In the Weight Watchers community, one of the most searched and tracked recipes are low SmartPoints soups – and no wonder! Low SmartPoints soups are incredibly tasty, easy to make, nutritious and filling (what’s not to like?). What’s more, these soups can be customized to any taste or occasion, especially with all the latest ingredients that have become part of WW Freestyle.
Some general tips for making low SmartPoints soup
- Make sure you have all your ingredients mise en place (or, “everything in its place”). Wash, peel (if necessary), and slice all the vegetables before you begin the recipe, this way you can quickly add ingredients as needed without any distractions or last-minute prep. Herbs and spices can also be premeasured and arranged in the order that they will be added to the recipe.
- Pre-cut veggies are a great convenience food to use if the idea of all that cutting and dicing is overwhelming. Use either fresh or frozen prepped vegetables and make use of pre-cut or mashed garlic in jars.
- Low SmartPoints soups are an excellent way to use up leftover fresh herbs. If you have a surplus of fresh herbs but aren’t making soup right away you can purée the herbs with a small amount of water and freeze in ice cube trays (this works best for leafy herbs such as basil and parsley, avoid woody intensely flavoured herbs such as rosemary).
Elegant enough to be served for company, this Provençal-inspired soup is especially good when made with spring vegetables. Omit the cabbage and tomato paste and add shallots, tiny new potatoes, baby carrots, asparagus, sweet radishes, and shaved fennel in place of the heartier vegetables traditionally used. Add a can of drained white beans and a cup or two of shredded chicken breast, stirring in a generous handful of finely chopped parsley or watercress before serving.
Hearty turkey sausage and lentil soup
Adding turkey sausage and lentils to a low SmartPoints soup is a delicious way to add plenty of protein and fibre, resulting in a yummy soup that will keep you feeling full for hours. Experiment with different veggie and spice pairings finding inspiration from classic ingredient combinations from all over the world. Go Moroccan and add a small handful of raisins or chopped dried apricots, canned diced tomatoes; warm spices such as cinnamon, Ras el Hanout, coriander and cumin all contribute exceptional flavour. In the mood for Italian? Toss in a roasted red pepper or two (use jarred roasted peppers packed in water for convenience), finely chopped sundried tomatoes (not packed in oil), thinly sliced zucchini, and a can of puréed San Marzano tomatoes as a base for the soup. Use a combination of dried Italian herbs, fresh basil, and dried chili pepper flakes to season, finishing the soup with a drizzle of pesto before serving.
Vegetarian Tex-Mex soup
This version of a low SmartPoints soup is easily made vegan, just omit the yogurt added right before serving. Add flavour by using a combination of frozen corn, sweet peppers (and a jalapeño or serrano pepper if desired), zucchini, and green beans for the vegetables. Add a tablespoon of chili powder and cumin, a can of Tex-Mex diced tomatoes, and two cans of either kidney beans, black beans or pinto beans. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with diced avocado, nonfat plain yogurt, salsa, cilantro, and sliced scallions.