My friend Lori lost a lot of weight on the original Weight Watchers (WW) program (and has kept it off); she said one of the reasons she lost weight so steadily over time was because she made and ate the WW 0-points vegetable soup almost every day. Now I know not everyone would want to eat the same thing for one meal every day, but Lori did/does, and man, she looks good! She invited me over recently to sample her version of the WW 0-points soup, to which she now adds barley (please note by adding the barley, the soup ends up with WW points; see below.). I went. I ate. I loved it!
Lori shared her recipe with me and I want to share it with you! Even though I diligently searched the WW site for the “original” recipe so that I could link to it, I couldn’t find it so I’m reprinting Lori’s version below.
Lori, bless her, told me the recipe is very flexible and that I could customize it to my taste. I bought a bag of frozen organic veggies — corn, peas, carrots — and chopped up a small zucchini I had in the crisper and added it to the celery, onion, carrots and garlic the recipe suggests.
Since I have an indoor herb garden that is bursting with chives and thyme I used those two fresh herbs in place of the dill/dill seed Lori usually uses.
I made/added the barley. I love barley and 1 cup of cooked barley is only 5 WW points, a real “bargain” for my dinner tonight; when I eat the soup for lunch I will add only a 1/2c of barley (only 2 WW points) for a lighter meal. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I treat my daily WW points like money and and I like to “spend” them wisely!
Lori’s soup is versatile and tasty on or off a WW lifestyle. Enjoy!