Sweet Pea Soup with Shrimp (kind of)

Yesterday Tony and I had to leave just around the same time.  I was cooking up my shrimp for my soup for lunch when Tony came into the kitchen dressed and ready to go.  While I had showered, I still was in my p.j.’s.  He said he wasn’t in a hurry (my car was parked behind his), but all of a sudden I felt like I needed to rush and get going.

I made coffee, asked if he wanted to take some with and he said yes.  We bought disposable cups from Sam’s Club – love them, but after I poured Tony’s coffee I was hell bent on making sure the lid was on secure – it doesn’t screw on like our travel mugs.  Well in my haste, I forgot to add the powdered creamer in his coffee.

So we both leave, in the same direction as I eventually turn right into my office building and he keeps going.  I hear my phone ringing – its Tony asking where the creamer was!  Doh!  Of course he asked if there was creamer in mine, which there was, but I use sugar free International Delight and I was so focused on making sure his lid was on I completely forgot. Open-mouthed smile  Mine was perfect though, and isn’t it really all about me?  (Ha!)

Breakfast was two egg white breakfast tacos with sauteed peppers, cheese and cilantro.  These were totally filling and came in at 406 calories, 20 fat, 35 carbs, 5 fiber and 23 protein.

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I ended up working through lunch again yesterday.  I had to do a Sam’s Club run for the office.  While I was waiting in line, even though I knew I had my lunch back at the office, I kept looking over at where the food was and seriously contemplated picking up a slice of pizza or a hot dog for the car ride back to the office.  WTF?  I seriously have to get back on track – it was a NSV – I didn’t cave!

Although when I put the soup recipe into FatSecret.com, each serving only came in at 119 caloires, 1 fat, 20 carbs, 6 fiber and 6 protein.  Even when I added the shrimp, that only added 41 calories, so I picked up a Michelina’s lean gourmet frozen pasta dinner – it was $1 and while you might not see it in the pictures below, it was a

Sweet Pea and Zucchini Soup


  • 4 cup sweet peas, if you don’t have fresh ones, use frozen (I used a 10 oz. bag of frozen peas)
  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped (I used 10 ounces of white potato)
  • 4-5 scallions, rinsed well and chopped (left out)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mint (left out)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water (used chicken broth)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (left out)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (just added 5 shrimp to my bowl)
  • 2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil (left out)
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard seeds (left out)

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, combine the sweet peas, zucchini, potato, chopped scallions and broth or water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 15 minutes. Add mint. Stir in the cream. Working in batches, puree the soup in a food processor until smooth. Heat the soup, stirring occasionally for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large sauté pan over high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shrimp and garlic to the pan and season with some of the salt, pepper and ground mustard seeds. Cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp turn pink and are opaque throughout, about 2-3 minutes. Season the shrimp with more of the salt and pepper mixture.
Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, add cooked shrimp, garnish with the mint and serve.

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This whole bowl comes in at 420 calories, 7 fat, 57 carbs, 6 fiber and 27 protein.

This was really delicious, even if it doesn’t look too appetizing.  While the soup on its own had a bit of a strong pea flavor, once I added the shrimp and the frozen pasta to it, it was a nice balance.  And after I took the picture I added a bit of sriracha to the bowl to kick it up. Devil

Our local grocery store sells marinated meats at a pretty good price.  Although a lot of times, they are too spicy for Tony.  This was just on the edge of being too spicy, but he liked them.  Check it out – a pound of marinated pork for $3 bucks!

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I Pam/fried the tacos in just a touch of vegetable oil – maybe 1 tsp. for all four tacos Tony and I split.

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My plate – 2 tacos, 1/3 cup yellow rice, 1/2 ounce tortilla chips, 100 calorie wholly guacamole and I used 1 tablespoon of FF sour cream.

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The tacos were super crunchy – dinner comes in at 593 calories, 10 fat, 62 carbs, 4 fiber and 22 protein.

When I was taking out the garbage last night I heard the sound every kid dreams of during the summer . . . the Good Humor truck!  In the 11 years we’ve lived here, I have never seen a truck in our neighborhood before!

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I remember when my sister and I were in grade school, our babysitter told us to walk straight home from school because she had a softball game to go to and was taking us with.  My sister and I were convinced that the Good Humor truck was going to arrive “in just a couple minutes.”  We must have waited 90 minutes!  Of course, this was before cell phones, but I remember she was so pissed when we finally got home!

