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Low calorie soup recipe - grandma style

Updated on August 18, 2011

Grandma's soup

By some of the comments I have received, I am getting the impression that a few of you are looking for ways to cut calories rather than add them. This recipe was one that my mother altered to suit her needs when she was trying to eat healthier. I hate the ‘D’ word so I refuse to use it, but if you are on a strict one, check out the ingredients in this! You may find it’s right up your alley! When we were around, Mom had to double the recipe to accommodate the kids eating it. Yes, they begged for it! She discovered this when making it for herself only to find they had eaten it all, leaving none for her.

I refused to write this down, because I always wanted my mother around to make it. My mother was a wise woman, she wrote it down and gave it to my daughter. So in order for me to share it with you I called my daughter to get this. Accolades should be directed to Catherine in her foresight for accepting and saving this.

1 16 oz can chicken broth (mom used Swanson) low sodium or veggie broth can also be used
2 Cups water
2 carrots chopped (depending on size, Catherine likes carrots so the bigger the better)
2 celery stalks chopped (Catherine says any more and you will have celery soup)
1 small onion chopped
½ head fresh cauliflower - broken into bite size pieces
½ head cabbage - chopped
2 small yellow squash - sliced then halved
2 small zucchini squash - sliced then halved
16 oz tomatoes (diced, crushed, whole)
1 small clove garlic - minced
½ tsp dried basil

Large stock pot
Measuring cups and spoons
Knife for chopping
Cutting board
Large spoon for stirring

Add celery, carrots, onions and chicken broth and water to bottom of the pan, over medium heat, add cauliflower and cabbage bring to boil. Let boil for 10 minutes with lid on (you want to keep liquid), add squash and zucchini cook for another 10 minutes or until carrots are tender (with lid on). Then add tomatoes garlic and basil last. Bring to boil again. Heat fully then serve! Add salt and pepper to taste.

This makes 6 - 1 cup servings, and freezes well (mom did this to hide it from the kids)


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    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      LOL - Oh Mom Kat, you have noooo idea how many people invite me to their home to cook!! LOL Hey, that's it I can be a traveling cook!! I've even tried teaching cooking in my area... no takers. Darn!

      Lilly- Got plenty more where those came from!! You don't get a butt my size by not feeding it!! ewww, I just realized how that sounded... Let me rephrase - You don't get a butt my size by not eating!! (Better?)

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      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      So when are you coming over to my place to cook? This recipe sounds devine.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I love your recipe Hubs! Yummy...I like the fattening ones better! LOL :0)

    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh yes, you can add whatever you wish, even chicken breast pieces would be good...

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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      patdmania 7 years ago from waterford, mi

      I know it says low calorie, however adding a little ground breakfast sausage sounds like it would go good in this. My wife wants me to cook this for her. I'm going to bookmark this. Thanks, Sweet

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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      You are very welcome! I love soup of all kinds and this one is guaranteed (at least in my house) to be devoured in no time!

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      tmgonzalez 7 years ago from Northern CA

      Sounds great! My kids and I love a good soup! Thanks.

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      Sweetsusieg 7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh you are most welcome!! It is very good, and if you have picky eaters (kids who are all of a sudden vegetarians) this is GREAT!! LOL, I like to serve it with hot fresh bread (Ok, so there goes the Low Calories)

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      Jill Kostowskie 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I will definately make this one for my family. Sounds delicious!!! Thank you, I am always looking for something new to make. (My fiance and kids get sick of the same old things I cook all the time)