Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter Staples - Yummy 21 Day Fix Tomato Soup!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week! Just yesterday it seemed like summer had finally arrived and now across the US we are experiencing snow, ice, and a lot cold weather. Although I absolutely love the Holidays and the family time I get this time of year I could really do without the weather! There is just something about a chilly house that makes me want to do nothing more then lay around the house in sweats and not work out. 

Even though I would rather do nothing more then stay cozy on the couch I have managed to stay motivated and have kept up with my workouts. I have got to say a lot of it has to do with the progress I am seeing in my body and the small gains I have seen through using Pump. Who knew that a girl like myself so against weight lifting would fall in love with it!

Besides staying on track with my workouts I have also been keeping up with my flex dieting and 21 Day Fix plan. Through experience I have realized that it is the right combination of exercise and diet that retrieves the best results. With the cold weather I have noticed that I have been wanting to eat more "comfort" foods especially soups. One of my winter staples (besides chili) has been tomato soup. Luckily after a lot of research I found a recipe online that I made a few tweaks to and it is Fix Approved. I found this recipe on FineCooking.com. To view the original recipe simply click HERE

21 Day Fix Tomato Soup
makes 8 servings and each serving counts as: 1 Green, 2 tsp (+ 1 tsp from coffee section)

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp organic butter (yes it is allowed on the fix! See Autumn's video below)
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp wheat flour (can omit for any other fix approved flour)
  • 2 cups organic, low sodium chicken broth
  • 28-oz can of whole peeled plum tomatoes (puree)
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic sugar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp of basil, chives, and dill mixture 
Instructions
  1. In a dutch oven heat the oil and butter over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft but now browned, about 8 minutes. Add the four and stir to coat the onion and garlic. 
  2. Add the broth, tomatoes, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat while stirring the mixture to make sure that the flour is not sticking to the bottom of the plan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes. 
  3. Discard the thyme sprig. Let cool and then puree in two or three batches in a bender or food processor. Rinse the pot and return the soup to the pot and season more with salt and pepper if desired. Keep warm and serve. 
As mentioned above in the recipe, YES butter is allowed in the 21 Day Fix even though it is not mentioned in the books (at least the original books released for the 21 Day Fix).  Organic chicken broth (low sodium) is also allowed. If you check out Autumn's videos on YouTube you gives you better insight into the Fix and offers some great recipe ideas as well. If you want to watch the video where autumn talks about butter you can watch it below!


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