Friday Fun-day!

In between homework and chores, Mommy and Luchi have been having tons of fun in the kitchen! Luchi had some homemade sweet potato mash and Mommy had a fruity salad and roasted chick peas for lunch! Girls gotta eat! This amazing new popcorn I found has been in a bowl by my computer screen for some of the morning as well! What an awesome snack! Eat whole foods and feel amazing!

I just piled anything fresh I had into a bowl to create this masterpiece. Apples, raspberries, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, feta, and spring mix topped with raspberry walnut dressing.

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These are just organic garbanzo beans from a can, rinsed, dried, tossed in 1 tbsp of olive oil, baked for 25 mins at 400 degrees and then sprinkled with spices of your choice! (I used 1/2 tsp of each, salt, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder) They are crunchy and delicious! 4 points plus for 1/2 cup.

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Look at those little teeth!! I love this baby!!

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We are going to finish our Valentine’s this evening…stay tuned for that post!

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Idea Box

If I have 30 minutes of quiet time, it must not be wasted…

When I use these 30 minutes to flip through a magazine, I want to remember the thoughts, ideas, recipes, etc. that I like. In order to do so and keep ripped out pages from being scattered all over the house, I organized a concept I call an Idea Box.

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I always keep a sheet of labels and some scrap paper pieces in the box, paper-clipped together.

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I use the labels when I want to write down a thought or idea and stick it onto a torn out page.

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I use the scrap papers if I think of something while reading that I want to jot down but don’t feel the need to keep the page.

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I put all the pages and ideas into the box and store it neatly in the closet. Fun to sift through it on a rainy day!

If you are reading the magazine on the beach or at a friends house (and they will let you rip the page out) tear the page out right there, put it in your purse, and when you get home, place it in your box. Simple.

This saves me from the I-don’t-want-to-throw-away-the-magazine-because-I-saw-something-in-it-I-liked dilemma which causes lots of clutter!! With this process I can recycle the magazine right away, no hanging around for 3 months and then throwing it away anyway because you have forgotten why you kept it (you know you do this)….

*Also, use scrap paper instead of post-its when you can, for any project…saves trees 🙂

Poorman Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground meat (I use organic ground turkey)
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn (you can use any frozen veggies you like)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (1/4 cup per serving; I used a mix of provolone and mozzarella)
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes (28 ounce)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 cups of chicken broth (homemade is the best!)
  • 4 cups of uncooked pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

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Brown meat in a large pot, the same pot you will use for the rest of the soup.

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When meat is browned, add broth, seasoning, and tomatoes to the pot and bring to a boil. (I puree the tomatoes because my husband doesn’t like the tomatoes in “chunks”)

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Once soup is boiling, add veggies and cook until the veggies are tender. To serve, put one cup of pasta in a bowl, top with a few ladles of soup, and finish off with 1/4 cup of cheese per serving.

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This soup provides a lean source of protein from the meat and the tomatoes provide lycopene, an incredibly healthy antioxidant compound! Enjoy!

This recipe makes about 10 cups of soup, not including the pasta! I freeze 4 cups of the soup for later. Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 4 points for 1 cup (add 4 points for one cup of pasta and another 2 for the cheese)