Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Low Carb Spinach Artichoke Soup


Tonight as the rest of the family was eating leftovers for dinner, I decided to make something nice and low carb for myself. I've been craving artichoke spinach dip but as I was searching I came across several recipes for spinach artichoke soup. That sounded great! So I started with this recipe, halved it, and changed it a bit to make it low carb. I also subbed some of the ingredients to make it lower in fat and calories, and it was fantastic! But feel free to use the higher fat options if you prefer (heavy cream instead of half and half, and regular cream cheese instead of reduced fat).

Low Carb Spinach Artichoke Soup

1 Tbsp butter
1/2 of an onion, diced
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
half of a 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
half a bag of fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 c half and half
4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 c shaved Parmesan cheese

Saute the onion in the butter for 5 minutes. Add the seasonings, spinach, artichoke hearts, and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low so it is no longer simmering, and add the half and half and cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese is melted and the soup is hot, but don't let it come to a simmer again. Turn the heat off, add the Parmesan and stir until melted.

low carb spinach artichoke soup

It was very creamy, rich and tasty. I highly recommend it!

Enjoy your veggies!


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not more leafy green vegetables? Kale, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, etc.? It'd probably be a good idea to get in the habit of incorporating a large serving of these into every meal to support and maintain weight loss.

Lyn said...

Anon~

I don't usually have space for a lot of volume in my meals. So a "large serving" of greens is not something I can handle right now. But as you can see, I got some spinach in tonight!

Anonymous said...

That's the point of leafy greens, though...to fill one up so one doesn't have to eat everything else. Plus, leafy greens are not carby.

Anfisa said...

Go veggies!

Anonymous said...

I plan on trying a vegan version of this soon.

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

I saw the pic on your Instagram . This pic looks soup ish and the other looks solid like dip?

Lyn said...

Anon~

Phentermine is an appetite suppressant, so I don't have to eat anything else to feel full. My plan when I am off phentermine is to add more bulky low calorie vegetables to fill any gap in hunger.

Frenchy~

The pic on Instagram is of the whole pot of soup, in the pot, so the surface is perfectly smooth :) But it's the same consistency, like a creamy potato soup.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I commend your diplomacy. I don't understand why some pick at your choices. You sound upbeat and you're making progress so there's no good reason for it. I hope 2018 is your best year yet.

Anonymous said...

But why not start with the green veggies now and already be in the habit? What’s stopping you?

Lyn said...

Thanks Anon 5:46! I feel great and am happy with my losses. I appreciate the kind words.

Veggie Anon: What's stopping me from eating large volumes of food is phentermine. If I eat, as you said, a "large serving of leafy greens at every meal" I would be too full to eat much of anything else. I think eating less than 500-700 calories a day would be pretty unhealthy. So I will save the large veggie portions for when my appetite is no longer suppressed.

Anonymous said...

Veggie Anon here. I’m not the one who said eat “large” volumes of food. I’m just wondering why you don’t get more in period. Even smaller portions at most meals. Just to get in the habit of eating vegetables.

Haley

Lyn said...

Veggie Anon~

oh okay, hard to keep Anons straight! I was puzzled by your comment so went back and looked at my Instagram. I see vegetables in most of my meals, so not sure where you're coming from. Take a look, almost every "dinner" I post has vegetables. (I eat one main meal a day, in the evening as dinner. I sometimes have a smaller lunch or snack that is a lot lower in volume and is mainly protein).