First off, we’ve had lots and lots of questions about Weight Watchers points after Monday’s post. Like we said in that post, the points have been calculated using their new system. These are the new points. I promise. :)

I actually lost a whole bunch of weight using Weight Watchers right after my husband and I got married. As the baby weight (I can still call it baby weight even though she’s 3 1/2, right??)/food blog/turning thirty pounds started to creep up, and after realizing that it’s just the best fit for me, I joined Weight Watchers again the day after Christmas. So these are definitely the new points.

When I used Weight Watchers before, this soup was my salvation, for a lot of reasons. First, we were broker-than-broke newlyweds, and a pot of this fed the two of us for several days. Also, it’s high in protein and fiber and low in fat and calories, plus you can add a few crushed chips, some shredded cheese, and a little light sour cream and it still doesn’t derail your healthy eating (unlike those Reese’s Peanut Butter Minis, but let’s not talk about them.)

My favorite topping is a big spoonful or two of Pico de Gallo. It adds a lot of fresh flavor with almost no extra calories.

You start out with a pound of extra-lean ground beef

and a lot of stuff from your food storage: canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, taco seasoning, and kidney beans. Oh, and a fresh onion and some fresh garlic. See, I told you we were broke college students when we made this all the time!
Heat a large non-stick pot over medium heat. When ready, brown the ground beef, chopped onion, and minced garlic. Add the taco seasoning and 1 cup of water.

Drain and rinse your kidney beans. Just in case (and I totally am not speaking from any kind of firsthand experience here), the easiest way to do this is to drain and rinse the beans in a colander. Don’t try to drain the liquid from the can and then rinse the beans out while they’re still in the can. It’ll end badly.

Empty the remaining cans into the soup pot and add another 2 c. water. Simmer covered for at least 15 minutes. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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