Soups
Fast and fresh gazpacho

Fast and fresh gazpacho

serves 4 to 6 If you prefer your gazpacho more on the spicy side, begin with a spicy tomato-vegetable juice, such as Spicy Hot V8, or serve with the Tabasco bottle handy, so hot-food lovers can spice the soup to their own taste. (Note: Since this soup benefits from...

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Red lentil soup

Red lentil soup

serves 4 Red lentils are the quickest-cooking variety of lentils, making them an ideal candidate for a quick soup. Curry powder adds an Indian flavor, making this soup reminiscent of dal, the savory lentil and bean dish of India. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1...

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Mushroom and white bean soup

Mushroom and white bean soup

serves 4 To brighten the flavor of the soup slightly, add a splash of sherry during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Another nice change is to use different herbs, according to preference and what’s available. One suggestion is to substitute fresh dill for both the...

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Minestrone in minutes

Minestrone in minutes

serves 4 The classic Italian vegetable soup typically includes a wide variety of vegetables. Using frozen vegetables reduces the prep time as well as the cooking time, but fresh vegetables may be used instead if you prefer. Cooked pasta, rice, or orzo added at the...

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Cream of pumpkin soup topped with curried pecans

Cream of pumpkin soup topped with curried pecans

serves 4 Creamy and delicious with a delightful crunch of nuts, this sweet and spicy soup is a great way to begin an autumn meal. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup chopped onions 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree 2 cups vegetable broth...

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Corn chowder with limas

Corn chowder with limas

serves 4 This luxurious corn chowder includes lima beans as an homage to succotash. Because baby limas are smaller than the larger ones, they take less time to cook. To cut cooking time further, heat the vegetable broth in the microwave for 5 minutes while the onions...

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Chipotle-kissed black bean soup

Chipotle-kissed black bean soup

serves 4 The smoky rich flavor of the chipotle helps make this soup taste like it’s been simmering all day. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup sliced baby carrots ¾ cup chopped onions 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ teaspoon ground cumin 3 (16-ounce) cans black...

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Chickpea and tomato soup with ditalini

Chickpea and tomato soup with ditalini

serves 4 A nearly infinite variety of variations on the classic bean and pasta soup can be found throughout Italy. No wonder it’s so popular—it’s hearty, filling, and delicious. This soup can also be made with leftover cooked pasta—just add during the last few minutes...

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Barley and bean soup with rainbow chard

Barley and bean soup with rainbow chard

serves 4 Wholesome and hearty, this soup is especially good on a cold winter day, and because it’s made with quick-cooking barley, it can be ready in minutes. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 5 cups vegetable broth (page 15) ¾ cup...

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Creamy tortilla soup

Creamy tortilla soup

serves 4 This silky rich soup is creamy with a refreshing note of lime. Choose from mild, medium, or hot salsa to determine the heat intensity of the soup. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for brushing the tortillas 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1½ cups...

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