This soup is so easy to make, so tasty, and so healthy!
I previously made Chicken Ropa Vieja as a healthier option, even though the dish is traditionally prepared with beef. But, if the beef is a lean cut – sirloin in this case – and trimmed closely, it can also be pretty darn healthy. And, wow, does that beef flavor come through.
I happened to have pomegranates that I didn’t have plans for, so I seeded them and threw them in. This added a fruitiness that was very interesting alongside the savoriness and spiciness.
Ropa Vieja is typically done with beef. This is the chicken part of my Chicken Mofongo, but it can certainly be used for other awesome things like tacos, burritos, or just eating straight out of the bowl.
This recipe is also a rare “Absolute 0” recipe, which means that it’s 0 Weight Watchers points, regardless of how much you have: everything in this recipe is a 0-point ingredient, so help yourself!
When some people want to thicken a soup, they add flour or cornstarch. Others might add milk or cream. I prefer to add more of the main ingredient: I use probably double the amount of mushrooms here compared to what you’ll see in a “normal” recipe. The sheer volume makes the soup thick without adding anything that’s bad for you. Best of all, it adds even more mushroom flavor.
I went heavy on the garlic in this recipe because I wanted to be able to taste it. This is still a very mushroom-forward dish, but the roasted garlic notes are unmistakable. Use half as much garlic if you want the garlic to be more subtle.
Chicken Tikka Masala is typically made with chicken thighs, which is how I always made it before becoming more health-conscious. But, the flavors of the tikka sauce are so good that I didn’t notice the difference between the thigh and the healthier chicken breast.
I’m so happy with how this turned out, but part of me is disappointed that I couldn’t do this as a 0 Weight Watchers point recipe. The only two things contributing points this recipe are: a small amount of light butter to sauté the ginger and garlic; a scant amount of oil was needed to grill the chicken; and, skim milk is needed to provide a small amount of creaminess. The milk wasn’t entirely necessary, but removing it still didn’t get me to 0 Weight Watchers points per serving, so I left it in (4 points for butter and 1 point for oil / 6 servings).
This recipe isn’t as hard to make as it might seem. You can do the marinade the night before, and you can just buy the cauliflower rice if you want to save the time there. By the way, I didn’t season the rice because I wanted the Tikka to stand out.
As prepared, this is 216 calories per serving (6 servings) and loaded with protein (25 g), potassium (758 mg), and vitamin C (85% of your RDA).
This corn chowder (or, as my relatives in Massachusetts would say “chowdah”) manages to be thick, rich, and flavorful without being high in calories. Potatoes are replaced with rutabaga, and there is so much depth from the other ingredients that it doesn’t need cream or any other thickener.
Please note that I save the one thing that most people throw away when they chop celery: the leaves. This most underrated part of the most underrated vegetable adds an incredible amount of flavor when sprinkled on top of the chowder. It also works incredibly well for gumbo or anything else that uses celery.
Some of you might want to make this recipe because it’s delicious. Others may want to make this because you accidentally bought the Kroger brand cornflakes, instead of the Kellogg’s brand your wife wanted, and now you’ve got lots of extra cornflakes. I won’t judge.
If you decide to use larger shrimp, you may have to cook a little bit longer. Don’t use shrimp that are too small, because they’ll overcook.