I didn’t get anything, but back in the day, a nutty buddy was my go to:

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What was your favorite Good Humor choice? 

I will work out today, I will work out today, I will work out today . . . that’s my mantra!  Make it a great day!


25 thoughts on “Sweet Pea Soup with Shrimp (kind of)

  1. Haha I liked those totally fake ice creams with the strawberry sprinkle thingys on top? I am sure they had zero nutritional value! Looks like you had some serious taco time! I need to make breakfast tacos! And, for the record I think your soup looks delicious!

  2. I love shrimp….so good! I’m with you on nutty buddies….they are the best!

  3. Awesome job on the NSV! The pretzels always call to me when I’m at Costco.

    Your story about the creamer cracked me up. Thank you for giving me a laugh to start my day!

    (PS – I’m sorry about all that you’ve been through with family recently. It is such hard stuff. I don’t know what to write in comments about sad posts like that… but I’m thinking about it and hoping things get easier/less sad all the time xoxo)

  4. I’ve made that same phone call to my husband before asking about creamer! I must have creamer in my coffee to function! 🙂

    I need a store like yours around…that marinated meat was super cheap…that’s awesome!

  5. Your soup looks so delish! Love me some shrimp. Your tacos, as usual, look very tasty. You do get some good deals on meat. Never really had a favorite from the ice cream truck, yes, I’m strange 😉

  6. I used to like the strawberry shortcake bars, but I live in the middle of nowhere and there’s never been an ice cream truck here – I’ve only ever seen them at the beach in Maine.

  7. Pinned this for the soup recipe…yum!!

    Nutty buddy all the way./

  8. Whoooooops (on the coffee). It always makes me mad when I do stuff like that…because I know its because I was over multitasking! Pea soup is not pretty- but it is so so darn good. The shrimp sounds like a fun addition. I used to like those strawberry shortcake good humor bars

  9. It’s all about whomever makes the coffee. Because you know, if you don’t want your coffee screwed up, make it yourself! Ha!

    Nutty Buddy. My favorite. Did you know there’s an Edy’s (or is it Dreyer’s where you live) Slow Churned called Drumstick that has those same flavors?


    • What?? I think it would be Edy’s by us. Actually Hannah was my ice cream girl – now I have three different ice creams in the freezer, and Tony and I haven’t touched it since she left!

  10. I live on a lake so the ice cream man goes by every day… I like the pop ices

  11. That soup looks really good! I hear the ice cream trucks all around me these days it seems! I never knew those were called nutty buddies, but they are so good!

  12. That soup looks so good! I’m going to have to try that!

  13. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat, I’ve been behind in my reading. First of all, I’m SOOO thrilled to read about Charlie’s progress. GREAT news indeed. So glad you had a good time DESPITE the reason you were away, love the Biz/Tony comparisons, the soup looks incredible and my favorite ice cream treat from the ice cream truck was a “Revello”. (Is that a Canadian thing? It’s basically vanila ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate) Your “nutty buddies” are called Drumsticks here. And they’re really ineffective is you try to use them on actual drums! 🙂 silly…
    Have a great day.

  14. Huge fan of tacos here. Your breakfast ones look awesome.

  15. The soup sounds amazing! I’ve been such a lazy cook this summer, I’ve been eating out of a can!

  16. Ice cream is my absolute biggest weakness–well that and mashed potatoes. I hear the ice cream guy on base pretty often, I never get anything from him though. When my brother and I were young we got the ice creams in the shape of cartoons from the ice cream guy. I do love a drumstick though! yum!

  17. For some reason I never liked those packaged ice cream cones…I liked soft serve from McD the best!

  18. In our village there is a small company that makes ice cream (they only sell in my village) and every year when the clock goes to Summer time till it goes back to Winter time they drive all around the village with ice cream cars. Every day (except Sunday) around 7 pm it’s in my street. No wonder children are heavier these days 🙂 I hardly ever buy ice cream there because I don’t think their ice cream is very special.

    The soup looks great but dinner even more.

  19. The soup looks really good. I would use veggie stock and leave out the mint. Would you believe that I’m allergic to mint! So I just leave it out every time something calls for it. We have been using the disposable coffee cups too. Ryan uses it for taking coffee to work. I think he may use a travel mug in the morning, but when he comes home for lunch he takes a disposable one with him.

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