January 18, 2018

Healthy Comfort Food: How to Make Skinny Tomato Soup

This skinny tomato soup with spicy bacon grilled cheese is the perfect quicky and easy healthy comfort food! Great for lunch or dinner, this light meal for 2 easily doubles or triples to feed a family of 4 or more. #healthyfood #skinnyfood

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This quick and easy skinny tomato soup recipe uses spinach, fire-roasted tomatoes, and turkey bacon to deliver a filling, chunky, healthy meal for 2.  Pair it with the bonus recipe for spicy bacon grilled cheese sandwiches for the ultimate healthy comfort food meal.

Their eyes lock as the candlelight dances across her face.  “She’s never looked so beautiful,” he thinks to himself, as his fork stops in midair.  Stricken by her loveliness, his words, his thoughts are all lost.  He can do nothing but gaze at the love of his life, sitting across the table.

You watch from afar, jealous, despondent.  You’re steaming.  How could they do this to you?

It’s not their love that you covet.  No, it’s much more visceral than that.

It’s their food.

Your Valentine’s dinner reservation was 2 hours ago.  You’ve been waiting since.  Your stomach releases pang after pang of hunger, crying out for nourishment.

And you’re still not seated because these 2 idiots won’t stop staring at each other and finish their freaking meal.

Skinny Tomato Soup:  A Special (and Healthy) Meal at Home

Sound familiar?  It’s nice to go out to dinner on Valentine’s day.  Heck, it’s pretty cliché at this point.  But in my opinion, it’s even better to eat in.  After all, there’s nothing more romantic than enjoying a delicious meal while saving time, money, and calories.  …Okay, there probably IS something more romantic.  Anyway…

My skinny tomato soup might be just what the love doctor ordered.  It’s quick, easy to make, low on calories, and big on flavor.  It’s reminiscent of fancy, $12-a-bowl restaurant tomato soup.  As a result, it’s apropos for a Valentine’s day meal.

If I’m being honest, it’s actually great for any day of the year!  If you’re craving healthy comfort food, my chunky, skinny tomato soup fits the bill.  I’ve also included a bonus recipe for a simple, flavorful grilled cheese, because you just might want to add some sinfulness to your skinny meal.

Looking for a light dessert to round out your meal?  Maybe my lighter version of blueberries and zabaglione will hit the spot!

Skinny Tomato Soup Ingredients

Note:  This recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a family of 4 or more.

How to Make Skinny Tomato Soup

Step 1.  In a saucepan, combine tomato soup, chicken broth, roasted tomatoes (Including juice), rosemary, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.  Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 2.  In a skillet, heat olive oil.  Add turkey bacon.  Cook over medium heat until firm.  Turkey bacon doesn’t crisp up super well, so firm and cooked is what we’re going for.

Step 3.  Cut cooked turkey bacon width-wise into 1/2-inch strips.  Add to saucepan.  Stir.

Step 4.  Add spinach.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach is cooked.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

See?  It really is that simple!

This skinny tomato soup with spicy bacon grilled cheese is the perfect quicky and easy healthy comfort food! Great for lunch or dinner, this light meal for 2 easily doubles or triples to feed a family of 4 or more. #healthyfood #skinnyfood

Bonus Recipe:  Spicy Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

My chunky, skinny tomato soup is so lean, you can afford a little grilled cheese action on the side!

Don’t worry, it’s not going to totally wreck your diet.  It’s only slightly sinful.  The recipe uses turkey bacon and cheese made with 2% milk.  As a result, they help reduce the calories and fat in the sandwich.  In the meantime, full-fat sriracha mayo is working hard to up the sinful goodness.

Paired together, the skinny tomato soup and spicy bacon grilled cheese sandwiches are a match made in heaven.  (Cheesy, I know.  Sorry.)

Spicy Grilled Cheese Ingredients

How to Make Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Step 1.  In a skillet, heat olive oil.  Add turkey bacon.  Cook over medium heat until firm.

Step 2.  Spread a thin layer of sriracha mayo on both sides of each slice of bread.  Not a fan of spicy foods?  Add my avocado white balsamic spread to the inside of each sandwich instead, and grill the sandwiches in an extra tablespoon of olive oil at step 4.

Step 3.  Build sandwiches using 2 slices of bread (Captain obvious, right?), 2 slices of bacon, and 1 slice of cheese per sandwich.

Step 4.  Grill sandwiches on both sides in skillet until cheese is melted and outside of bread is crisp.

Skinny Tomato Soup:  Conclusion

Healthy, filling meals don’t have to require a lot of time, ingredients, or prep work.  My chunky, skinny tomato soup with spinach and bacon is healthy comfort food at its finest.  The spicy bacon grilled cheese sandwich is delicious dipped in the skinny tomato soup.  With cheese and bacon abound, this guilt-free dinner feels downright decadent.  But it’ll leave you, and your scale, with a smile.

Maybe Valentine’s day isn’t your thing.  No worries!  Check out my surprisingly healthy Super Bowl menu for some light and flavorful appetizers, entrees, and desserts to share with friends!

This skinny tomato soup with spicy bacon grilled cheese is the perfect quick and easy healthy comfort food!  Great for lunch or dinner, this light meal for 2 easily doubles or triples to feed a family of 4 or more. #healthyfood #skinnyfood

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