A Healthy and Kid-Friendly Soup From Weight Watchers
As a working mom, the thought of having to prepare more than one dinner after a long stressful day may be why you're putting off your weight-loss plan. But Weight Watchers offers a number of healthy recipes that are not only easy to prepare, but kid-friendly too. Tacos are universally loved, and Weight Watchers taco soup recipe can be ready in less than an hour.
This recipe is adapted from the Weight Watchers taco soup recipe, which has 7 SmartPoints. Weight Watchers helps you lose weight by teaching you how to control calories and make healthy food choices with their food point system. All foods are assigned points based on calories, sugar, saturated fat and protein content. Weight Watchers taco soup is high in protein and low in saturated fat.
Total Time: 45 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 12
- spray oil
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 (15-ounce) cans of chili beans
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (1-ounce) package dry ranch dressing mix
- In a large pot over medium-high heat, spray the oil and add the turkey and onions. Cook until meat is browned, about 10 to 15 minutes, breaking up meat lumps as it cooks.
- Add chili beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, chilies, chili powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and ranch dressing to the pot and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve the soup with a mixed green salad to keep points for your meal low. Most vegetables on the Weight Watchers SmartPoints plan have no points. For crunch, top the soup with crushed hard taco shells, but be sure to include the correct points for the addition.
If you prefer beef tacos, substitute very lean ground beef, 93-percent lean, for the turkey.
Soy crumbles, found in the freezer or refrigerated section of the grocery store, can also be used if looking for a vegetarian dinner option. Using the meat alternative saves cooking time because there's no need to brown. Cook the onions first for about 5 minutes, then add the soy crumbles and the rest of the ingredients to make the soup.