Nothing says comfort like a warm bowl of soup, and you'll be comforted to know that these less-than-300-calorie soups won't contribute to a winter bulge.
French Onion Soup
Slowly cooking the onions brings out their sweet flavor in this healthy French onion soup. The soup itself can be prepared
up to two days ahead. When ready to serve, add bread cubes, top with cheese, and broil until the cheese is golden.
Most chowders are often high in fat and calories because they contain cream, but with fat-free milk and just a sprinkling
of bacon, this lightened version has only 257 calories and less than 3 grams of fat. Plus, it has the same creamy texture
and mouthfeel as a traditional chowder.
Chili oil and white pepper provide the heat and lemon juice provides the sour, so adjust accordingly to your taste. Bamboo
shoots and mushrooms help make this healthy soup filling, and both shrimp and tofu are lean protein sources.
In less than 45 minutes, you can enjoy this warm and hearty potato-crab chowder, a New England classic. Lump crabmeat offers
a generous amount of flavor but for an inexpensive option, substitute canned crab meat or even chopped cooked chicken breast.
Navy beans, leeks, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini combine for a heart-healthy soup that takes the chill off a cold
winter night. The flavorful topping is a basil pistou, a mixture similar to pesto minus the pine nuts.