Friday, January 26, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #23:
Phase One Soups

(Update for all those who are worried about me: I'm sorry to report that I still don't have any water. Right now there is a machine attached to my water line that warms it with an electrical current. My plumber seems confident that this will work (eventually) so I am trying to stay optimistic. Everyone please visualize running water coming out of my taps, and let's see if we can help create it!)

Anyone who's observant will notice it's not Saturday, the day I had been doing South Beach Recipes of the Week, those yummy, low glycemic index recipes I discover on my favorite food blogs. Truth is, I never could stick to a schedule that well. Still, it's the end of the week, and tomorrow would be a great day to make some soup.

You might be wondering why I'm showing phase one soups with lentils and garbanzo beans. I've been re-reading the South Beach Diet book and remembered beans are considered a *good* carb, even for phase one. I wouldn't recommend a soup that's entirely beans, but all these soups with other phase one ingredients will work for phase one. I also updated recommendations on the Soups page in the recipe archives to reflect this.

Photo by Brendon from Something in Season

Brendon from Something in Season recently gave a class in Lentil Soups and I bet this version of Spicy Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup was a hit. This recipe sounds great, and like all Brendon's recipes, it's gluten free for those who need to avoid gluten.

Photo by DPaul, Sean of Hedonia's Partner

South Beach Dieters should ignore the bread in this photo and you'll have a delicious-sounding Escarole Soup that's perfectly South Beach friendly. Sean of Hedonia probably created this soup in his fabulous kitchen, and the soup looks pretty fabulous too.

Photo by Sher of What Did You Eat?

My cilantro-loving buddy Sher from What Did You Eat? always creates dishes that look amazing, and this Spanish Cod Soup with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Parsley is no exception. I love the touch of almonds sprinkled over just before you eat the soup.

Photo by Alanna of A Veggie Venture

Finally, the ultimate vegetable soup from Alanna at A Veggie Venture, and this Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup is also so diet-aproved it would be a shame not to cook it once in a while. Alanna says be sure not to miss the cabbage, it makes the soup.counter customizable free hit
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  1. It's finally turned brutally cold here in the Northeast, so I'm definitely in the mood for soup. Thanks for the wonderful recipe choices. If I could send you running water and warmed-up pipes, I would!

  2. Oh Kalyn, I hope your water problem ends soon. That's no fun! Thanks for including my soup--it was a lot of fun to make and eat that recipe. The other soups look great too. Especially in cold weather.

  3. You know, it hadn't occurred to me, but there you have it -- it is actually SB-friendly soup. (Just don't go back and look at the pommes de terre recipe, LOL). And for the record, the photograph is by my photog husband, DPaul.

  4. Kalyn, please don't torture me with that mention of spicy Italian sausage. I can't get that here in Marrakesh!

  5. Still no water?? That is not good. If you need anything come on over!!

  6. Lydia, soup is good. Cold weather is not good.

    Sher, not yet. It's now about 44 hours with no water. The good news is that my plumber is here now and I think (hope!) he just found out why it's not thawing.

    Sean, fixed the photo credit. Yes, this is about as SB Diet friendly as you can get!

    MM, Sorry. Funny how something that's a staple in one area is unheard of in other places.

    Maria, thanks. I had a friend come over while I took a shower at Michelle and Todd's house and I'm much better now!

  7. Kayln,
    I hope your water problem gets fixed soon. How horrible for you!

  8. Thanks, but it's now 9:15 P.M. and I'm sorry to report, still no water. My plumber discovered that one of the electrical lines hooked up to my pipe had a short in it and no current was getting through. (This was after it had been on the pipe for 18 hours.) It is definitely getting old.

  9. All these soups look sooooo good! Good luck with the water situation. I'm sending good thoughts.


  10. Kalyn, I hope by the time you read this, you have water! I cannot think of anything more frustrating for a cook. I want to thank you again for featuring my dressing this week. You are part of every meal in my kitchen now. "Would Kalyn do this?" is my mantra!

    Yes, beans are good carbs.

  11. ...I see you sitting down to enjoy a luscious soup today and suddenly...WATER FLOWING INTO THE SINKS and flushing the toilets!!!
    Soups look wonderful.
    Hope we (with a little help from the plumber) make it happen for you!

  12. Kalyn, thanks so much for this post. It led me to Something in Season's blog, where I found an amazing recipe for Papaya Cookies! I just made some Lentil soup a couple days ago, but am always on the lookout for different variations and his use of sausage was intriguing. I used 3 lbs. of beef back ribs that the meat counterwoman told me were what was left after cutting Prime rib. All I can say is the soup came out wonderful.


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