We made it though! My hubb was great, he probably could have gone a lot further. I was a very satisfied level of tired at the end....not feeling good enough for another mile but not completely dead either. I'm so pleased!!! :)
I have some eats to tell you about, along with some recipes to share as promised. I hope you can hang in there for one more long post from me...
Breakfast: 3/4 cup Stoneyfield fat free french vanilla yogurt with one sliced banana and 1/4 cup of TJ's Spiced Pumpkin Granola.
Now I know what you've all been raving about! The granola is AWESOME! :)
Lunch: I pulled some black bean soup out of the freezer and added a dollop of sour cream to it along with an 8" sprouted wheat tortilla.
My office desk doesn't make nearly as nice of a background as my dining table at home...
Snack: I ate about 3 bites of this gala apple before tossing it because it was COMPLETELY devoid of flavor. We finally finished all 13 pounds of hand-picked pink ladies...sigh. :(
So instead I ate the other 1/2 of the Clif Builder's Bar I snacked on the other night.
Dinner: Butternut Squash and Kale soup, modified from Kath's original recipe, along with a piece of my homemade whole wheat bread. My soup had
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 32oz box of creamy carrot soup
- 1 cup of diced ham
- 1 15oz can of white kidney beans
- 6 cups of fresh chopped kale
- salt + pepper to taste
The soup was really good, but a little thick for our tastes. I actually had a different soup plan for the butternut squash, but when I realized that I had kale wilting in my fridge it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out Kath's recipe. I do think I'll try my original plan next week...the hubb and I discussed it tonight and I think its going to be good!
Recipe Recap: As promised, here are the recipes for the amazing dinners my Hubb made Sunday and Monday nights. They are both pretty simple, but full of so much home-cooked comfort food yumminess...!
Chicken Vegetable Soup with Homemade Veggie Broth
- one gallon-size ziplock of frozen veggie parts*
- 2 frozen cheese rinds**
- 8 cups commercial veggie broth ONLY if you don't want to make your own
- 2/3 pound of ground chicken, cooked and crumbled
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 4 medium russet potatoes, diced
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen lima beans
- 1 cup frozen okra
- 2 15oz cans of diced tomatoes
- salt + pepper to taste
* We put all raw veggie "waste" into a gallon-size ziplock bag we keep in the freezer. "Waste" includes the ends of onions, asparagus, carrots, green beans, etc., basically anything that won't break down quiclkly (don't throw potato, squash, mushrooms etc. in there...you need to be able to strain everything out after simmering for awhile)
* We keep the rinds of any hard cheese we use in a small ziplock in the freezer to use for soups etc. Parmesan, parano and gouda are our most common.
Steps (starting with veggie broth):
- Put all frozen veggie parts and 2 cheese rinds into large saucepan or stock pot. Fill pot with water until veggies are covered.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer uncovered for one hour. If you simmer longer you will have more intense flavor, less time will yield a milder taste.
- Strain liquid through a fine colander or china cap (pictured below), collecting the broth in a bowl.
- Put your broth back in the soup pot, add the tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots and potatoes and bring all to a boil. Lower heat and simmer uncovered until the potatoes are starting to soften.
- Once the potatoes are slightly soft, but still about 10 minutes from being soft enough to bite easily, add the frozen veggies and the chicken.
- When the potatoes are soft and the frozen veggies are heated through you soup is ready!
I LOVE my hubb's homemade soups....they are so incredible. We typically make the version above completely veggie and add in some barley or israeli cous-cous, but we had leftover ground chicken after making the potstickers a few nights before so decided to throw it in. That's the beautiful thing about these soups...anything and everything can go in! And I also love that the homemade broths provide a way for us to use our veggie waste when the compost bin is out of commission during the winter.
Monday night's dinner was another favorite of ours...QUICHE! We always try to keep a frozen pie crust in the freezer so that if we have veggies that need to be used up we can throw together a quiche. Its a quick, easy, nutritious dinner (as long as you are smart about the crust...!) and so good on a cold night. I like to add in more egg whites and reduce some of the yolks, but we had exactly 5 eggs so had to use them completely (don't worry, egg yolks never go to waste around here...our dogs love them!)
Ham + Veggie Quiche
- one frozen whole wheat pie crust
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 pound cooked ham, chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 5 eggs
- Pull pie crust from freezer and allow to thaw for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 400*.
- Poke holes in the bottom of the crust, cover with foil, add pie weights (or dry beans) and bake for 10 minutes.
- Whisk eggs and add salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Put fillings into crust. Pour egg on top. Add more egg if needed, the crust should be about 2/3's full.
- Bake @ 400* for 60 minutes on the BOTTOM rack of oven.
Whew! Another long post complete. Thanks again for hanging in there...I hope to get some feedback on these recipes as you all try them! I'm off to bed...