Entertaining: Soups On

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Feature, Food

Winter weather got you in a deep freeze? Thaw out with this warm, fulfi lling and waistline-friendly soup created by Schnucks Cooks.

 

After a day shivering in the winter weather, it’s no wonder we crave a bowl of hot, satisfying soup. But instead of reaching for the salty, calorie-laden canned kinds, this simple-to-make tortellini soup from Schnucks Cooks will help thaw you out on the blustery days ahead and keep your belt from creeping up a notch. Not only is this recipe full of flavor, it’s also a filling meal that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying. Because it’s made with lean turkey sausage, veggies and a low-sodium broth, your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2011 won’t be undone at dinner.

Tortellini Soup
(Serves 4)

WHAT YOU NEED:
• 1 package (16 ounces) lean sweet Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
• 2 teaspoons drained roasted garlic
• 2 cans (14 to 14 1/2 ounces each) less sodium chicken broth (3 1/2 cups)
• 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Schnucks petite-diced tomatoes with green chiles
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
• 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated three-cheese tortellini
• 1 package (5 to 6 ounces) baby spinach

WHAT TO DO:
1. Heat 4- to 5-quart saucepot or Dutch oven over high heat 2 minutes to preheat. Add sausage and garlic and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until browned, breaking up sausage with side of spoon. Add broth, tomatoes with their juice, water and Italian seasoning; cover and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors.
2. Increase heat to high; heat soup to boiling. Stir in tortellini and spinach, pressing on spinach to immerse in liquid. Cook tortellini according to package directions or until tender, stirring occasionally. Ladle soup into shallow soup bowls to serve.

Sensible Snacking

Have a craving, but want to keep it healthy? These five snacks are New Year’s Resolution approved.

CRAVING: NUTTY AND CRISPY
NOSH: BLUE DIAMOND ALMOND NUT-THINS
Potato chips can be a dieter’s Achilles Heel. Not anymore thanks to Blue Diamond’s new all-natural Nut-Thins. They’re made from almonds and rice and are wheat and gluten free. A generous 17 crackers is only 2.5g of fat versus the 10g in 17 regular potato chips. Plus, you’re skipping nearly 100mg of sodium.

CRAVING: SALTY AND CHEESY
NOSH: SARGENTO LIGHT STRING CHEESE
Not only are these tasty snacks fun to eat (the string-pulling action will keep you from inhaling it too fast), they pack a protein punch. Keep some in the fridge at home or work for a salty snack that also helps you get your calcium.

CRAVING: RICH AND CREAMY
NOSH: FAGE TOTAL 0% YOGURT
Forget the ice cream sundae and pick up a cup of thick Greek yogurt. Fage’s 0% variety has zero fat and only 90 calories per serving. Because the calorie count is so low, feel free to add healthy mix-ins such as chopped fruit.

CRAVING: STICKY AND SWEET
NOSH: KASHI CHEWY GRANOLA BARS
Kashi offers a variety of chewy granola bar flavors to curb snack boredom. Each bar has only 130-140 calories, and what’s more, each is packed with real nuts and whole grains, which equal energy and high fiber.

CRAVING: FRUITY AND ICY
NOSH: EDY’S ASSORTED FRUIT BARS
These refreshing and flavorful bars are fat-free, all natural and made with real fruit. They’re also an excellent source of immune-boosting vitamin C, a great defense during cold season. All snacks available at Schnucks.

 

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Photo credit: Photos courtesy of Schnucks; beer photos courtesy of Sam Adams

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