Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easy FREE Vegie Soup - Slow Cooker or Stove

This is called free soup as it has no Points on the Weight Watchers Program
It is easy as there is no preparation

I often turn this into a more filling meal by adding some of my Steamed Meatballs

Serves: 4 large serves

Difficulty: Easy

  • 1 x 1kg bag of homebrand mixed vegetables
  • 1 x 400g diced tomatoes
  • 4-6 vegetable stock cubes
  • onion - either 1 diced real onion, 1/2 cup frozen diced onion or 1/2 packet french onion soup mix (in which case, just 4 stock cubes)
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp (or more) Italian herns mix
  • optional - a couple bay leaves
Bung all into large saucepan or slow cooker insert.
Add 4 cans worth of water (about 6 cups).

Slow cooker:  low for 3-4 hours
Stove top: simmer for 15 mins

How easy is that?

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 0 pts

Note for people counting Points - if youx mix has peas or corn, these are not free. You should allocate a small amount of Pts, 1/2 pt per serve, or 1/2 pt for 2 serves depending on how much is in the mix.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Core Beef Meatballs - Steamed

Meatballs for use in spaghetti and meatballs, meatball soup etc.
This recipe steams the meatballs, making lovely and moist.
You can cook in oven instead.
If serving as a finger food, I suggest browning under griller or in fry pan

When mince is on special I'll often do a huge batch and freeze in zip lock bags for quick meals later.

Serves: 30 meatballs

Difficulty: Easy

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 TB dry french onion soup mix or dehydrated onion flakes
  • 2 tsp gried garlic powder
  • 1 TB dry parsley or basil 
The easiest may to do meatballs is to get your hand in there. Before starting, wash hands well and pour a basin of luke warm water.
Mix all together with your hands.
Dampen your palms and form into small 2 cm balls.
If the mixture sticks to your hand, dampen your palms, this will stop it sticking and give a smoother ball.
Place in single layer in steamer basket. Do not crowd as the fats drain better with a few mm between balls.
Steam for 10 minutes.

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 15 pts or 1/2 pt a meatball