Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥

18 Soup and Stew Recipes to Warm You Up for 3 SmartPoints or Less

Looking for easy delicious low calorie soup recipes you can make in your crockpot? You’ve come to the right place. I’m a lifetime Weight Watcher with a passion for slow cooking, as well as making and eating soup.

Soup has a lot of wonderful qualities going for it. You can easily feed a lot of people from one big pot. It’s simple to make in big batches so you can have easy ready-to-heat leftovers for quick lunches and suppers. And it’s naturally nourishing, especially when you make it yourself and control what goes into it. And there’s no better kitchen tool for making soup than the slow cooker. You can set it and forget it until dinnertime.

Including more soups in our diet has been one of my tricks for easy healthy weight loss. They’re an easy delicious way to increase your intake of vegetables, filling you up with fewer calories. And with leftover low calorie soup in the fridge, you’ve got a low PointsPlus value solution ready and waiting whenever hunger strikes.

This ever-growing collection of Weight Watchers slow cooker soup recipes will help you stay on track with your weight loss goals. You’ll find low fat creamy soups, chunky soups, broth-based soups, vegetable soups, taco soup, stews, chilis and more. Many of them are Simply Filling too. Most include nutritional information, calories, and Weight Watchers Smart Points and/or Points Plus. Enjoy!

Soups and stews not only help make you feel full because of their blend of hearty ingredients, including proteins and carbs, but also because the act of eating them is more deliberate — it naturally slows you down and helps you be more mindful. Sip on these and savor the flavors!

My Own Variations

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥

Weight Watchers

Garden Vegetable

Zero Points Soup (the original, recipe below)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥Weight Watchers Mexican Zero Points Soup

(it’s got zing!)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥Weight Watchers Asian Zero Points Soup

(it

feels

light too!)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥Weight Watchers Italian Zero Points Soup

(it’s milder!)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥Weight Watchers Fresh Vegetable Soup

(best made a day ahead!)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥How to Make Homemade Vegetable Soup

(a master recipe, my never-the-same vegetable soup from Kitchen Parade, my food column)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥Low-Fat Vegetable Soup

(a huge batch, from Kitchen Parade)

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥How to Convert One-Point Soup Recipes to Zero-Point Soup Recipes

(an easy technique to convert your own recipes)

So many readers make «their own» version of this soup. They’re in the comments below, such good ideas, thank you! (I’ll summarize for you here, because, really, who has time to wade through blog comments?

) I’d love to know how you make the WW Garden Vegetable Soup, what you add or change to make this soup fit your taste and kitchen? Comments welcome! Help me build out this list of improvements and adaptations!

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ More zero-point vegetables: summer squash, asparagus or mushrooms, even butternut squash
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Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 1 1/4 hour
Makes 9 cups

6 cups broth

Cooking spray
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/2 cabbage, chopped
1/2 pound frozen green beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste

1 large zucchini, diced

Bring the broth to a boil in the microwave. (This is a time-saving tip that can be skipped if there’s no hurry.)

Spray a Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and bring to a boil.

ALANNA’S TIPS {amp}amp; KITCHEN NOTES
BROTH Canned broth or bouillon granules work fine but are quite salty.

For more freshness, consider using Homemade Vegetable Bouillon or Light Vegetable Stock or for meat eaters, No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock. With the far-less-salty homemade stock, you’ll likely want to be liberal when adding salt.

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ GARLIC Use garlic from a jar or substitute about four cloves minced garlic.

Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ CABBAGE Fresh cabbage is best but you can use a bag of pre-cut slaw, just look for the biggest chunks you can find versus the fine angel-hair slaw.

Don’t skip the cabbage, somehow it makes the soup.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ UNDERCOOK?

Weight Watchers Vegetable Soup Recipe

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Nobody likes dieting, because you have to restrict the foods you eat, consume potentially unappetizing meals and eliminate the foods you enjoy. That’s why Weight Watchers is such a popular diet plan – it allows you to eat the foods you love in smaller quantities and encourages you to eat healthy foods prepared in tasty ways.

Weight Watchers works by assigning points – called SmartPoints – to different types of foods. Healthy, low-fat foods like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins have few to no points. Unhealthy, calorie-rich foods have more points.

Based on factors like your weight, height, age, gender and activity level, you are allotted a daily number of points, typically around 25 to 30. Exercise helps you earn extra points each day, so you get additional points per week to use on foods you love.

This recipe is fabulous because it contains zero points – so you can eat as much of it as you want. That’s because it’s made with vegetables, but it’s such a flavorful dish you won’t realize that it’s not a treat.

Total Time: 45 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped  
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 box (10-ounce) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ribbons

Directions:

  1. Chop the onions, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Put the vegetables aside in a large bowl. Mince the garlic and set it aside in a small bowl.
  2. In a large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, saute the minced garlic for a few minutes. Add in 1/2 cup of the low-sodium chicken broth and the onion. Cook the onion until translucent, about 10 minutes.  
  3. In a large 6-quart soup pot over medium-high heat, add the cooked onion and garlic along with the broth. Pour in the remainder of the broth along with the chopped carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and frozen spinach.
  4. Stir in the dried basil, dried oregano, parsley, kosher salt and pepper.
  5. Mix in the can of diced tomatoes.
  6. Turn the heat up to high. Cover the pot, and bring it to a boil.
  7. Cut your zucchini into ribbons that resemble pasta, or use a spiral vegetable slicer to cut them into spaghetti-like noodles. Add the zucchini to the pot once it begins boiling.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until all of the vegetables are soft.

