Friday, February 23, 2007

Creamy Vegan Potato Soup

I guess that today's lunch could be considered a little bit less healthy than the last few that I've made, but not by much. Even though it's Potato Soup, it's still vegan and actually gets some of it's creaminess from the fact that it contains quite a bit of protein. Actually, potatoes alone aren't THAT bad for you, as long as they're not fried and they're not super jumbo size. I remember eating lots of baked potatoes on Weight Watchers and they only counted as 4 points. Not too bad really, just don't drown them with margarine, use something fat-free.

But today's main course is some Creamy Vegan Potato Soup made from a recipe found over on VegWeb. There's only 2 Tbsp. of oil in the entire pot of soup, so the fat content is not really that high. Using tofu, with the aid of the food processor, to make it creamy means that it is actually a lot healthier than you would think. Adding the Bac-Os really sets it off and makes it taste like there is real bacon in there. I always loved Potato Soup as an omnivore, and this is actually my first time eating it since I became vegan a little over a year ago. I had forgotten how good it is.

And even though Potato Soup might not be the healthiest thing in the world to eat, the lunchbox helps out a little bit by forcing me to adhere to a decent serving size. The Laptop Lunches lunchbox is comes in really handy for portion control. If not measured out to fit into the lunchbox, I could probably eat the whole entire pot of soup. But I guess that would be a no-no now huh?

To go along with my soup I brought some Mixed Steamed Vegetables, some more delicious Black Beans and a few Red Seedless Grapes for dessert. I really wanted to pack a Cornbread Muffin or something like that to go along with my soup, but since the soup was already so high in carbs from the potatoes, I opted instead for fruits and veggies. I think it's catching myself at points like that and making the right food decision that's gonna' help me get down to my desired weight.

So there you have it, lunch for Friday. The Potato Soup recipe is very good and I highly recommend it. I really need to get over there and spend some time browsing around in the recipes at VegWeb. I have just never spent much time over there, but there are tons of recipes to explore. I'd like to hear about any other exceptional recipes that any of you guys & gals have found over there.

Thanks for checking in today and I'll see everybody on Monday.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

MMMM YUMMO!!! I know what I am cooking tonight! Potato Soup. I had forgotten how much I love it. JD

bazu said...

This potato soup looks really good. I don't think I've ever had cream of potato- even pre-veganism- is that weird??

Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi Ken,
I adore potato soup. I prefer it without any bacon or smoke flavoring. I will have to give this one a try. I have some spuds just waiting to be used. Great blog!

Sheila xx said...

What kind of Tofu do you use for this recipe?I have firm...I thought maybe silken would be better but I can't find any...Hope the firm works cause I am making this recipe in just a little bit for my lunches this week...It looks great!!!!

Oh by the way I loved your blog and am glad you are back..Love Sheila xx

kennyboy said...

I've tried both firm and the Silken type. They both worked, but I think the Silken probably worked better.