Lasagna Soup

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It’s cold here in OZ and during the cold winter months I crave all those yummy comfort foods that are not always so easy on my waistline. During my walks or quiet time I like to think of ways to make those unfriendly waistline meals waistline friendly. This one took a little bit of time. I have been wanting lasagna but nutrition is important to me and I like most of my foods to have a value to them. The thought of filling my belly with pasta just isn’t worth it to me, I’d rather have my meal AND a glass of my favorite Cabernet. So after some thoughtful thinking, and a lot of walking I figured I would just turn it into a soup. I was sooo pleased with the way it turned out! Not only did it smell like lasagna had been baking all day, It was so easy to make. I swear if you closed your eyes while you took a bite you would think you were eating lasagna. The best part is that you can eat it knowing you are doing good for your body!!

Float on by Modest Mouse is playing from the other room as I sip on my hot tea just counting down the minutes until I can tuck into a big bowl of this soup. But before I serve this up to my family I’m going to through some flour on my face so my family will think I’ve been cooking all day (they don’t need to know I’ve been sipping on tea enjoying some fun music 🙂 )

So you can get to tucking into a bowl yourself I will tell you…

What You Will Need

2 Large Green bell peppers, diced

1 Yellow Onion, diced

1 Pk 99% Lean ground Turkey, crumbled and cooked through

1 Jar of Natural Pasta sauce (I like to use a homemade pasta sauce and you can search the recipe for shallot sauce at the top.)

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Small can Petite diced tomatoes

2 Zucchini, chopped

3 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

2 Tbsp Dried Oregano

2 Tbsp Dried Basil

1 Tbsp, Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tsp Salt

Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Part Skim mozzarella, shredded

Is your mouth-watering yet??

Prep Your Mis en Place 😉

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In a pot on the stove, add in your pasta sauce, chicken stock, diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, and salt.

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Bring to a simmer.

While that simmering, in a pan on the stove add in the onion, bell peppers, minced garlic, and ground turkey.

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Cook until the turkey is cooked through.

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Add the cooked turkey to the soup pot and allow the ingredients to marry each other.

Simmer for 20 minutes then add in the chopped zucchini and continue to let it simmer for 10 more minutes. I like my veggies to have a little bite to them in my soups. The zucchini will take place of the noodles you will be missing from a traditional lasagna. I promise you will not miss the pasta.

Top your soup with the shredded cheese and let it melt in the bowl then in your mouth.

Makes 8 servings:

289.1 Cals, 7.2 G fat, 17.4 G carb, 4.4 G fiber, 43.5 Pro, 9.4 G sugar

Kisses to Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

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Baby EDEN

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Its been awhile.. But I have a wonderful excuse and I’m so excited to share it with you all. My journey took me 516 miles away from my home in OZ, running through airport terminals hoping to catch an earlier flight towards my destination. I’ve often waited for my connection flights watching people run like mad towards their connection wondering, what were they in such a rush for? Were they in a hurry to catch an important meeting, rushing to see loved ones, or were they like me, rushing for my reason? So before I tell you my reason…

Break out the Champagne and grab a good cigar I’m having Moet White Star and an Opus X and I’m listening to Barber: Adagio For Strings played by Zürich Baroque Strings (You have to play this.) because……

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IT”S A BOY!!!

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Meet baby EDEN. (Grand baby EDEN)

I was so honored to be asked to be there for the birth of my first grandchild. It took two days for him to come into this world and even all the coffee in the world couldn’t help keep us awake.

(Day one) After 24 hrs. I’m sucking down coffee like MAD.

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Day two lol.

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Even my son took his 5 minute naps when he could.

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The moment I started to shed my tears quietly was watching an expectant father keep his silent, constant watch over his wife, praying for a safe delivery for them both. Ready as a soldier (that he is) to jump at any moment to get her whatever she wanted, or needed.

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Then the moment came……

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Happy Birthday my sweet baby EDEN.

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I love my children, and  I love them so much I wonder “How could my heart possibly love anymore?” …Then your heart grows even bigger.

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The small sounds he makes, the way he smells, everything about him is wonderful!

