Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Creamy Zucchini Soup in 20 minutes ( vegan)




Quick and easy describes this simple zero points creamy zucchini soup. The six vegan ingredients are just literally thrown into a soup pot, covered with vegetable broth, brought to a boil , simmered for twenty minutes, blended ( immersion blender is easy) and served. Did I mention the soup is ZERO points on Weight Watchers!
It has a mild but soothing flavor that fits well with most meals. That beauty of this low calorie/ low carbohydrate zero smart point soup is that once it is prepared,  you can enjoy it immediately just the way it is, or if you don't mind adding points, it can be served two different ways. Choose one!

Optional 2 extra points

1. Blend each bowl with 1/4 of a fresh avocado just before serving or 
2 .Blend each bowl with 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt before serving. 

Either of the choices adds just 2 smart points to each serving but then produces a richer, creamy, satisfying soup that is still naturally gluten free ( what does naturally gluten free mean? ** see my notes below)  . I
This zero smart points soup is perfect if you are in a hurry but want to serve a healthy meal. It cooks in just 20 minutes and freezes well. Eat some: Freeze some .
If you grow an abundance of zucchini in the summer, you now have another recipe to make and freeze. Pin it now for later.


Author: Judee Algazi at Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 6 bowls


Ingredients:
1/2 large onion, chopped or quartered
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 med-large zucchini
3 stalks of celery, sliced
1 and half cups of water
32 ounces of vegetable broth
Optional: 1/8 of an avocado per bowl or 2 Tablespoons of Greek yogurt per bowl
Topping: cucumber, tomato, and red onion chopped small

Directions:
In a medium soup pot, add the onion, garlic, zucchini, celery, water and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Blend the soup and eat it just the way it is which is the way I like it ! 
Another option is to blend in an 1/8 of an avocado to the soup with immersion blender just before serving per bowl. I don't care for the taste of heated avocado - so after my soup is hot, I blend in the avocado just before serving. If you prefer to use the Greek yogurt add 6 Tablespoons of Greek yogurt to the soup and blend just before serving. Top with the chopped cucumber, tomato, and red onion. 



My Notes: 
Most unprocessed foods are naturally gluten free

1. Naturally Gluten Free ** Gluten is in only 3 ingredients : wheat, barley, rye and any processed products made from these ingredients ( ex: soy sauce, ) . Vegetables, fruit, meat, chicken, eggs, milk in their natural state are all "naturally gluten free". Therefore many real food recipes like this one are naturally gluten free because they are not processed and don't have anything added to them,. ( oats are gluten free, but because of cross contamination on the fields and in the processing factories- it is essential to buy only oats or oatmeal that is labeled gluten free) .
Weight Watchers? 

2. Are you following Weight Watchers? The basic soup recipe is Zero Smart Points
When you add the avocado or Greek Yogurt it becomes 2 Smart Points!!

Perfect for Passover

3. Looking for healthy Passover Recipes? Everything in this recipe is Kosher for Passover.. Perfect for a Passover spring brunch! It's also parve, making this recipe permissible for a regular Seder or the perfect choice for a vegetarian or vegan Passover Seder.


This post will be shared on my list of blog carnivals including 
Food on Friday : zucchini - featuring 47 interesting recipes for zucchini

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24 comments:

  1. I love a nice creamy soup! Yummy ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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    1. You will love this soup because it is creamy and so tasty! I hope you get to try it.

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  2. Hi Judee, this is great. I hope you bring it over to Food on Friday: Zucchini. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Yes, thank you for the invite. Can't wait to check out all the other recipes too.

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    1. My pleasure to share it on the blog carnivals. I love checking out all the other shares as well.

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  4. I've never heard of zucchini soup before. This is really amazing! Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party!
    Blessings, Leigh

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    1. Leigh,
      I believe you can make soup from just about any kind of vegetable. Zucchini has a mild taste and therefore makes a very pleasant taste.

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  5. We are big on soup at our house so we'll give this a try.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.

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    1. We are big on soup too, so I am always looking for new ways to make it. Hope you give it a try. Let me know.

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  6. Great use of all that zucchini that will be in the garden soon. Sounds delicious and love that it's healthy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I believe it is healthy since the soup concentrates on a variety of vegetables. So easy and yet so good.

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  7. I have never had zucchini soup before, but I love zucchini. Now I have another way to use up the zucchini in my garden this summer.

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    1. It's a great way to use of zucchini from the summer garden because the soup cooks up quickly it won't heat up your kitchen. It can also be frozen.

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    1. Hi Carlee,
      Glad that it sounds good to you. We really enjoy the simple soup so I hope you get to try it out.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful recipe -- healthy too! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! : )

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  10. Hi Judee,
    I love the Zucchini Soup and your apron is just precious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. Judee, creamy zucchini soup looks really yum , thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

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  12. I just planted all our zucchini, so pretty soon I'll be looking for ways to use it up. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  13. Your Creamy 20 minute Zucchini Soup is such a delectable low calorie treat. Who can resist such a quick and easy dish! I could eat this every day! I am so glad you shared your healthy, yummy vegan recipe with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party. I'm pinning and sharing.

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  14. I have tried Weight Watchers so I can really use this recipe! I love making all kinds of healthy and delicious soups like this amazing Creamy 20 minute Zucchini Soup. Thank you so much for sharing your delectable recipe at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

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  15. Hi Judee,
    This sounds so tasty and easy to make. I love zucchini and this is another great way recipe to use fresh zucchini with. Congratulations on being featured on Healthy Happy Green & Natural blog hop. Sharing on Twitter & pinterest.

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  16. This looks like such a delicious soup, Judee! I love the option for adding avocado too. Sharing on Twitter later today. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

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