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Won Ton Soup-It’s What’s For Dinner

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments · Family Life, Weight Loss Journey, Weight Watchers

I have become a fan of the Asian Market.  There is a huge one a few blocks from my house.  It has some of the most interesting things; quail eggs, red salted duck eggs, chicken feet.  It has a large and varied selection of cooking oils.  They have the largest noodle selection of any place I’ve ever seen.  They also have kitchen tools, bowls, plates and even some furniture.  In addition to the stuff you don’t see at the local Homeland, they also have an excellent meat and seafood department.  If you’ve not tried your local Asian Market, I’d highly recommend it!

Last night’s dinner came from there.

My day was pretty average.

Boiled eggs for breakfast.

Banana mid morning.

Sandwich and Hungry Girl Hummus & carrot sticks for lunch.

Orange mid-afternoon.

I only ate 9 points by the time I left my office about 6:00.

I found a recipe on the interwebs for Won Ton Soup (I can’t find it now) and it sounded yummy, so I went to the Asian Market to buy frozen Won Tons.  They are surprisingly low in points, tasty and with lots of veggies in the soup, it was very filling.

The recipe was super easy and quick to put together.

Won Ton Soup

4-8 cloves garlic chopped
1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger chopped
1 tablespoon seasame oil
32-64 ounces fat free chicken broth
2 ounces rice noodles
2-4 cups Napa Cabbage
1-2 cups shitake mushrooms chopoped or sliced
1-4 tablespoons soy sauce
1-2 tablespoons Chili Sauce with Garlic
bunch green onions sliced
cilantro chopped
12 frozen Wontons

Saute the garlic and ginger in the sesame oil. Add shitake mushrooms and saute. You may need to add more oil if it gets too dry.

Add chicken broth, rice noodles, cabbage, mushrooms, soy sauce and chili sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for 3-5 minutes. Add wontons. Simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes. Add green onions and cilantro. Simmer for 1-2 minutes more.

This was dinner for my husband and me.

It is a very versitle recipe.

If you don’t have a lot of points, leave out the rice noodles and add more cabbage and mushrooms.

If your husband is like mine who thinks, “if it doesn’t have meat, it’s not a meal,” slice some chicken or pork very thin (I use my mandoline slicer) put it in the bottom of the bowl and put the piping hot soup on top of it. The meat needs to be sliced very thin and then it should cook quickly. This will let him be happy because it has meat and me be happy because I don’t need, or want those extra points the meat might add.

Shitake Mushrooms can be found at the local Homeland in dried form. If you can only find them that way, they’ll need to soak in broth or water for 30-45 minutes before chopping. The Asian Market has fresh Shitake Mushrooms for a whole lot less than the Homeland has the dried ones. If you can’t find Shitake Mushrooms, I think any would work.  The Shitake Mushrooms have a heavier texture and a sort of smoky flavor.  But sliced white mushrooms or portobello mushrooms would work too.

My recipe turned out to be 8 points.  That was for a lot of soup with plenty of veggies.

We also had more fruit for dessert.  Last night we had to fall back on some canned fruit (mandrin oranges and pineapple) because we’d used most of the berries the night before, but we also cut up a cantalope we had in the fridge.  So summing up, we had strawberries, blueberries, cantalope, pineapple and mandrin ornages.  I made the yogurt sauce (plain greek yogurt with a tablespoon of honey) to put on the top which made it seem more festive.

I think I managed to get my fruits and veggies in today without adding a lot of points.

For tonight?  Flatout flatbread Pizza!

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