Sunday, October 15, 2006

South Beach Recipes of the Week #14: Soup

On Sundays I like to spotlight low glycemic index recipes I find on other food blogs. If you don't know about the glycemic index, it's what the South Beach Diet is based on. Soup can be a great option for most diets, with so many varieties to choose from. Lots of these soups have beans, and many people don't realize that beans are considered a *good carb* on South Beach, even allowed for phase one.

It's just starting to get cold here, and yesterday I pulled up the last plants in the garden, so it's soup season. I'm making some soup of my own right now, which I'll post later this week. I found so many good soup recipes on my favorite blogs, I couldn't limit it to the four I usually share for South Beach Recipes of the Week, so there's a few bonus recipes. Enjoy!

Photo by Kitarra of Cooking Debauchery

An online friend named Jewelweed inspired Kitarra of Cooking Debauchery to create her version of Jewelweed's Wild Mushroom Soup, seasoned with thyme, garlic, tarragon, and a bit of cayenne pepper. I would replace some or all of the butter in the soup with olive oil to make this South Beach approved, and eat it with 100% whole wheat bread for a great South Beach meal. (The soup has sherry, so it's for phase two or three if you use that.)

Photo by Michelle of Je Mange la Ville

Michelle of Je Mange la Ville reports that she often uses potato to thicken her "cream" soups, but this time she used sweet potato, which makes this soup perfect for the South Beach Diet! I loved the sound of this Zucchini and Sweet Potato Soup with Mint and Pistachios.

Photo by Patti of Adventures in Food and Wine

Patti from Adventures in Food and Wine found this soup recipe online at the Cooking Light site, and when I read the ingredients for Garlic Harvest Soup, I realized it was perfect for South Beach Diet eaters. Patti reports that when she did the nutritional analysis, the soup has 45 grams of fiber, due to the wild rice and barley. This is one I'm definitely going to try.

Photo by The Food Pornographer

The Food Pornographer most often takes photos of food from restaurants around Perth, Australia, but this time her partner Jax made chicken soup, which was so good she had to share the recipe. This Venetian Chicken Soup does have a bit of flour, which I'd probably substitute with 100 % whole wheat pastry flour to make it even more South Beach approved.

Photo by Stefania of Family Food

Family Food is the food blog of Stefania, aka City Mama, who writes about entertainment on Blogher. I loved the sound of her Cuban Black Bean Soup, seasoned with cumin, coriander, and paprika, and a touch of orange, and everything in this soup is perfect for South Beachers.

Photo by Susan of Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

I found this delicious version of yellow split pea soup at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, where Susan whips up tasty dishes that are often South Beach Diet approved. This Yellow Split Pea Soup with Sweet Potato and Kale is prefect, and with cumin, ginger, garlic, and curry powder, it sounds delicious.

Photo by Beth of Zen Foodism

Beth of Zen Foodism reports that her husband even likes this Tomato and Lentil Soup, which Beth garnishes with feta cheese for an extra treat. Everything in this recipe is perfectly South Beach Diet friendly, and it sounds fantastic to me.
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  1. Great selection of soup ideas! Just in time for the cold weather -- we had our first basil-killing frost two nights ago. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for including me, Kalyn, in this great-looking bunch of soups! Even here in the South it's getting to be soup weather, so I love to see what other people are making. Soup is such a great comfort--as well as diet--food!

  3. Those look great. The weather here has gotten so cool we have been using the fireplace. I'm ready for soup in front of the fire.

  4. Great post right in time. I have been thinking about soups for a month now! Thank you for including me in the round up! I am thinking I need to make some of those soups!

  5. What a wonderful collection of soup recipes. Each one looks divine.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love soup. I usually eat clearly soup, in Indonesia called soto. thanks for sharing soup recipes, greeting : reog foodie


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