Everyone Needs Some Diet Motivation Sometime. But potato soup. Come on.
Posted Feb 01 2013 5:00am
I’ve been dying to have some potato soup now for a long time. I don’t know why I didn’t make it sooner. I had it yesterday, and it was simply delicious. It wasn’t the potato soup that I had every winter as a child. That was a lot coarser and tasted more potatoey.
I remember when I was a kid I put ketchup into the potato soup. We were always putting something into our soups. Ketchup in potato and split pea soup. Little marshmallows into a canned Campbell tomato soup.
No such garnishes or taste-changers for my grownup potato soup yesterday.
I bet you’re wondering why, when I am trying to lose the last fifteen or so pounds, I am eating potato soup. Isn’t that a fattening food no-no?
To tell the truth, I said to myself why should I deprive myself of something I really want, something I’ve been wanting for a long time. I earned it.
That got me worried, the “I earned it” part. That used to be my excuse for eating—overeating actually.
But I didn’t need to worry. Losing these last fifteen pounds is really important to me. And I’ve been pretty disciplined, sticking to my diet routine while dropping at least twenty-eight to thirty pounds so far.
So here was my final rationale for having my delicious, un-tampered-with potato soup yesterday. I had a cheese omelet (1 egg) with bacon, glass of orange juice for breakfast. I had a bowl of potato soup with two clementines and water for lunch. For dinner I had cottage cheese with sour cream. In fifteen pounds I’m going to have to know how to eat foods that I like and want and still keep my lost weight off. Call this potato soup foray practice for when I’m maintaining. Thinking of the potato soup this way became another incentive for losing these last fifteen pounds.
Potato Soup 2 potatoes, medium-sized 28 oz chicken broth 1 cup sour cream ½ cup cheddar cheese ¼ teaspoon tarragon dash of cayenne pepper 2 scallions 2 slices of bacon
Bake potatoes and let them cool. Cut potatoes into ½ in. cubes, skins and all, and put half in a blender. Cook bacon so you can crumble it into bacon bits. Put half of all the ingredients and the cayenne and tarragon into a blender, chop and then puree until smooth. Pour into saucepan. Then put the rest of the potatoes and other ingredients into the blender, chop, and puree until smooth. Pour into saucepan and mix together with what is already in saucepan. Cook over low to medium heat until heated. Do not boil. 4 portions.