How to get the chill out of the house

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  • The cooler temperatures have me thinking about soup.  One of my all-time favorites is French Onion Soup. 
  • This recipe has less than 300 calories and is perfect for a cold dreary fall day.
  • The smell of onions sautéing will make your kitchen warm and cozy.
  • A bowl has only 290 calories – not that I’m counting, but you may be.

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  • Low cal French Onion Soup
  • (Serves 8, I’m halving and will probably eat the whole thing before the day is over)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 4 cups thinly vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (I’m a Spenda gal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (I’m using cooking Sherry)
  • 8 cups less-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 (1-ounce) slices reduced-fat, reduced-sodium Swiss cheese (such as Alpine Lace – Kroger has a good light version as well)
  • Preparation
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sugar, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium-high, and sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown. Stir in wine, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and thyme; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 2 minutes or until toasted, turning after 1 minute.
  • Place 8 ovenproof bowls on a jelly-roll pan. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl. Divide bread evenly among bowls; top each serving with 1 cheese slice. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

Source: Cooking Light-JANUARY 2005

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