All About the Veggies

In 6 days I will be embarking on my Ultimate Reset journey.  This 21 day program is designed to reset your body to it’s “factory settings” (so to speak).  There’s a complete guidebook on how this is to be done.  Essentially you end up eating a vegan diet (which is totally fine with me since I could care less about meat!)

After the 21 days, it’s recommended to ease back into regular eating habits…so…in light of that…I thought I’d share some delicious 21 Day Fix Approved vegetarian recipes!

EGGPLANT ROLL-UPS

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Ingredients
  • 1 medium eggplant, cut into ¼ inch oblong pieces from end to end.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced, or 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1 cup of organic spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 4 tbs of goat cheese to sprinkle on top
  • 2 tbs oil
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place middle rack in the oven.
  2. Take eggplant pieces and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Salt the eggplant and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes and baste with oil.
  4. Take the chopped onion, minced garlic and olive oil and place into a skillet to saute until both the garlic and onion become translucent and soft, do this while the eggplant is roasting.
  5. In another small mixing bowl add in the cottage cheese, chopped spinach, basil, oregano, parsley, sauteed garlic and onion to mix thoroughly.
  6. Take a ½ cup of marinara sauce and using a spoon spread evenly on the bottom of the 2 qt glass Pyrex casserole dish.
  7. Pat your eggplant strips dry and place 2 tablespoons full of the cottage cheese mixture into the top of the eggplant and roll up. Place the eggplant roll up into the dish with the seam facing down.
  8. Repeat this process until you have no more eggplant and cottage cheese.
  9. Take 2.5 cups left of the marinara sauce and spread over the top of the eggplant roll ups.
  10. Sprinkle the 4 tablespoons of goat cheese over the top of the roll ups and place in the oven.
  11. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. serving = 1 eggplant medium sized eggplant rollup (some are smaller due to the end of the eggplant so the largest size you make I consider 1 serving)
  13. The 21 Day Fix containers = 1 green container, ½ red container, ½ blue container, ½ purple and 2 tsps

Source: http://www.inspiredhousewife.com/eggplant-roll-ups/

CHEESY SPAGHETTI SQUASH

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 16oz container of lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 jar of no sugar added marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup of cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while you cook your spaghetti squash. We typically slice the spaghetti squash in half, place it on a platter with a small amount of water and steam it in the microwave for 10-12 minutes until cooked.
  2. Scoop out the seeds, then use a fork to pull the spaghetti squash from the sides so it resembles spaghetti and place it into a bowl
  3. Add one container of cottage cheese, Italian herbs and one jar of marinara sauce to the bowl.
  4. Mix until well combined and then add to an 8×10 banking dish.
  5. Top with one cup of cheese and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the dish is warm throughout and the cheese is bubbly.
  6. Slice casserole into 6 portions.

One slice counts as 2 green, 1/2 red, and 1 blue container. (serves 6)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/2/1/cheesy-spaghetti-squash-casserole

STUFFED PEPPERS

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup whole, peeled canned tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Herbs of your choice (we usedHerbs de Provance and oregeno)
  • 4 bell peppers, tops cut off and insides removed
  • 2/3 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and also start to make up your quinoa. Upon cooking, it usually doubles in size so keep that in mind while making your quinoa. Once cooked, remove from heat.
  2. In a saucepan, sautee sliced mushrooms until soft.
  3. Add garlic until fragrant then add the can of tomatoes. Use your spoon to break them up a bit.
  4. Mix in quinoa and your herbs.
  5. Scoop filling into each bell pepper.
  6. Pop them into a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  8. Put your oven on broil and place the peppers back in for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is toasted and bubbly.

