Mmmmmmmm potage. One of my favorite cold, rainy night dinners. Its basically a creamy soup made by simmering veggies (and sometimes meat) together until they break down enough to puree’ them together in a blender. Brian helped me tonight…he’s kinda become our dedicated potage chef. He used and slightly modified a recipe from one of our soup cookbooks, Soup: A Way of Life by Barbara Kafka. It turned out perfectly.
makes (4) 1-1/2 cup servings
180 calories, 3.4g fat, 1.8g sat. fat, 35g carbs, 4.3g fiber, 4.5g protein in one serving
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cups mashing potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 5 cups veggie broth
- 1/2 medium head of broccoli, stems peeled and cut into coins, tops into florets
- 4 tsp kosher salt (less if using a commercial veggie broth)
- ground pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until wilted and translucent.
- Stir in the potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli. Cover. Simmer until the potatoes and broccoli are completely tender, about 10 more minutes.
- Strain the soup and reserve the liquid. In a food processor or blender, puree’ the vegetables with a little of the reserved liquid. Whisk the puree’ into the remaining liquid and return to the saucepan.
- Add salt + pepper and heat through.
My task tonight was to try out the Oatmeal Whole Wheat Quick Bread recipe I found on Itzy’s Kitchen. I was really impressed with how easy and fast this recipe was. And, it was really good! VERY filling. I made a couple of small modifications.
yield 1 loaf, 12 slices
198 calories, 4.5g fat, .4g sat fat, 35.1g carbs, 4.2f fiber, 5.7g protein in one slice
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups hemp milk
- Preheat oven to 450*.
- Grind oatmeal in a blender. In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, dissolve honey in vegetable oil then stir in the milk.
- Combine both mixtures and stir until a soft dough is formed. Move dough into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
If I had more honey, I would have used the 4 tbsp recommended in the Itzy’s Kitchen recipe. My bread was really good, but it could have been a bit more sweet. Unfortunately I ran out after 3 tbsp so I just worked with what I had! I will definitely be making this recipe again.
Dinner was sooooooo good. Exactly what I wanted at the end of this dreary day. The potage and bread are both really filling. I had about 1-1/2 cups of soup and 1-1/2 slices of the bread paired with a small glass of wine, and am now completely stuffed!!!
A little backtrack to my afternoon snacking. Lunch only stuck with me for a couple of hours….it was just veggies. I realized when I was starving at 2:30 that I hadn’t had much protein today, but sadly didn’t have anything to supplement with at work. So, I had my apple and slice of banana apple bread for a snack with a cup of green tea, which held me over for another couple of hours.
On Friday afternoons my office always gets a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers to celebrate the end of another week. Today we were also celebrating my big drawing submittal yesterday, which was nice. I had a small glass of wine, about a 1oz piece of really yummy white cheddar and a couple of water table crackers. No pictures, I still haven’t gotten comfortable enough to clue my co-workers in to what I’m doing. I think that’s best for now though.
Tomorrow starts another week of training and blogging!!! I wasn’t very good this week, I was so busy that my workouts and home cooking suffered. I hope to find a way to better balance things because the busy weeks will keep happening and if I want to get to my goal weight I need to stay on top of my exercise and good eats.
I am now totally pooped out and ready for bed, so no BSI cooking tonight. I did spend about an hour working out my recipe though, so I’m all ready to prepare it tomorrow!