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I often see wonderful soups on the shelves at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, however it doesn’t seem like a plain soup would make a great meal.  Here I’ve taken a box soup, added some veggies, and created some dumplings for a really hearty dinner.  If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods nearby or can’t find these ingredients, don’t be afraid to improvise… cooking doesn’t have to be a fine science.  This is a quick and easy prep recipe.  Enjoy!

What I used:

  • 2 containers of Trader Joe’s Creamy Corn and Roasted Pepper Soup
  • 1 pkg of Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted bell peppers or melange a trois, thawed
  • 1 pkg of Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn, thawed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 pkg of Trader Joe’s veggie chorizo
  • Chili powder, cumin, salt to taste
  • 1 tube Trader Joe’s polenta

To prepare:

  1. Slice tubed polenta about 1/2-inch thick, then cut each slice into fourths.  Grill on each side till browned.  I used my George Foreman grill.  You can use a pan, oven, etc.  Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, saute onions and garlic till soft.
  3. Add in soup, thawed veggies, chorizo, and simmer for about 20 minutes or more.
  4. Season to taste with chili powder, cumin, salt.
  5. Stir in the dumplings right before serving and place a few atop each bowl.
  6. You can serve with sliced avocado, soy sour cream.

8  servings.  Weight Watcher Points Plus value: 7

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No, you’ve not read this post already!  This recipe is for the Cabbage LoMein.  I previously posted the recipe for the Korean Scallion and Mushroom pancake.  Another Emeril recipe toned down.

Combine these ingredients in a small bowl:

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Srirachu sauce (optional)

In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat spray with cooking spray,  add and saute these ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 2 tsp minced ginger

Then add these ingredients and cook till tender:

  • 4 cups (more if you like) of baby bok choy, napa cabbage, or any hearty greens
  • 2 cups snow peas sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

Lastly, add small bowl of sauce and 10 ounces of cooked spaghetti or soba noodles and combine till coated.

Optional crushed peanuts can be added on top for garnish.

6 servings.  Weight Watcher PointsPlus value:  6

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