Tip

  • You can also make this soup in the slow cooker. After cooking the garlic and onions, simply add all of your ingredients to the slow cooker rather cooking them on the stove. Set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours or to high for 3 hours. During the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking, add the zucchini «noodles» to the pot so they won’t be mushy before serving.
  • If you’re short on prep time, simply use frozen vegetables instead of fresh, substituting an equal amount of them for anything you replace.
  • For a bit of a kick, add a teaspoon of hot sauce or red pepper flakes.
  • Note that if you add starchy vegetables like potatoes or protein like chicken, you will add points to this recipe.

More Weight Watchers Resources

How to Eat More Vegetables

(for everyone, not just Weight Watchers)

Vegetable Recipes for Weight Watchers

(vegetable recipes, zero, one and two point recipes only)

Weight Watchers Points for Vegetables

(with links to recipes)

How Many Carbs in Vegetables?

(for help choosing low-carb vegetables)

from A Veggie Venture

Kitchen Parade recipes (all courses, organized by WW points)
How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers (tips from Alanna {amp}amp; readers)
Why I Switched from Weight Watchers to Medifast (a story of choice, hope {amp}amp;

compromise)
101 Diet {amp}amp; Weight Loss Lessons from My Dog (she’s one smart dog, slim {amp}amp; trim too)
Quick ‘n’ Easy Raw Salad («healthy habits» tips from Alanna {amp}amp;

readers)
Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus Power Foods (the most healthful ingredients for Weight Watchers)
One-Point Fruit Servings for Weight Watchers (for those still following Old Points)
from Kitchen Parade

One Pot for Soup, For Life

In my kitchen, three pots and pans get used nearly every day. A skillet. A saucepan. A Dutch oven. For soup, let’s talk Dutch ovens. A Dutch oven is a large, sturdy pot so suited for soups, stews, chilis, even large roasts.

The high-end versions are super pricey but with care, one pot will last a lifetime. And good news, especially on either side of Christmas, TJMaxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods often have a few pots for sale. Plus, the classic pots are so popular, other companies now produce more affordable pots.

For beauty, there’s nothing classier than an enameled cast iron Dutch oven from Le Creuset, that’s the one in my photo at the top of this page. That red color is so pretty, even when I’m not cooking, I love to leave the pot on the stove for inspiration! What color would hang out in your kitchen? So many choices!

Tip

  • You can also make this soup in the slow cooker. After cooking the garlic and onions, simply add all of your ingredients to the slow cooker rather cooking them on the stove. Set the slow cooker to low for 6 hours or to high for 3 hours. During the last 15 to 20 minutes of cooking, add the zucchini «noodles» to the pot so they won’t be mushy before serving.
  • If you’re short on prep time, simply use frozen vegetables instead of fresh, substituting an equal amount of them for anything you replace.
  • For a bit of a kick, add a teaspoon of hot sauce or red pepper flakes.
  • Note that if you add starchy vegetables like potatoes or protein like chicken, you will add points to this recipe.

Compliments!

«… a tremendous hit! «
~ SusanV
«… very tasty!»
~ ElectricVegan
«… even my husband loved it! «
~ Anonymous
«… with the rest of the tomato paste, pepper and about a 1/2 cup of salsa, YUM!»
~ Anonymous
«… took this recipe to a girls weekend at the lake and they loved it.»
~ Anonymous
«… loved it so much, I had it for lunch and dinner.»
~ GramaMolly
«… made the house smell delicious «
~ Michelle
«… this is a great recipe and well worth a try!!»
~ Anonymous

WEIGHT WATCHERS ZERO POINTS GARDEN VEGETABLE SOUP RECIPE

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 1 1/4 hour
Makes 9 cups

6 cups broth

Cooking spray
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/2 cabbage, chopped
1/2 pound frozen green beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste

1 large zucchini, diced

Bring the broth to a boil in the microwave. (This is a time-saving tip that can be skipped if there’s no hurry.)

Spray a Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat on MEDIUM HIGH. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to MEDIUM and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add the zucchini and cook until the zucchini are tender. Serve and enjoy!

ALANNA’S TIPS {amp}amp; KITCHEN NOTES
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ BROTH Canned broth or bouillon granules work fine but are quite salty. For more freshness, consider using Homemade Vegetable Bouillon or Light Vegetable Stock or for meat eaters, No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock. With the far-less-salty homemade stock, you’ll likely want to be liberal when adding salt.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ BROTH Canned broth or bouillon granules work fine but are quite salty. For more freshness, consider using Homemade Vegetable Bouillon or Light Vegetable Stock or for meat eaters, No-Big-Deal Homemade Chicken Stock. With the far-less-salty homemade stock, you’ll likely want to be liberal when adding salt.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥
GARLIC Use garlic from a jar or substitute about four cloves minced garlic.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ CABBAGE Fresh cabbage is best but you can use a bag of pre-cut slaw, just look for the biggest chunks you can find versus the fine angel-hair slaw. Don’t skip the cabbage, somehow it makes the soup.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥ CABBAGE Fresh cabbage is best but you can use a bag of pre-cut slaw, just look for the biggest chunks you can find versus the fine angel-hair slaw. Don’t skip the cabbage, somehow it makes the soup.
Day 285: Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup ♥
UNDERCOOK? If you’re making this soup ahead of time on the weekend, say, to to reheat during the week, consider undercooking the cabbage, green beans and zucchini.

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