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Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans (Warming Frozen Toes)

I understand that many folks are in the midst of a deep freeze at the moment.  I’m sorry for you.  If I could send you a bucket of our Southern California sunshine, I would.  We really have it good here in California.  We have more clear, warm & sunny days here than you can count, and we tend to fret on the rare occasion that jackets are needed.  My son gets through the school year in mostly shorts and short-sleeved shirts, and flip flops are pretty much everyday wear for me.  Life is very, very good 🙂

BUT… we don’t experience the lovely seasons that much of the rest of the world experiences, so it’s not all perfect.  The moment the thermometer drops below 60 degrees and clouds take over our normally blue sky, we make plans to prepare soup.  It’s the only time it seems appropriate to do so around here.  On one recent (and rare) rainy day, I made soup- a good one, a healthy one:  Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans.
This soup is a high fiber soup (6.6g) that is low in fat (4g) and calories (235). If you’re counting Weight Watcher points, you’ll use up 6 for this soup. And it makes 8 servings, so you can make it on Sunday and eat it for lunch all week. If you don’t have ham lying around, just pick up a slice of it at your market- they usually sell packaged slices near the bacon.
When I’m watching my weight, I like to eat soup. It feels filling and satisfying to me when I’m starving and otherwise ready to fall off the wagon and raid my pantry in a mad fury. Having a big bowl of soup in the fridge -ready for immediate consumption- helps fend off that crazy idea. We enjoyed this soup (even the kiddo). And it felt good to eat on our blustery day (which really consisted about 55 degrees and light rain, which we hadn’t seen for 141 days).

This recipe can be found here: Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

15 Responses to “Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans (Warming Frozen Toes)”

  1. postedJan 11, 2010 5:20 AM

    Yes, soups are a great way to manage calories when you are trying to lose weight! I need to make a nice pot of soup… my toes are definitely in need of warming lately! Wishing I was in CA right now!

  2. postedJan 11, 2010 6:12 AM

    Wow, Lori, way to rub it in! Haha! Our PA weather is not nearly so perfect and sunny. In fact, it’s pretty darn cold and perfect for soup. Thanks for sharing this one.

  3. postedJan 11, 2010 9:01 AM

    What a great way to warm froze toes. Looks super delish.

  4. postedJan 11, 2010 9:18 AM

    That looks so nice and warm! i love ham and it’s such a comforting food.

  5. postedJan 11, 2010 1:14 PM

    Very nice. In Oregon we have a lot of soup days. Well pretty much every day is a soup day.

  6. postedJan 11, 2010 2:02 PM

    That looks delicious…going to make that very soon.

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  8. postedJan 11, 2010 6:17 PM

    Oh God…even here in Tampa Florida, it has been FREEZING! like 26 at night! We never get that I sooooo need this soup!

  9. postedJan 11, 2010 6:35 PM

    Mmm that looks so warm. Yum. I also want to know where you got that bread and that spoon.

  10. postedJan 11, 2010 7:56 PM

    I love that you included weight watchers point information. I have so many spread sheets devoted to figuring out my recipes points value. It’s nice not to have to do the work!

  11. postedJan 11, 2010 10:11 PM

    You just have such a gift for making “low-calorie” look so good!!!

  12. postedJan 11, 2010 10:44 PM
    so Spiffy April

    Oh my gosh.. this looks so damn divine!!! And truly comfort food.

  13. postedJan 12, 2010 7:24 AM

    Looks comforting! Love the spoon and bowl!

  14. postedJan 12, 2010 4:34 PM

    Mmmm, I can almost smell it! Lovely, lovely and oh so cozy 🙂

  15. postedApr 29, 2010 12:00 PM

    This is an amazing soup! I even froze it and had it again – tasted great still!

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