Weight Watchers Asian Zero Points Soup Recipe ♥

The 'Asian-inspired' version of Weight Watchers three new Zero Point soup recipes
Today's Weight Watchers recipe: One of three new zero-point soup recipes from Weight Watchers. Asian-inspired ingredients: bok choy, Chinese cabbage, fresh ginger, bean sprouts, snow peas. Weight Watchers 0 points.

When Weight Watchers UK introduced brand-new zero-point soup recipes, I couldn't wait to try all three. First I tested the 'Mexican-inspired' zero-point soup and now today, the Asian-inspired zero-point soup recipe. (What's left to try? The Italian-inspired soup!)

How do these two new soup recipes compare to Weight Watchers' original zero-points Garden Vegetable Soup?

All three are alike in these ways: all have (1) lots of low-calorie vegetables, (2) no-calorie broths and (3) lots of flavor. To my taste, the Garden Vegetable Soup and the Mexican-inspired soup are more substantial tasting than the Asian-inspired soup. But that's okay, for that makes the Asian soup an especially good choice for days -- after an indulgent weekend, say -- when we want our food to taste as light as it is.

The three Weight Watchers soups are unalike in these ways: vegetables really 'star' in the original Garden Vegetable Soup and the Mexican-inspired soup. Here, in the Asian-inspired version, the dominant flavor is fresh ginger, the vegetables themselves are mild. And the Asian-inspired version is better suited for eating immediately, since the bean sprouts and snow peas need cooking for just a couple of minutes.

WEIGHT WATCHERS ASIAN ZERO POINTS SOUP

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Hands-on time: 35 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Makes 10 cups

6 cups vegetable broth (I used 6 cups water and Better for Bouillon)

2 cups bok choy, chopped (use the leftover bok choy to make this great bok choy salad or check the other bok choy recipes)
2 cups Chinese/Napa cabbage, chopped (use the leftover Napa cabbage in this salad with Asian-inspired dressing)
1/4 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced and julienned
4 oyster mushrooms, sliced thin (I used shiitake mushrooms, next time I will use more mushrooms)
2 cups scallions / green onions (this is a lot of onion, almost two entire bunches, 14 individual onions)
8 ounce can of sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 red pepper, halved, cored, each half cut into three sections lengthwise, each section sliced thin cross-wise (nestle the three sections together to speed along the cutting)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (this is a lot, this soup has some heat, if you don't appreciate that, start with 1/8 teaspoon or even 1/16; the heat does moderate after being refrigerated for 24 hours)

2 cups snow peas (these are far cheaper from the frozen section and don't require stringing, if using fresh cut off the tips and then along the string-y side, that's the side opposite the peas)
1 cup fresh bean sprouts

2 tablespoons soy sauce (I used shozu, a fruity soy sauce, next time I'll use regular soy sauce for more substance)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

OPTIONAL BUT TIME-SAVING TIP Bring the vegetable broth (or water for bouillon) to a boil in an electric tea kettle or in the microwave while prepping the vegetables.

Collect all the vegetables except the snow peas and bean sprouts in a cold large pot or Dutch oven. When those vegetables are prepped, add the hot water, cover and bring to a boil on MEDIUM HIGH. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the bean sprouts and snow peas, cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and cilantro.


KITCHEN NOTES
The Mexican-inspired soup made me me realize that A Veggie Venture's many one-point soup recipes can easily be converted to zero-point recipes, just by substituting a splash of broth for olive oil when sautéing the onion up front. These recipes might be good alternatives for Weight Watchers followers not excited about chopping vegetables for forty minutes.
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10 comments:

It sounds really tasty and full of vitamins! I buy those big bags of sugar snap peas at Costco which sound like a good substitute for the snow peas.

This does look like a nice, light soup -- the perfect antidote for a weekend of indulgent eating!

This looks really tasty. I'm not that excited about all the cabbage, but Asian cabbage seems a little less.... fragrant than European varieties. I'll have to try it sometime soon!

This is a wonderfully flavorful soup because of the ginger. I forgot to buy snow peas (even though it was on my list) and it was fine without them, but would be even better with them. Definitely will make this again and again. Lots of working prepping veggies, but worth it. Thanks!

Thank you so much for the recipes! As an aside, miso paste is free (no points) for one tsp. I'm going to try mine with the miso for an added richness and even more Asian flavor!

Not a fan of this - I got very little of the ginger flavor. Instead, it was bitter from the greens. Plus, the greens were mushy wads, like eating wet paper towels. I might try again, eliminating the greens and using a regular onion, green beans and zucchini. I didn't use bean sprouts - I didn't pay attention at the store and the package I got was full of slimy, half-rotted sprouts. So, if you make this, inspect your sprouts carefully.

This soup was so delicious for being so healthy!!! I loved the crunch of the water chestnuts and I thought the ginger came through nicely! Thanks for this awesome low-cal soup!

Can you substitute miso paste for the vegetable broth?

Hi Anonymous ~ I never have, but would love to know. It would change the calorie count and thus WW points substantially.

This is an amazingly delicious soup! I absolutely love it. To me it's the best of the zero point soups. Subtle flavors melding...YUM! It's a keeper! Thank you so much for this

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