Because, let’s get honest…it’s about T minus 3 days until we all step on the scale and release a collective scream. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who has been binging on holiday chocolates, greasy lo mein, and mulled wine.
Even if I am, just don’t TELL me I am, okay?
So here is a little recipe to help you through those first few days of dieting – those days when it seems like all you will ever be able to eat is kale and boiled chicken.
This is very healthy, very filling, and very appropriate for cold weather.
Obviously, it’s also very delicious.
So, from the lost blog transfer files, I give you:
4 28 oz cans of peeled tomatoes with basil
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 32 oz box low sodium beef,chicken, or vegetable stock
hot sauce, to taste
1 bunch of carrots, peeled and chopped
2 onions, diced
1 bunch of basil leaves, cleaned
1 package of celery, chopped
1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
cheese, Greek yogurt, scallions (optional)
1. Toss the onions, tomatoes, garlic, and chicken broth into a large pot.
2. Crush the tomatoes with your hand or a potato masher. You don’t have to totally pulverize them, just rough them up a little bit. The hand is more fun and it’s better than therapy.
That’s what she said.
3. When the mixture boils, add the celery, onions, seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce. Continue to boil on medium high heat for about 40 minutes.
The onions should start to be turning translucent, the pot should be furiously bubbling, and the carrots should still be firm.
4. Add the basil and hot sauce and boil for about 20 more minutes or until the carrots are soft. Add the basil here to avoid overcooking it and making it stringy and dull tasting.
5. Puree with stick blender or blender until smooth.
5. Taste for seasonings, add garnish, and serve.
VOILA! You have an oil free, butter free, gluten free meal that is(shockingly!) not taste free!!! It is sweet from the tomatoes, fragrant from the basil, has that familiar, comforting taste of the carrot, onion, celery trinity known as mirepoix. It tastes pure, soothing, and hearty, and does not leave you feeling guilty or weighed down.
Jazz it up with extra hot sauce, yogurt, or more basil if you like it that way. However, I prefer it with just a dash of hot sauce, a green salad, and a perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Grilled cheese sandwiches make you look good in bikinis too.
Trust me – it’s my blog.