Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Broccoli Cheddar Soup :: 101 Real Food Recipes

My body aches all over.
I'm fighting a cold...I can feel it.  ICK.  I'm pumping my body full of vitamins right now, and thinking most any kind of soup sounds delicious...
We had a cool and rainy day here a couple days ago and this soup hit the spot!  Warm, creamy and delicious!  We served it with leftover chicken quesadillas loaded with spinach and kale.

From The Fresh 20 by Melissa Lanz
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 heads broccoli, stems and florets chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. Heat the oil in a 5-quart dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the broccoli, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the broth and bring the soup to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
  3. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, bring to a simmer and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, fold in the cheese.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beast Turkey Chili :: 101 Real Food Recipes

The leaves are changing color, fast! The days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler...Today is the first day of FALL!
This weather is beautiful, and I love being outside this time of year....poor kiddos have been sick all weekend though *sigh*.  I love that they are enjoying school so much, but I don't like that they will likely be bringing home more sickness. I do my best to keep them fueled with healthy foods and all of their vitamins each day though....
We had a relaxing weekend nonetheless...finished up a few little projects outside, found a decent sized wasp nest built in our chimney...you know...just every day stuff like that!  Dustin sprayed the nest down well, and we are still squashing them in the house....Most of them have died off already...but there are a few that are searching for their escape route through our living room, I think I've smooshed 8-10 so far today.  I'm just thankful that Dustin found it the way he did, and not while climbing up the ladder to clean the chimney!
We have a busy week ahead too....the kids have their regular 3 days of school, one of them being Grandparents day! So, Nanny and Bumpa will be joining them for an hour or so on Thursday so they can show them everything they've been learning, and give them a tour of their classroom..the kids are beyond excited for Thursday to come!  
The second half of the week, and next weekend will also be very busy with window installation!  We are replacing ALL of the windows in our house! It's going to make a huge difference, our windows leak quite a bit right now, so we are anxious to see how much nicer there will be this coming winter since it's forecasted to be so cold!
So, I don't know if you remembered....Today begins our new series, 101 Real Food Recipes!
Did you know that there are only 101 days left in 2014?  It's time to start now and finish the year out in a healthy and delicious way!
I started a new program called Body Beast a couple weeks ago, and I love it! Not only is the program great, but the nutrition guide has some delicious recipes in it as well, I've already made this 3 times...I think it's my new favorite chili recipe!

Makes 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
What you need:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey meat
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (15 oz.) can kidney or pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce (no sugar-added variety)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
What to do:
– Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
– Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.
– Add cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper; stir and cook for 1 minute.
– Stir in kidney beans and tomato sauce; bring to a boil.
– Reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 min. or until thickened.
– Serve warm sprinkled with parsley.
Tip from the trainer:  Store in individual containers and freeze for future meals.
Substitutions:  You can substitute diced chicken or turkey breast for turkey. Add garbanzo beans and organic corn for additional texture and flavor.
Comment below if you'd like the nutritional information, I'd be happy to send it to you!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


On September 22, I will be starting a new series here on the blog!
We will be working through the process of eliminating processed foods and sugars in our diets!
101 days! This will take us through the remainder of 2014, and even include holiday recipes for the upcoming celebrations!  Just because we will be cleaning up our diets does NOT mean it will be boring! We can still have sweet treats and DELICIOUS foods!
Over the course of the 101 days I will be sharing recipes and tips with you, and teaching you step by step HOW to choose REAL FOODS, and RID your diet of processed YUCK!

Join me!

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