Happy Saturday! I know I’ve been posting a lot of maintenance recipes lately. That’s because I’ve been living here in maintenance land for over a year and honestly, I’m running out of ideas for things that don’t involve grains or potatoes. Don’t worry, I won’t abandon you all who are still in the weight loss phase. Do you have any ideas and want me to figure out the portions for it? Send me a message!
I wonder what percentage of my followers are newbies, weight-losers (winners?), and maintenance dancers?
Anyway, this is a maintenance soup because of the potatoes (counted as a grain). It comes together in about 30 minutes and makes 4 servings, great for batch cooking.
I gave some different options for fat and protein choices, for an oil-free option and for those who may have a preference for beans versus veggie sausage. I can’t decide, so I made it with both. 🙂
In other news, I’ve recently re-surrendered to squeaky clean bright lines and weighing and measuring my food (I was experimenting with eyeballing quantities for a while, and I decided it’s not worth the mental chatter). I’ve been SO enjoying returning to my automatic, simplest meals. In case you are wondering, my easiest, simplest go-to meals when I am busy or wanting squeaky clean lines are:
- Katie’s Overnight Breakfast Porridge (mixed up every night before bed)
- Hummus, veggies, fruit, nuts (finger food lunches)
- Sausage, Kraut, & Greens (15 minutes)
- Delicious Melty Eggplant (make ahead, batch cooking)
I’ve truly been eating those four things every day for the past week, and have zero complaints. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some tasty potato soup for you maintenance dancers out there. This soup is adapted from this recipe over at Veggie Inspired. The portion size is enormous, don’t be surprised! 🙂
Potato Corn Chowder (Vegan)
Each Serving Contains:
- 1 Veggie Serving (adjust quantity to your individual food plan)
- 1 Protein Serving
- 1 Fat Serving
- 1 Grain Serving
- Weigh the following veggies (raw) to reach the weight of 4 veggie servings:
- Carrot, diced
- Corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- Onion, diced
- Celery, diced
- Red pepper, diced
- Chopped kale
- Choose ONE of the following options:
- 24 oz white beans (such as great northern or white kidney) (4 protein servings)
- 16 oz veggie sausage (I like Tofurkey Italian sausage) (4 protein servings)
- 12 oz white beans and 8 oz veggie sausage (4 protein servings)
- Choose ONE of the following options:
- 2 oz cooking oil of choice (4 fat servings)
- 4 oz regular fat coconut milk (4 fat servings)
- 16 oz potatoes, diced (about 2 large yellow potatoes) (4 grain servings)
Condiments & Spices
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp salt (or celery salt)
- Pepper to taste
- Thyme (fresh) to taste (optional)
- Garlic powder to taste (optional)
- Nutritional yeast (optional)
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Dice and weigh your veggies (except for the corn and kale, counting them in your veggie weight calculation but setting them aside) directly into a large heavy bottomed pot.
- If you are using oil as your fat serving, add it to the pot. If not using oil, add a 1/4 cup or so of water or veggie broth to the pot instead.
- Add the garlic and saute, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, over medium heat.
- Add the vegetable broth, potatoes, and spices.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
- Optional: Using an immersion blender, puree about 1/4 – 1/3 of the soup to create a thick creamy base. (Alternatively, take about 2 cups of the soup and purée it in a blender and then return it to the soup pot).
- Add the protein, corn, and kale. Stir to combine and simmer 5 more minutes to heat through.
- Take off heat and add coconut milk, if using.
- Divide the soup into 4 equal sized portions. Each one equals a full meal. Alternatively, see this post about Weighing Soups & Mixed Category Dishes for other ways of weighing this soup.
Recipe Source: Katie’s Bright Kitchen