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Healthy Beef and Onion Soup Recipe (Flat Belly Diet Approved)

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It's sometimes tough to find easy, quick recipes that are healthy too. Here is a quick beef soup that will help you keep a healthy weight.

It's sometimes tough to find easy, quick recipes that are healthy too. Here is a quick beef soup that will help you keep a healthy weight.

Although this isn't necessarily a quick recipe, it is an easy recipe, and quite good for damp days. However, it's sweet and light enough to eat on warmer days as well. I personally pair this soup with a healthy grilled cheese. (Whole grain bread+real cheese (I prefer provolone)+olive oil)

If you're a regular cook, this is not an expensive recipe either, because you probably have the majority of the ingredients in your cabinet.

Extra benefit, this recipe is Flat Belly Diet approved so long as you use safflower, olive, or grape-seed oil to do the cooking with. Pair it with some whole wheat bread to bring the calories up to 400, and you have a meal.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 35 min

4 servings of one bowl of soup

This healthy Flat Belly Diet soup recipe uses only small parts of most ingredients, leaving plenty of leftover balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic for salad dressing.

This healthy Flat Belly Diet soup recipe uses only small parts of most ingredients, leaving plenty of leftover balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic for salad dressing.

Tip

If you don't normally use balsamic vinegar, then after you make this recipe use what balsamic vinegar is left to make your own homemade salad dressing. It's cheaper, healthier, and preservative free. It also lasts for quite some time.

Cook the tenderloin a few minutes on each side until medium-rare.

Cook the tenderloin a few minutes on each side until medium-rare.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons oil (olive, safflower, or grape-seed)

8 oz beef tenderloin

3 large onions, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons sugar

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

4 cups beef broth (homemade, or reduced sodium)

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (Put day old bread in a food processor to make your own)

Chives (for garnish)

Instructions

1. Starting with a large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Cook the beef for about 2-3 minutes per side until medium rare. Even if you normally refuse to eat meat with any red or pink, it's important that the meat is slightly under-cooked at this point. As soon as it is added to the hot soup right before being served, it will continue to cook normally ending as either medium or medium well. Once the meat is finished cooking, transfer it to a cutting surface. Allow the meat to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing into thin slices across the grain.

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2. After reducing the heat to medium add the remaining oil to the oil and meat juices already in the pot. Add the onions. If your onions are sweet then leave out the sugar, but if they're not or if you prefer a sweeter broth add the sugar now. I personally prefer the soup without the sugar. The onions need to cook for roughly 25 minutes, or until the onions are slightly caramelized, golden and soft.

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3. After the onions are fully cooked, clear a small spot on the bottom of the pot and add the garlic. Let it cook there for a few seconds before stirring it thoroughly and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Increasing the heat, add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Cook for roughly a minute, or until the vinegar has almost completely evaporated.

5. Adding the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.

6. Stir in the breadcrumbs and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened. (Try experimenting without the breadcrumbs if you prefer a thinner broth.)

7. Add the beef, garnish with chives, and serve.

Yummy, healthy soup.

Yummy, healthy soup.

Can I Lose Weight Fast Eating this?

Well, maybe.

A bowl of this soup sits at 310 calories. If you're following the flat belly diet, that leaves you with just enough calories for a hearty slice of bread. If you ate only this soup four times a day, then you should lose weight, but I don't recommend that.


Comments

Haley (author) from Baltimore, MD on February 08, 2013:

@CarNoobz well, I can recommend it. It's not one of my weekly recipes, but it's a nice change when I get on a health kick.

CarNoobz from USA on February 08, 2013:

Well, I'm pretty much down for anything that has beef and onions in it...and Worcestershire =)

Haley (author) from Baltimore, MD on February 08, 2013:

Not a problem. Let me know how it goes if you try it.

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on February 07, 2013:

Yum!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.