Quick Dinner

Last night I was on my own for dinner and didn’t want to spend too much time on it so I did one of my quick meals. I put a can of water-based soup (in this case, chicken noodle) in a pan on the stove, then I grabbed all of the bags of frozen veggies in the fridge and put a little bit of each one in the pan with the soup – chopped spinach, peas and corn. I was mightily tempted by the lima beans, but I suspect that they require longer cooking than the others and I was in a hurry so I left them out. I threw in some Worcestershire sauce and some spices and when it was hot, it was ready!

Chicken noodle soup is 70 cal/serving, with 2.5 servings in the can, so approximately 175 calories there. I put in maybe a cup of spinach (negligible calories) and probably 2 tables spoons each of corn and peas, so that was a very filling meal for less than 250 calories.

Water-based soup in a can is a great meal for weight management. And chopped spinach in a bag – brilliant! Obviously I’d prefer a homemade soup, but sometimes you don’t have a whole chicken and several hours on hand, and doctoring up a pre-made base is easy.

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4 Responses to “Quick Dinner”

  1. Bluezy Says:

    I love how equipped with a spoon, soup can be slowly savored with a bit of low noise slurping and be wonderfully satisfying.

  2. A Lifelong Scholar Says:

    I often make quick dinner out of only frozen veg +/- canned tomato and/or canned beans. It is ready to eat as soon as the water gets hot and the veg thaws. sometimes I make home made egg noodles (1 egg mixed with about 3/4 cup of flour and a dash of salt to make a stiff dough, then slice off small bits into boiling liquid–as soon as they float they are done, which is almost straight away) too. Even when I make the noodles the total cooking time is less than 15 minutes.

  3. Donna Says:

    If you want a thicker soup without cream or other fattening bits, roast some sturdy veggies (roots, cauliflower, brocolli, etc. … not spinach) and then run them through the food processor with the liquid of your choice (water, broth, etc.) to the desired consistancy. Season to taste. Roasting enhances the flavor of the veggies.


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