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Roasted Tomato, Red Pepper, and Basil Soup

15 Aug

As most of you who have gardens know very well, it’s prime season for tomatoes… to the point where you have so many of them you have NO idea what to do with them all!

Pat & I belong to a CSA in Madison, and it’s our first year doing it so we didn’t quite know what to expect. Here’s what we’ve found: the pure quantity of veggies we get weekly is astounding, and we split a share with my sister and her husband… I can’t imagine what a full share looks like!!  I am absolutely loving all the fresh veggies and it’s just now started to catch up with us, so I think we’ve done well so far.

Right now, this means currently we have bags full of tomatoes, garlic, basil, and onions sitting on our counter. Continue reading

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Caprese Bites & Chicken Veggie Pasta

1 Jul

I love cooking for other people! I take any opportunity I get to make food for others, it’s my favorite way of showing love for friends & family! Every week, some friends and I try to get together and take turns making dinner for each other, and I love it. It’s also a good way to utilize some recipes that have been sitting around that I’ve been waiting to try. Turns out, these two recipes were perfect for a mid-summer dinner get together. Continue reading

Salad in the Sun

17 Jun

Edit: I’ve been informed we used to make this at Girl Scout Camp, under the name Salad in the Sun… maybe that’s why it tastes good, brings back good memories 🙂

Fruit- Nature’s candy! I have to take advantage of fruit while it’s in season.  Strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, pineapple, grapes…. My fridge is loaded.

Blueberries are so dang expensive- they JUST came down to $2.50 for a large carton. Before, they were $4 for a tiny little container.  I could eat 2-3 big cartons a week… Heck, I could eat one in a sitting, if I let myself. Most of the year, I can’t be spending that much on a handful blueberries!  So I mow them down while they’re cheap.

I gathered up some glorious fresh fruit and threw it all in a container, like my mom used to do for just about every summer dinner I can remember.  And then I searched Pinterest to get some inspiration.

Instant vanilla pudding mix? Sounds weird, but okay, I’ll try it.

Victory! I don’t know what it is about this, but I just can’t stop eating it. Soooo tasty, and very refreshing! Continue reading

Seafood Stuffed Portabellas

22 Apr

So, I’m in the (painful) process of moving… back to Madison! Finally! And it’s at a perfect time, too, because the outdoor Farmer’s Market started yesterday!! I’m so excited, it should be a city holiday, for gosh sake!

I already know there will be minimal cooking in our apartment this week. I have to prepare to get a little creative this week with food. We’re trying to clean out the fridge, freezer, and pantry as much as we can! To be honest, cooking is the last thing I want to be doing… and making more of a mess in my already disastrously messy apartment.

There are boxes, clothes, etc. laying all over everywhere. Shandy is none too happy about it- she has just been walking around whining at us, like, “What is going on, Mom?!” Continue reading

Make-Ahead Salad in a Jar

2 Apr

Since I took a step back and started looking a little more closely at the way I eat, I have tried some things that I definitely wouldn’t have even considered before… I ate salads every single day for lunch last week, I used spaghetti squash in place of pasta, and I made chocolate pudding out of mashed avocadoes (sounds odd but it tastes like brownie batter). Crazy!

It’s funny, because anyone who knows me pretty well knows that I don’t really do salads…. I LOVE salads, but I don’t digest leafy greens very well… too much information? Ha!

So, I found this idea for salads in jars on Pinterest (no surprise, with their crazy obsession with Mason jars); it’s really great to spend a little time on a Sunday and not have to worry about planning lunches all week! From what I heard, they can last up to 5 days if you pack them pretty tight. It’s an easy concept: you put the dressing on the bottom of a 1-quart mason jar, layer with veggies, and top with lettuce or spinach so it doesn’t get soggy. Pretty brilliant if you ask me! And you can make all sorts of varieties and flavors!

UPDATE 4/14/12: I made the salads on a Sunday, and they stayed PERFECT throughout the whole week- through Friday!

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Pseudo-Paleo: Cutting Down on Carbs

11 Mar

I love carbs. Ooohhh, do I ever.

I know I preach moderation of all types of foods, which I really truly do believe in, but I have been taking a step back and seeing myself becoming more and more reliant on carbs.  I have gotten into a habit of having them at every meal, every snack, because they make me feel good and give me energy. I keep thinking; nothing wrong with whole grains; isn’t that what we’re taught and what I encourage other people to follow? But the question is, do I really need to eat THAT MANY carbs in a day? What would happen if I kept my overall healthy diet, but greatly reduced the amount of carbs?

You may have heard of a diet called the Paleo diet, especially if you are an athlete, specifically Crossfit. It’s not so much a “fad” diet as it as a concept… and one that does make sense for the human body.  It’s a diet that mimics the way our ancestors used to eat, when they were hunter/gatherers. Continue reading

Super Bowl Snack Makeover

2 Feb

You’ve worked so hard the whole month of January to stick to eating healthier- don’t let Super Bowl Sunday ruin that! Shake it up a bit and bring healthier versions of some of the favorite party snacks!

I guarantee people will appreciate providing some healthier items to snack on that won’t leave them weighed down and feeling like they just ate a day’s worth of calories (which, by the way, is the average amount of calories a football fan eats at a Superbowl party… yikes!).

Regardless of who wins the game (and let’s face it- nobody really care who wins, since the Packers aren’t playing), you’ll score some points with your guests. Continue reading

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