This recipe counts as 2 green containers, 1 yellow, and 1/2 of a blue container. (serves 4)

Source: http://www.coupleinthekitchen.com/blog/2016/1/17/stuffed-peppers

CHUNKY VEGETABLE CHILI

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Ingredients:
2 tsp. olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp. chile powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce, no sugar added
1 medium zucchini, cubed
6 Tbsp. nonfat plain yogurt

Preparation:
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add sweet potatoes, onion, and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
3. Add chile powder, cumin, tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, and tomato sauce. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
4. Add zucchini; cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 10 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
5. Top each serving with 1 Tbsp. yogurt.

container counts: 1/2 green, 2 yellow

Source: https://www.beachbody.com/beachbodyblog/recipes/chunky-vegetable-chili

Spring Forward with Salads

There’s something about Spring that makes me think of salads.

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Maybe it’s because the trees are starting to bloom or because the air smells fresher or because it’s a new beginning OR maybe it’s because Spring is quickly followed by Summer which means it’s bikini time and I am DETERMINED to wear one despite having a baby in January!

Sundays are meal prep days and for the past few weeks I’ve been prepping salads to eat for lunch for the week.  (This has worked out REALLY well since, during the day, I don’t have time to chop veggies and put together something other than a PB&J – which is what was happening before I started meal prepping).

So, I wanted to share some delicious salads that I’ve recently discovered that you can have for lunch OR dinner OR both 🙂

QUINOA AND SMOKED TOFU SALAD

(serves 6)

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well (see Tip)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 6- or 8-ounce package baked smoked tofu, (see Tip), diced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
    1 cup diced cucumber
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh mint

PREPARATION

  1. Bring water and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled quinoa, tofu, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint; toss well to combine.

source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/251928/quinoa-smoked-tofu-salad/

QUINOA SPINACH SALAD

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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh spinach
  2. 1 orange, sliced
  3. 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
  4. 1/4 cup blackberries
  5. 1 apple, diced
  6. 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  7. 1 lemon, juiced
  8. 1/2 cup olive oil
  9. 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced into strips
  10. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Assemble the ingredients for the salad.
  2. Sprinkle with prepared quinoa
  3. For the dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice and fresh basil into a small mason jar.
  4. Cover and shake until well combined.
  5. Toss the salad with some dressing and serve.

source: http://www.carrieelle.com/quinoa-spinach-salad-lemon-basil-vinaigrette/

(NO MAYO) MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SALAD

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 can light tuna in water, drained
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers (jarred in water), chopped
  • 2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • black pepper to season

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil until emulsified. Stir in the tuna, red onions, roasted bell peppers and basil. Season to taste with black pepper. Boom.
  2. Serve as a sandwich with bread, half of a pita, or a sandwich thin. This is also AMAZING served over some greens for a yummy, filling salad.

source: http://thefoodieandthefix.com/no-mayo-mediterranean-tuna-salad/

DECONSTRUCTED FISH TACOS  SALAD

FISH

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz fish or shrimp
  • salt-free taco seasoning
  • fresh cilantro
  • 3 limes
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • 1 avocado, 1/2 of it diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon diced jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salad greens, chopped
  • Cabbage, shredded

DIRECTIONS

  1. Marinade the fish in taco seasoning, juice from 1 lime, and a small bunch of cilantro. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Combine the mango through the diced red onion from the list of ingredients to make the salsa, using the 1/2 diced avocado. Add juice from one lime and a tablespoon of chopped cilantro.
  3. Grill fish until flaky and white.
  4. While the fish is cooking, make the Avocado Cilantro dressing. Simply place 1 cup of cilantro leaves and stems, the remaining half of avocado, the Greek yogurt, water, garlic and squeeze of lime. Pulse and you are DONE! Go check on your fish.
  5. Plate your salad with greens and cabbage, fish, mango salsa, and top with a Tablespoon of the delicious dressing.

source: http://confessionsofafitfoodie.com/2015/08/21-day-fix-deconstructed-taco-salad-with-avocado-cilantro-dressing/

 

I hope you enjoy these!!!

Weekly Dinner Menu Made Easy

Alright y’all!  As I said, I’m back on this blog and one of the things I like to do is post a weekly dinner menu.  Let’s face it – it’s HARD to come up with meals that are HEALTHY for your family and relatively easy to make.  Maybe it’s not that hard…but…having to do it every…single…week makes it seem tedious and monotonous.

