Low-Calorie Minestrone Recipe
I’ve been craving all kinds warm cozy meals with all the rain we’ve been having here. It feels like it has been raining since the snow melted back in February! I want all the soups, stews, and one pot rice dishes! Mmm! This week, I made minestrone soup and Ryan smoked a brisket in his brand new electric smoker. I portioned the soup into 12 containers and the brisket into 8 containers with baked sweet potato.
To curb my craving for soup, I decided to make a minestrone. To keep it very low-calorie, I didn’t add any protein and opted to eat protein on the side. In the end, the soup works out to 234 calories per serving and it’s very filling! It’s practically a snack for people who can eat a higher calorie allowance. I am down to 1200 calories a day so this is the perfect recipe for me. I can eat a pretty big portion of this for lunch and still have calories to play with later in the day. This has been a big struggle for me lately since 1200 calories a day means I can have no more than 4oo calories per meal and then I can’t afford any snacks at all! Meals like this save my sanity on the tough days, for sure!
If this recipe is too low-calorie for you, you could either double your portions or very easily add a can of white beans at the end when you add the pasta. You might like to add some freshly grated Parmesan and pepper when you serve. This is a very easy recipe to cook and portion out, and the whole family loves it!