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After sometime I headed back to their home to get food ready and allow the sweet new family to bond in peace. So what did EDEN do?

Celebrated!

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I had a wonderful time that evening. It was a little lonely, but it was nice to be with my thoughts. Thoughts of his future… What will he be like when he grows up? Who will be the first to win his heart? Who will be the first to break his heart??…. Oh baby don’t you worry! Foxy has you! (Foxy is what they call me instead of grandma.) LOL.

Ok, baby is on his way so I better get to cooking meals for the new family to have for the week.

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Look at that face!!

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After the week flew by I was heading home…..

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That had to be the loneliest plane ride home.. I was bawling! This time I slowly made my way through the terminal to catch my connection. There were no earlier flights to grab so I sat and watched others rushing around wondering if any of them were on their way to meet a new loved one coming into this world.?

Then I got a phone call from my son who said that they were going to baby EDEN’S appointment in the morning and if they get the “All clear” from the doctor they would be up the next day!

All clear!

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One day apart was too long.

Here is a hilarious picture my daughter in laws mom made of baby EDEN portraying what he would be like if he was mine. I DIE!!!

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Every second I had him, I was memorizing everything about him.

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Holding him I would pray for him. I would pray for his future…

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In his sleep I would make silent promises to him that only he would know…. Then 2 weeks flew by and I had to say goodbye to him.

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How do you do that? How do you tell your heart not to break???

How do you say goodbye to this face!!??

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Oh baby EDEN I’m here and will always be here for you…… I LOVE YOU!!

I promise, I promise, I promise to continue to pursue good health and nutrition so I will be here to see what your bright future holds for you.

Cheers! To eating Waistline Friendly Meals to insure many years to come!

KISSES!

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Eating Out With EDEN

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As Strange Overtones by David Byrne and Brian Eno plays into my ears as I stroll down one of the main drags in Westchester New York I cant help but smile to myself as I’m in search for a culinary adventure. The day is absolutely beautiful! A lovely 72 degrees is slowly heating the area around me and I am hungry for some breakfast!

The best way to meet new people is to ask where their favorite restaurant is to eat. That is one thing everyone has in common with each other, we all need to eat! I find that people open up very quickly when you ask them where they love to fill their bellies and the one restaurant that came up often was…….

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The Iron Tomato. What a cute fun name I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to delight me with! OOhh they have a patio so I shall dine alfresco. Right away I was hit by the smell of fresh-baked bread! I am in heaven. everything is made in-house and they offer up dishes to please the simplest of pallets to some adventurous ones like this!

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Hmmmm. I would try this, I love adventurous food but it is only 7:00 AM and I’m thinking an egg white croissant sounds a little more morning friendly lol.

So now I have my sandwich and cappuccino and I’m eating out side and I look at my breakfast and my heart sank 😦 I was looking at the saddest breakfast sandwich I have ever seen outside of a Macdonald’s. I was kinda confused… How can a place that creates such yummy bites such as these..

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And these…

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And these….

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Make this??? Sigh… at least the cappuccino is good I shall live. I’m sorry Iron Tomato perhaps another time I will try you again but for now I bid you farewell.

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Now Human by The Human League is playing and I’m slowly strolling through the streets of Westchester thinking of someone special wondering if I was being thought of as well.. suddenly my day-dream was interrupted by the grumbling in my tummy. It was now 6:00 PM and the only thing I had eaten so far was one bite of my sandwich and about 4 cappuccinos. This girl NEEDS to EAT!

Just as I look up the beautiful Ritz Carlton is standing in front of me 🙂

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I immediately get excited because I know hidden at the bottom of this hotel is BLT I die!!

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Upon walking in, I do a quick sweep of the restaurant to inspect the cleanliness of it. The last thing I want to be doing is eating my food as I stare at the ceiling fan wondering if that huge hunk of dust will fall and land on my plate! No thank you! I will leave at the drop of a hat if the place looks shady in any way.

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As I thought, this place did not disappoint. there was not one speck of dirt or dust anywhere and if you want to see if a place is really taken care of, check out their plants and see if their leaves are clean and dusted 😉

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Dinner for me is an event, I like to take my time and order one course at a time. Appetizer and a Chopin Vodka martini straight up with the little pickled onions to start, I finish that then I order a salad with a glass of wine then I order my entrée with another glass of wine. 2-3 hours is perfect for me and all to often many places want you in and out, but not here.

