Somewhere south of Sedona but north of Phoenix there was a rest area called Sunset Point. Family members will find the irony of our yearly destination to Sunset Point in the Adirondacks. It was hot, but we found some shade, and really it was an amazing view.
For lunch, we had cold carrot and coriander soup, some fresh cherries, and yes I may have sneaked in a hot dog roll peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I am in America afterall!
For the soup, it was my usual base of onion and garlic and chicken stock. Then I added a bag of normal carrots, peeled and chopped. I added a bit of orange juice as I blended this, and then added chopped coriander (cilantro) at the end. We ate it hot on Sunday night and had these leftovers cold on Monday.
Most disappointing as I was working out the weight watchers points with WW-nazi Susan, was the learning that onions are 1 point per cup. How odd that green beans are zero points with their substantial bulk, and onion, which I thought had no nutritional value, have 1 point. This, I decided, needed some researching.
It appears that 160 grams of onion (about a cup chopped) is 60 or so calories. This is 5% of daily allowance of carbohydrate and basically all sugar. However the onion is delivering 20% of your USRDA of Vitamin C – move over orange, there’s a new kid in town. Can you imagine what the vitamin C content of carrot, orange and onion soup is then? Onions also give us B6, manganese, folate, potassium and fiber. Really we should be sneaking onions in everywhere we can. If only the fried up, beer battered rings were just a bit better for you…
Weightwatchers points for lunch: 9 as follows – 2 for the soup, 1 for the cherries and 6 for the hot dog roll peanut butter and apricot jelly ‘sandwich’.