Me and soup are friends. Me and creamy soups are really good friends. BUT. I care immensely about health and having arteries that are soft and pliable and adept at keeping me alive, so cream-based soups were, for a long time, off the menu. Until a couple of years ago, when I discovered the great secret of health-conscious cooks who still want a silky, creamy soup in their bowl. A mind-blowingly simple substitution that I would like to share with you because it's Works for Me Wednesday over at We Are THAT Family. Are you ready for this? I mean, really, are you ready?
I know, why didn't I think of that? Now, make sure it's evaporated and not sweetened condensed because they are NOT interchangeable. Also, using the lowest-fat evaporated milk is good, but any you can find will be better than heavy cream. Did you know that ONE fluid cup of heavy cream has 821 calories and 88 grams of fat?!?! And think about how much heavy cream is called for in your favorite cream soup recipe. Yikes. If you use just plain old evaporated milk, not the low-fat version, you'll cut the fat by more than half. Use a low-fat version and your arteries will sing your praises. And your soup will still be creamy and dreamy. Cross my heart.