As with most places they serve you bread to start but this is no ordinary place!! They start you out right off the bat with a culinary treat! Popovers!! It was soooo amazing! Huge and hot, crusty on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside. I think one more of these and I would be walking out the door stuffed before I even ordered anything to eat.

So setting aside my popover I ordered a ceaser salad with fresh anchovies.

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WOW is all I can say! If you can take a simple salad and make it special, there’s real talent there! The romaine was crisp and cold, the anchovies salty, and the house made dressing and croutons were divine. Okay so my martini and salad are finished, it’s time to order the next course.

Ahi Tuna tartar with avocado and a citrus soy with a glass of wine on the side was next on my list.

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What can I say? Is there even a word to describe what you see?? I will try.. Absolute perfection I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU!!!

Oh NO! I am soooo full! I really want to try to order my next course but I just cant do it. Instead I op for one more glass of wine to enjoy on the patio while I enjoy an evening cigar. I am by myself and As I reflect on my dining experience that I just had (1 1/2 hours) I realize and giggle to myself that it’s a good thing I enjoy my own company. That moment was the best experience I had my whole trip. I was in total peace and everything that was going on during that time didnt matter anymore. I was going to be ok.

Here are just a few awards BLT has won..

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I will be back to see you! I would take a trip just to see you!! The service was fantastic and my waiter Benji made sure that I had a lovely evening. Please go and if you do, tell them Eden from OZ says hello!

Cheers to eating Waistline Friendly Meals to enjoy the ones on occasions that are not so waistline friendly 😉

KISSES

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Creating Eden

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Sigh…….. I am sitting here looking at one of the prettiest sunsets and there is a slight chill in the air so I have a small fire going and the smell of the pinion wood is intoxicating! It reminds me of New Mexico oh and it reminds me that a glass of Cakebread will go well with this moment.

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Ok perfect! Into the Ocean by Blue October is lightly playing in the background, it is so peaceful.

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To make a long story short, this weekend I lost all of my food photos and recipes that I have been spending quite sometime on so, what that means is that I am going to need a few more days before there will be a new posting 😦

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So until then, I will be at the local farmers markets getting some inspiration from the beautiful ingredients  like these lovely tomatoes.

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Then I plan on just cooking, cooking, cooking! 🙂

so until then…

Cheers!!

Miss you guys

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Non Wonton Soup

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A NON wonton wonton Soup!? What can I say, summer is near and a girl has got to do what it takes to be swimsuit ready and if that means I have to skip the wonton for a few months, so be it 😉 Actually, I find that the wonton wrapper takes away from the flavor of that little pork pillow inside. Why spend so much time adding Fantastic flavor to it if your going to cover it up? Once again this soup has sooo much Nutrition in it your body will be PLEASED! 🙂

Oh No! The song Everytime You Go Away by Paul Young just came on, and trust me, if someone you love is away from you DON”T listen to this song LOL. I am having the last glass of my Perrier Jouet Grand Brut wishing there was more. Hey, it makes me sing a little.

So if you are interested in that summertime body or just to feel extraordinary I will tell you

What You Will Need:

1 Pound Ground Pork

1 Bunch of Green Onions, minced

4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

2 Tbsp Cornstarch

3 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced

Salt and Pepper (To your taste)

12 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

3 Small Baby Bok Choy, chopped

2 Cans Bamboo Shoots, rinsed then cut into matchstick pieces

1 Small Purple Cabbage, cored and chopped

1 Pound Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced

4 Slices of Fresh Ginger

Salt and Pepper to taste

So If you can pull yourself away from daydreaming..

Prep your Mis en Place 🙂

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In a large pot on the stove, add in the chicken stock and 4 slices of ginger. The ginger is not meant to be eaten, it’s just there to add more punch to the broth. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.

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Next chop up the cabbage

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Slice up the baby bok choy.

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Cut up the bamboo into matchstick sizes, and set them all aside along with the mushrooms.

