Thick, hearty soup makes a great winter dinner. I used to love coming home from school to a kitchen filled with the smell of a large pot of soup that had been simmering for hours.
I still love a really good bowl of soup, but don't have hours to make it. This short-cut version takes only 25 minutes. It's a whole meal in a bowl. The soup freezes well; if you have time, make double and you will have another meal ready.
This meal contains 576 calories with 26 percent of calories from fat.
Fred Tasker’s wine tip: I'd serve a zingy New Zealand sauvignon blanc.
• Low-fat chicken sausage can be used instead of turkey sausage.
• Keep the sausage in the refrigerator until ready to slice. It’s easier to cut when cold.
• Prepare ingredients.
• Make soup.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.
To buy: 1 package low-fat turkey sausage (6 ounces needed), 1 package sliced carrots, 1 parsnip, 1 can red kidney beans, 1 can chickpeas, 1 package frozen baby lima beans, 2 cans low-sodium peeled whole tomatoes, 1 container fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, 1 bottle ground cumin, 1 bottle chili powder
Staples: Olive oil, onion, salt and black peppercorns.
Linda Gassenheimer is the author, most recently, of “Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.” Her website is dinnerinminutes.com. Follow her on Twitter @lgassenheimer.