If I don’t have the mental energy to devote some of my creativity to meal planning for the week, I’ll ask my husband – “What do you want for dinner this week?”

His answer usually?  “I don’t know.  Food.”  OR “Something with meat.”

(Insert eye roll here)

I don’t know if it goes like that in your house or not…but in case it does…my goal is to make it simple for you!!

So…here you go…here are 4, HEALTHY and TASTY meals you can make!!!

P.S. They are all Paleo since my plan this week is to follow the Ultimate Reset recipes for breakfast and lunch and have a Paleo meal for dinner.

CHICKEN SATAY WITH CREAM ALMOND SAUCE AND CUCUMBER SALAD

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken thighs, boneless skinless

½ small bunch cilantro

2  English cucumbers

1 (1 inch) piece ginger root

1 lime½ medium red onion

crushed red pepper

honey

natural almond butter

rice vinegar

tamari soy sauce

turmeric

virgin coconut oil

 

Directions:

1. Peel and mince ginger. In a medium bowl, whisk together ginger, almond butter, water, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, turmeric, and crushed red pepper. Transfer ½ of mixture to a small bowl (to use as sauce) and set aside.
1 (1 inch) piece ginger
3 tbsp natural almond butter
2 tbsp warm water
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 ½ tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
½ tbsp honey
½ lime
1 tsp turmeric
⅛ tsp crushed red pepper

2. Wash and dry cilantro. Shave leaves off the stems; discard the stems and mince the leaves. Add ½ (save the rest for the salad) to the medium bowl.

½ small bunch cilantro
3. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add to medium bowl and toss to coat.
1 lb chicken thighs, boneless skinless
4. Heat a grill pan, outdoor grill, or skillet over medium-high heat.
5. Thread chicken onto 6 skewers and place on a plate. Alternatively, you can cook the chicken pieces directly on the grill/skillet without using skewers.
6. Coat grill or bottom of skillet with oil. Add skewers and cook until chicken is cooked through but still juicy, 3-4 minutes per side.
about 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
7. In a medium bowl, prepare salad dressing by whisking together remaining cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and crushed red pepper.
½ lime
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
⅛ tsp crushed red pepper
8. Peel and thinly slice onion. Wash, trim ends, halve lengthwise, and thinly slice cucumbers into half rounds. Add everything to bowl with dressing and toss.
½ medium red onion
2 English cucumbers
9. To serve, place chicken skewers on a plate, add salad, and have with almond sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Source: http://cooking.mealime.com/recipes/chicken-satay-creamy-almond-sauce-thai-cucumber-salad/1204?servings=4

ZUCCHINI AND SWEET POTATO FRITTATA

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp butter (Ghee) or coconut oil;
  • 8 eggs;
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in slices;
  • 2 sliced zucchinis;
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper;
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Preparation

  1. Heat a pan over a medium-low heat;
  2. Add the oil and sweet potato slices and cook until soft, about 8 minutes;
  3. Add the zucchini and red bell pepper slices and cook for another 4 minutes;
  4. While it cooks, whisk the eggs in a bowl, making sure to incorporate a lot of air in the mixture;
  5. Season the egg mixture with salt and pepper and add to the cooking veggies;
  6. Cook on low heat until just set, about 10 minutes;
  7. Finish the frittata until golden under a heated broiler.
  8. Cut the finished frittata into wedges and serve with fresh parsley.
Tip:  Serve it with a side salad!
Source: https://paleoleap.com/zucchini-and-sweet-potato-frittata/

PALEO PIZZA SOUP

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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz chicken sausage, sliced (check ingredients)
  • 4 oz uncured pepperoni, cut into 4ths
  • 1 25 oz jar marinara (check ingredients for no added sugar or oil)
  • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 16oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 3oz can sliced black olives (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Instructions:

