For me, soups are a magic weight-loss bullet! I partially credit low-calorie soups with my weight-loss success. Since most soups have a high-water content, they make you feel full longer. My favorite soups are also high in protein and fiber, which help satiate the appetite, as well.
We Discovered Mediterranean Three Bean Soup
Last week, we tried this Mediterranean Three Bean soup recipe for the first time. I’m adding it to our regular dinner rotation, as per David’s request! I love it when my family enjoys a healthy dish that’s also easy to make!
Since this Mediterranean Three Bean Soup has so few calories, it’s a great accompaniment to a dinner meal. However, it’s high in fiber and protein, so leftovers make a great stand-alone lunch. Doubling the recipe doesn’t take any extra effort. Due to minimal meal prep, it’s the perfect mid-week meal.
I wish I could take credit for this recipe. However, I borrowed it from Sam Kuma’s cookbook: Mediterranean Diet for Vegans.
I did modify it just a bit as I usually do when I prepare meals. The recipe called for two onions. I only used one. Also, his recipe called for 1 1/2 cans of two different beans which resulted in leftovers from two cans. Instead, I used three whole cans of beans commonly used in Mediterranean cooking. I also used just one can of tomato sauce instead of 1 1/2 to limit food waste.
Mediterranean Diet for Vegans by Sam Kuma
While I enjoyed many recipes in this book, I wish that it further detailed the Mediterranean diet. (Alicia’s Note: Check out this post for more comprehensive look at the Mediterranean diet.) Because it’s healthy and encourages lifestyle changes without long banned-food lists, I do not see it as a fad diet. However, other than just a one-page introduction, the author doesn’t speak much about the subject.
He does, however, offer many splendid recipes (sans photos as seems to be the MO for Sam Kuma). As is also the case with most of his other books, the Mediterranean Diet for Vegans features recipes with easy-to-find ingredients that come together in minutes.
Some of the recipes require a longer cooking time, so all the flavors meld, but most recipes involve minimal prep times.
I haven’t run every recipe through a nutrition calculator. And, none offer nutritional information, but most of the recipes (such as this Mediterranean Three Bean Soup recipe) seem to be low-calorie, high fiber, high protein, nutritious meals.
All-in-all, I feel this is a fitting addition to my recipe book library and am thankful to Sam Kuma for providing me a free copy to try.
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