even taking a couple days off from working out makes it that much harder to get back at it.

Breakfast was an Arnold Thin with 1/4 cup egg beaters, 3/4 ounce of swiss cheese, 2 slices of buffalo deli turkey with strawberries on the side – 7 WW points.

Again, my blood sugar was too low to walk when I wanted to – it was 125.  Then I got pulled into a meeting, so I decided to eat my lunch with no insulin and then see where I was at.  I also switched cars and realized when I got to work that my workout clothes were not there.  So I could have used either of those excuses to nix the workout, but I didn’t. 😀  I had my gym shoes at my desk, it was 45 degrees and sunny, so off I went for a 45 minute brisk walk.

With our weather in the 60’s, I am happy to say that the snow has all melted, except for the big mounds of snow in the grocery store parking lot.  You can even see some green grass!

When I was at the grocery store last week and saw that they had peppers for .88 cents a pound a bought a lot of them.  I don’t know why I felt the need to buy 3 pounds of peppers, so I decided to use some of them up by making a roasted vegetable soup.

Roasted Vegetable Soup – makes 4, two cups servings at 3.75 points – okay, I’ll round it up to 4

  • 2 large red peppers
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fat free half and half
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 4 cups broth
  • cilantro garnish (optional)

Heat oven to 325.  I sadly forgot to add my tomatoes to the roasting process, but feel free to add them with the rest of the veggies.  Chop and toss the veggies in the olive oil and salt and pepper.  I roasted mine an hour.   Put the roasted veggies and remaining ingredients, except half and half, and using a stick blender puree until smooth.   Cool slightly and stir in fat free half and half, and garnish with cilantro.

Since the soup was only 4 points, I added 3/4 cup cooked spaghetti to mine for lunch – so lunch comes in at 7 points.  My blood sugar after I ate was 210 so it was perfect to walk.  45 minutes later my blood sugar was back down to a normal 121. 😀

My lunch tasted like a spicy Chef Boyardee!

I knew I had ground beef that I needed to use up, so I asked Tony: “do you want stuffed peppers, tacos, or burgers?”  Burgers won.  I ended up making zucchini fries on the side for me.  I cut up one big zucchini, then tossed it in a ziploc bag with 1 tablespoon flour (1) 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs (1) and then deep fried them (I am counting 1 point for the oil).

So all together with my 4 ounce burger and 2 point light bun, dinner comes in at 11 points.  I ended up using only 1/2 tablespoon of the ranch dressing for dipping my zucchini fries, so I am not counting that as anything. 😀

So I ended up with 27 points and 45 minutes of exercise – not bad!  I am not expected a good WI tomorrow, but I’ll still go and face the music, dust myself off and move on.  AND I WILL WORK OUT THIS WEEKEND!  That’s going to be my mantra. 😀

In exciting news, my blog friend Nicole of Prevention RD is nominated for Best Heatlhy Eating Blog at Fitness Magazine!!   Nicole and I went to the same high school although I, ahem, graduated many many years before her.  My goal in 2012 is to meet her in person when she comes home to visit her parents some time this year. 😀  If you have the time, I’d love if you could vote for her – and if you haven’t checked out her blog, its amazing.  Down to earth delicious recipes, nutritional stats, cute puppy named Lily and stunning photography. 😀  Thanks!

Happy Friday!

18 thoughts on “Roasted Vegetable Soup

  1. oh yes, I am so excited for Nicole…I really should add a link on my post as well asking for votes for her. I registered and voted myself, but more votes for her would be great! She totally deserves it…and you are right…photography is stunning!! If she ever quits her day job, she has a future in photography, I think!

    Love, love, love roasted veggies. Never thought of turning them into a soup! Have a great weekend Biz!

  2. The buffalo deli turkey is Josh’s favorite. I always get it for him when its on sale. The spaghetti addition to the soup is just perfect. And now I want fries 🙂

  3. I voted for Nicole. I love her weight loss story and her photos are beautiful.

    Love all those colors on your roasting tray. The soup looks delicious.

  4. I blog and drink coffee in the mornings before work too. I have to be at the school at 7:30 am, so I’d have to get up at 4:30 in order to go to the gym. It’s too damn hard!

    Zucchini fries! I need to see if I can make those. I wish we had a deep fryer!

  5. Zucchini fries look awesome! And happy belated to the lovely Hannah!

  6. How funny that you made an adult version of a Chef Boyardee meal! Can you do that with Spaghettios?

    • I don’t see why not – I may give that a go this weekend! My Mom still thinks its gross that I can eat spaghettios out of the can – with toasted white bread on the side for dipping – yum! Good luck on your 4 miler tomorrow Shelley!

  7. Even after my rest day of the week it still takes me quite a bit of mental effort to start working about again. What’s up with that??? You can do it, Biz! You will workout this weekend!!! 🙂

  8. I like the addition of the noodles too. My son can also eat spaghettios straight from the can…lol! Have a great weekend!

  9. I love roasting veggies before using them for soup or a sauce, it brings out such a great flavor. I will check out your friends blog, if you suggest it I am sure it’s a good one. Have a fabulous weekend!

  10. That soup looks great – I may have to try that this weekend. The addition of sweet potatoes sounds like a total winner. I’ll have to dumb mine down in the spice arena because I’m a wimp!

    I’ll also check out your friend’s blog. Can’t have too many good food blogs!!

  11. I love roasting veggies. It makes they taste so much better! I love Nicole’s blog – I’m headed over to go vote!

  12. Kudos on getting back on the horse! I am so bad about exercising, I need to really get into it soon. I also need to roast vegetables more often, it is such a simple thing and so tasty.

    Have a great weekend!!

  13. Sending you positive and encouraging thoughts to workout this weekend 🙂

  14. Yea for Chef Boyardee!! I voted for Nicole, love her blog.
    Have a great weekend!

  15. What an interesting combination of veggies for a soup. Sounds yummy!

  16. That soup looks yummy! I love roasted vegetable anything!

  17. Weighting For 50

    Love the look of zucchini fries Vat. YUM. OMG, you went to the same school as Nicole. That is so fun!!! Have a FANTASTIC weekend!!!!!

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