Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Creamy Asparagus Soup Shooters

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Portion control is one of the biggest things I struggle with on a daily basis. The reason behind this is the fact I make too much food for just E and I. Growing up with 3 brothers, there never seemed to be enough food to go around (they all ate 3x the amount I did) and my mother was always preparing big roasts, pots of soup, 2 boxes of pasta. Since I learned how to cook from  her, I adapted how much she made, even though we are far from a family of 6.

Plus, I just love food.

So when something is REALLY good, like this amazing pizza I had in Italy, it’s hard for me to just say “okay, I’ve had my 2 slices, I’ll walk away.” Actually, it’s damn near impossible. As much as I love food, I hate being the weight I am right now more. I want to be happy and enjoy my food, and that my friends,  is done by portion control.

So yesterday, I made a creamy asparagus soup. And to keep myself from overeating it, I served them in shooter fashion.

Not only are they freakin’ adorable, each shooter is perfectly portioned with 1/2 cup serving.

I was inspired to make shooters by the butternut squash shooters I made back in November. Not only was the soup DELICIOUS, I found that I didn’t eat 6 servings when they were tiny like this. Instead, I had 2 shooters and I was done. Happily, I followed such constraint yesterday and was completely satisfied after 2 shooters.

And trust me when I say this, eating just one serving of this soup was hard. It was so creamy and flavorful, and on a night like last night (20 degrees F), it was warm and cozy too. I paired this soup with simple croutons made from toast. I didn’t add any butter or cheese since the soup was so creamy. The croutons added just the right amount of crunch and paired so well with the asparagus flavor.

I have got to find a way to serve all my meals in a shooter fashion. How cute would that be?

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.

Creamy Asparagus Soup Shooters

Serves: 6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 batch of asparagus, chopped
  • 3 cups of organic chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups of dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup light cream
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make it:

  1. In a pot or Dutch oven, heat butter over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until slightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add in asparagus and cook until asparagus is browned and a little soft, about 3 more minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Add broth, wine, salt and pepper and thyme. Cover and simmer until asparagus is VERY tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour mixture into a blender and add cream and cheese. Blend on low until mixture is smooth and velvety. Serve with croutons or enjoy alone!

Nutritional information per 1 cup: 160 calories, 6 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Tiffany on
    Thursday, January 5th, 2012
    These shooters are toooooo cute! :D
  2. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Thursday, January 5th, 2012
    I absolutely LOVE this idea!! Totally stealing it :)
  3. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Thursday, January 5th, 2012
    Pure genius! Like you, for me it's often a all-or-nothing type thing with food, so portion-controlled servings are wonderful. Plus you're right, these look adorable!
    I love the color on this soup , I never expect green because I grew up on white asparagus in Germany. Yum!
  4. Posted by Lauren on
    Thursday, January 5th, 2012
    this looks so pretty! Haha I could so go for this right now :)
  5. Posted by Ann Mc on
    Thursday, January 5th, 2012
    This looks terrific and your portions are wonderful!  Portion control and snacking are my two biggest struggles...I love eating - what can I say?
  6. Posted by Beth Michelle on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    These shooters look perfect!! Beautiful photos!
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Friday, January 6th, 2012
      Thank you!!!
  7. Posted by Ravienomnoms on
    Friday, January 6th, 2012
    That is so cute! What an awesome idea. I bet that soup is amazing...and I have the portion problem too. I think it is hard sometimes when all the portions are so large in the U.S. and especially when things taste so good
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Friday, January 6th, 2012
      I agree!!
  8. Posted by Kim Waters on
    Monday, January 9th, 2012
    Oh wow, this looks so comforting and wonderful I would surely need a whole bowl of it! I just recently found your blog and I am so happy I did! It is so nice to find good recipes that are still healthy. 
  9. Posted by Adele Forbes on
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    Oh man that looks so very wonderful and I will be making it soon. Thank you so very much for sharing!
  10. Posted by Julie on
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    First off, I think that portion control with a pizza like that would be impossible!  The soup looks awesome and I''m going to give it a try.  I love creamy soups when its cold outside! 
  11. Posted by Kristi Rimkus on
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012
    What a terrific idea for automatic portion control!
  12. Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Can anyone stop at two pieces of pizza?  Anyway, thank you for sharing this healthy, beautiful soup "shooter". An impressive starter for a special meal or a healthy snack for a workday break!
    I am definitely trying this. Thank you!