Skinny Taco Soup

I won’t go as far as to say that I’m making a goal to lose weight in 2013, but there are some baby pounds I may or may not being striving to get rid of. Ideally I’ll do this through some kid-friendly exercise (swift walks with the stroller and family yoga, anyone?) and a boost in some healthy menu planning.

First on the menu … Skinny Taco Soup. A yummy blend of healthy, low cal ingredients that will help us all shed a few pounds in January.

I pulled this delish recipe from the archives of my cookbook this week in preparation for the soon-to-be-slender me. It’s from one of my dearest friends whom I consider my resident health nut. Consider it a bonus that it’s made in a blender … does it get any easier than that? I think not.

Skinny Taco Soup



  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 thin slice of onion
  • 2 carrots (or a handful of baby carrots)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 packet of taco seasoning
  • Various other veggies: peppers, squash, cabbage, etc.


  • Wash, peel, dice, and prep each veggie
  • Add everything to a blender (I have an antique Vitamix and can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore it!) and puree with 3 cups of boiling water
  • Pour into bowls and enjoy plain or portion out a few goodies (corn, cheese, olives, chips, or sour cream) to fancy it up

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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