In case you were wondering, I’m still doing Weight Watchers (and I’ve lost 10 pounds–yay me!). It just feels weird to write about it all the time here. Anyway! I typically find it easy to stick to the plan for breakfast and dinner, and I’m not much of a snacker, so that’s not a problem either. But lunch has been difficult. I don’t like frozen foods and I’m not a big salad eater. I did sandwiches for a while, but I burnt out on those. I like some canned soups, but I’m trying to avoid them because of the whole BPA thing. When lunchtime rolls around, it’s usually, “Oh, what I’m going to eat? I guess I’ll have some potato chips and a tangerine.” So I’m not so much over-eating when it comes to lunch–it’s mostly just that I’m eating odd things. Things that don’t really constitute a meal.
Not having time to whip up something from scratch on a daily basis, I’ve found that a good solution has been to make a big batch of soup on Sundays to eat during the work week. Soup is easy to heat up and I can have it with some fruit and one of my No-Bake Molasses Bites and it’s a filling (normal! non-potato chip!) meal.
After a few weeks of various lentil soups, I’ve moved onto Asian-inspired ones. Last week, I found a recipe for Coconut-Lime Chicken Noodle Soup in Everyday Food (which apparently is so new, it’s not even up on Martha Stewart’s website yet–sorry, no link!) and I decided to adapt it to my tastes and diet to make Coconut-Lime Tofu Soup. I took out the chicken and noodles and added tofu and mushrooms instead. As I squeezed the lime juice into the pot, I was worried that the soup would be too lime-y for me, but it worked–it reminds me of the coconut soup that comes with the lunch special at our local Thai restaurant.
An Asian-inspired vegetarian soup with a coconut-lime broth, fresh mushrooms, and cubes of tofu. Adapted from Everyday Food's Coconut-Lime Chicken Noodle Soup.
- 3 1/2 c. vegetable broth
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
- 1-13.5 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
- 1-14 oz. package extra firm tofu, drained, pressed at least 30 minutes (you can use a tofu press), and cubed
- 8 oz. button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 6 tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
- 3 tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
- 2 tsp. light brown sugar
- 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, seeds removed
- 3/4 c. packed fresh cilantro leaves
- Combine broth and ginger in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add coconut milk to broth; return to a simmer. Stir in tofu and mushrooms; cook 3 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Add lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, jalapeno, and 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves to pot; cook 1 minute more.
- Garnish bowls with remaining cilantro.