Saturday, I went to Target and at the register they had an end cap with Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles.
Surely one of God’s Gifts to the world of cuisine, and certainly a fabulous addition to a low-carb diet, having only 4 grams carbs per 1/2 cup serving. So I snatched up a couple cans. Next to that were big logs of Velveeta cheese – er cheese food. Now, I have not purchased this product in more than 40 years, and I can’t tell you why I did, because I am way too much of a food snob to eat it, I can’t be chowing down on dips and chips, so what was I thinking?
Came home, taking the Velveeta out of the plain brown wrapper, I read the label and discovered that a one-ounce piece (what we recommend for a cheese serving) has only 3 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams of fat and 370 mg. sodium. Not bad actually. So I mixed an ounce with 1/2 cup Rotel and zapped it for a minute. Hmm. Looked quite cream-soupy. Added some fiber-rich shiritaki noodles* and a cup of fresh baby spinach** and nuked it again. Stirred.
Do not tell anybody you are eating this for your low carb lunch. It’s fantastic. You get a cream soup with a jolt of fresh spinach, tomatoes, peppers and noodles. Totally satisfying, and kept me feeling full and content for hours, with only 8 grams of carb, 6 grams of fat, and a healthy hit of vitamins A, C, calcium, and iron. Each serving only yields 100 calories. See below for more information on that all-important spinach and a tip about those shiritaki noodles.
I figure the gods will forgive me for using Velveeta when they see the phyto-nutrient dense spinach, tomatoes, and peppers. And those fiber-rich Shiritaki noodles? Surely I get a pass for these ingredients.
Well, to hell with orthodoxy. This is a delicious soup and I’d eat it diet or not. It’s ready in 3 minutes. It’s flavorful, and I liked it. So there.
Velveeta Soup with Rotel Tomatoes, Spinach, and Shiritaki Noodles
1 ounce Velveeta cheese food
1/2 cup Rotel original diced tomatoes and green chilies
1/2 cup shiritaki noodles
1 cup fresh spinach
Combine in a soup bowl the velveeta and Rotel tomatoes. Nuke in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir to mix then add noodles and spinach. Cover and nuke 1 minute. Stir. Eat it for lunch. Now don’t tell anybody about this. It can be our diet secret.