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SAM_1876

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

My personal recipe.

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I now love hominy thanks to this recipe, and the hominy and poblano peppers are a fantastic pairing.  This dish can be on the table in ten minutes.   If you’re not into a little spicy food, substitute another pepper, although the poblano is great.

What you need:

  • 1 tsp olive oil and/or olive oil spray if desired
  • 2 medium poblano chiles, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 15 oz. can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

To prepare:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add peppers and onion and saute until almost tender.
  3. Stir in garlic, cumin, salt.  Cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add hominy and water, cook for 4 minutes stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and add lime juice and cilantro

4 servings.  Weight Watchers PointsPlus value:  3

Original recipe from weightwatchers.com

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