  1.  In a large saucepan, cook all ingredients until the onions and mushrooms are tender or for 30 minutes.
  2. Taste add any extra seasonings as desired.
  3. Serve hot!
Tip:  Serve it with a side salad and/or paleo bread
Source: www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com
CREAMY BASIL & TOMATO CHICKEN
Creamy+Basil+&+Tomato+Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 package basil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

Directions:

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat until it sizzles. Slice the onion into strips while the oil heats, and then add it to the pan. Cook until translucent.
  2. Once the onion is translucent, add the chicken to the pan. Cook for 12 minutes, then flip over and cook for 13 more minutes. (To get the best sear, avoid moving it around too much between flips). Chicken should be cooked through. If it is not, continue to cook until chicken has no pink in the middle and juice run clear).
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pesto: place the garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the garlic is finely minced. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse serval times. Add the nutrition yeast, a sprinkle of salt, and a dash of pepper to the food processor. Finally, add the basil and avocado oil. Pulse until the basil is well minced.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the arrowroot powder into the water. Add the coconut milk, and then whisk in the pesto. Pour the sauce into the skillet with the chicken. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add the sliced cherry tomatoes. Allow to simmer for 1-2 more minutes, until tomatoes are warmed, and serve.

Tip:  Serve it with a spinach salad

There you go!  I hope you and your family enjoy these recipes!

 

Day 51

For those of you who don’t know – I had Child #3 –  A Baby Boy – on January 10th!

 

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And so…on Postpartum Day 51….what I have to say is

WOW.

That’s all I can say is…WOW.

I never realized how much my exercise routine affected my mood until I stopped doing it for several weeks.

 

But let’s back track a few months….

As my pregnancy progressed it got harder and harder for me to do my BeachBody workouts.  I had to modify certain moves in T25, 21 Day Fix Extreme and even in Country Heat until it just got ridiculous for me to even try.

But, I did the best I could and the day before I gave birth (a whole month early, unexpectedly) I even got a workout in.

But I’ll be honest…working out while I was pregnant was definitely not the same.  It definitely wasn’t easy and a lot of times it wasn’t enjoyable since my body was no longer capable of doing what it could previously.

So, as I did these workouts…these modified workouts….I thought about what it would be like when I didn’t have that baby in my belly anymore.  And I was excited…like I mean REALLY excited…to start working out again…to do what I was doing before.

I was completely psyched when the doc gave me the OK to start working out again!!!

I am now on Day 5 (of 60) of 22 Min Hard Corp and I have already noticed a vast difference in my mood.

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It’s incredible really, which is why I’m choosing to share this particular subject with you after I’ve been MIA on this blog for quite some time.  I think it’s that important!

Here is what I’ve noticed:

  1.  Increased energy (even though my son is waking up a couple of times per night to eat)
  2. Improved mood – I feel genuinely happier and am able to enjoy things more throughout the day
  3. More patience (especially with my kids)
  4. A clearer mind (although I’ve still got that pregnancy fog thing going on – Ladies, you know what I mean!)
  5. Wanting to eat healthier as to not impede my progress of working out
  6. Feeling more like myself again and not JUST “Mommy”

I have a LONG way to go…I have 20 pounds to lose…I can’t wear any of my regular pants yet…BUT I know that as I continue to follow this BeachBody program, eat clean, keep up with my accountability groups and drink Shakeology daily I WILL reach my goals!

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I’ve done it before, I’ve helped others do it and now I will do it AGAIN while I continue to help others do the same!

If you are looking for extra support during your health and fitness journey – I’m HERE for you!!!  You can connect with me here, or on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.ricardorood

https://www.facebook.com/Thisfitlife

 

 

Super Food Soups

Baby, it’s COLD outside!!!  We moved to KS this summer and I didn’t realize how extreme the weather is here.  It is HOT, HOT, HOT in the summer and COLD, COLD, COLD in the winter!!

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Cold weather equals cozy socks, blankets, cuddling and of course…soup!

