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Healthy, filling soups/stews for repeat lunches

TimTamGirl | Mar 19, 201508:39 AM

I'm looking for suggestions of (and ideally, recipes for) low-fat, low-starch soups and stews that I could make in large batches and take for lunch for the week.

I'm trying to lose some weight and increase my vegetable intake, and restricting my eating to specific foods tends to work well for me: if I'm allowed choice I find it hard to choose well; but if I know I have to eat a specific, pre-prepared thing I can usually keep to it.

I did this a few years ago with a basic 12-bean-and-vegetable soup. I'd vary it a bit from batch to batch so I didn't get too sick of it, but it was mostly a whatever's-left-in-the-fridge kind of thing. I've tried going back to it a few times since then, but after eating it for lunch five days a week for two years (really), it turns out I'm sick to the teeth of it. I need inspiration.

* Low-fat
* Low-starch (no potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles, etc.)
* Preferably vegetarian, though a bit of chicken for flavour would be ok; no red or cured meats, and no fish (I have to reheat it in closed quarters at work)
* Good mix of vegetables
* Satisfying enough that I don't have to eat several bowls before I feel full
* Can be made in large batches and frozen
* Interesting spice combinations and spicy-hotness encouraged

I have a food processor, stick blender, and stand mixer. I also have a slow-cooker but I've never used it (I know, I know), so I'd like recipes that don't require it.


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