I love having soup for dinner on a cold day (much to my husband’s chagrin) but…I’m the one who does the cooking…so…when I feel like soup…then soup it is!

The recipes below are all soup with super foods in them!  What does that mean?  That it’s REALLY good for you!

To make any of these into a complete meal (and for those who scoff at soup for dinner like my one and only) add a salad, home made paleo bread, a side of chicken breast or chicken sausage (or any other meat you desire) and behold – you have a complete meal!

Pumpkin Soup with Lentils

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pumpkin-soup-with-lentils/

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Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow sweet pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup yellow lentils or lentils, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 26 ounce box chicken stock
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Snipped fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 5- quart Dutch oven cook onion, sweet pepper, and lentils in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in ginger, curry powder, cumin, stock, and pumpkin puree. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. To serve, ladle into bowls and sprinkle with grated nutmeg and flat leaf parsley.

Sweet Potato, Kale and Wild Rice Soup

Source: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2015/11/17/sweet-potato-recipes/

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Ingredients

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 c. wild rice
4 c. vegetable broth, chicken broth, or water, divided
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can navy beans, drained and divided (or 1 1/2 c. cooked white beans)
1 c. kale leaves, stems removed and leaves cut into thin strips
1 tsp. salt
Fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add dried thyme, smoked paprika, and wild rice. Stir everything together to coat. Add three cups of broth and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add cubed sweet potatoes, 3/4 cup navy beans, and kale and cook for 15 minutes more or until sweet potatoes are cooked.

In a blender, puree 3/4 cup beans with one cup broth, one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon salt until smooth. Add mixture to pot and heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Gingered Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Chive Cream

Source: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/gingered-carrot-sweet-potato-soup-with-chive-cream/

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 ounce cans reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives or sliced green onions
  • 1 ounce can no-salt-added cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
  • Snipped chives; ground ginger (optional)

Directions

  1. In Dutch oven combine carrots, sweet potato, broth and ginger. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  2. For Chive Cream, in small bowl combine creme fraiche and chives; set aside. In blender, puree vegetables with beans, one-fourth at a time, removing cap from blender lid and holding a folded kitchen towel over opening in lid. Return soup to pan and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top servings with Chive Cream. Sprinkle with chives and ground ginger.
  3. Cut flatbread in wedges, lightly sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago cheese, then broil a few seconds, watching closely, just until bread is toasted and cheese is barely melted.

From the Test Kitchen

Change-Up:

Substitute russet potatoes for the carrots and sweet potato and use ground cumin in place of the ground ginger.

Freezing Tip

Prepare soup through Step 2. Let soup cool. Transfer soup to a freezer-safe container, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between the top of the soup and the rim of the container. Label and freeze up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top and continue with Step 3.

Chicken Barley Soup with Kale

Source: http://www.mydeliciousmeals.com/recipe/chicken-barley-soup-with-kale

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Ingredients

1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless)
1⁄4 cup barley
5 cups water
3 cups chicken broth
2 carrots (sliced)
2 celery stalks (chopped)
onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
potatoes (chopped)
2 cups kale (chopped, I used frozen, if you use fresh, discard thick ribs)
1 teaspoon

parsley (dry)

1 1⁄2 tablespoon

vegetable oil

1 tablespoon

lemon juice

salt
pepper

Directions:

1. Put chicken in a large pot, add water and bring to a boil. Skim any foam from the surface, add barley and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour.

2. Chop celery, slice carrots, finely chop onion and mince garlic.

3. In a skillet, heat vegetable oil. Saute celery, onion, carrots and garlic, until onions are translucent (about 7 minutes).

4. Chop potatoes.

5. Add potatoes and sauteed vegetables to the pot. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

6. Add kale, parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 15 minutes.

7. Remove chicken, shred with a fork and return to the pot. Serve hot.

I hope you and your family enjoy these super food soups!!  Don’t forget to share this post with friends and loved ones!!!
Also, I’d LOVE to hear from you – which recipes did you try?  Which ones did you like?!?