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In a glass bowl, add in the pork, green onion, garlic, minced ginger, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

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Form the pork mixture into small meatballs.

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Add the pork balls to the broth that is simmering. Simmer for 15 minutes.

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Next add in all the fresh veggies.

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Simmer for another 10 minutes.

Tell me that this soup does not look yummy or nutritious. All of those bright assortment of colors means nothing but good things to come for your health. I am So Pleased!

Makes 12 servings:

177 Cals, 6.4 G fat,15 G carb, 2.8 G fiber, 18.9 G pro, 1.8 G sugar

Extra: This is one of those soups that’s great to have on hand for when you suddenly get hungry and want to stay on track.

Cheers To Another Waistline Friendly Meal!!!

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Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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It’s going to be a great weekend!! I can already tell can’t you? The trumpet sound coming from the song Safe and Sound by Capital Cities is making it hard for me to stay in my chair long enough to type this sentence out! I just want to dance! Besides me is a glass of Johnny Walker Blue Label it doesn’t get any better than that! Did you know if you serve this drink in a proper scotch glass you will see a blue hue to it? Amazing. Now we all know that I was out-of-town on a culinary adventure last week soooo, this soup is perfect for the traveler who has had a great time doing nothing but eating for a week. My body says a big “Thank You” for this soup. Its full of fiber, and nutrients that a growing girl needs 😉

Well now that I’m a bit more settled down and can focus, I will tell you

What You Will Need:

2 Large Heads of Cauliflower, broken into florets

1 Onion, Minced

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

2 Russet Potato, peeled, and diced

8 Cups Vegetable Stock (Home made if you can)

1 Tbsp Cumin, ground

1 Tbsp Brown Mustard Seed

1 Tbsp Tumeric

1 Tbsp Curry Powder

2 tsp Coriander, ground

1/2 Inch of Fresh Ginger, minced

2 Limes, juiced

Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Cayenne Pepper to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional:

Greek Yogurt

Now that we are back from the store, prep your Mis en Place 🙂   (still love saying that)

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Pre heat your oven to 430. On a cookie sheet, spread out the cauliflower florets, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast for about 30 minutes.

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In a large pot on the stove set to medium high heat, add in the ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and curry powder.

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Next add in the potatoes, and onion. Stir until the ingredients are coated with the yummy spices.

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Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil then, lower to a simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Once the potatoes are soft add in the roasted cauliflower and simmer for 10 more minutes.

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Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Pour the smooth soup back into the soup pot, and add in the juice of 2 limes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

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Mix well and let your body say “Thank you” to you too 😉

Makes 8 Servings:

114 cals,0 G fat, 21.2 G carbs, 8 G fiber, 4.2 G pro, 5.8 G sugar.

EXTRA: I like to add 6 oz of plain non fat Greek Yogurt to add more protein into my diet.

214 cals, 0 G fat, 28.2 G carbs, 8 G fiber, 22.2 G protein, 12.8 G sugar.

****If the soup is to thick for your liking, add in more vegetable stock.

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!!

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Shrimp with Fennel and Red Bell Pepper

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What can I say but WOW to the outstanding flavor in this dish!!! I am sooo pleased with it, and I hope you will be too! Once again this meal is full of lean protein, and tons of vegetables. I love bulking up soups with veggies, it’s such an easy way to meet your daily requirements. Oh lets not forget that summer is around the corner and I hope to have my feet on the beach feeling good in a swimsuit 😉

In the background playing is Smile Like You Mean It by The Killers. Whenever this song plays I don’t know if I should dance or toss on my running shoes and hit the nature park for a run! Oh who am I kidding? I’m already dancing!! Next to me is a glass of Grapefruit Perrier water and I have to say I really like the flavor I think I will buy some more, so lets hit the store!

What You Will Need:

1 Tbsp Cumin Seeds

1 Tbsp Dried Oregano

1/2 Tbsp Chipotle powder

1 Onion, minced

2 Fennel Bulbs, diced

1 Large Red Bell Pepper, diced

4 Carrots, chopped

3 Cloves of Garlic, minced

2 Sweet Potatoes, diced

6 C Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

1/2 C Heavy Cream

2 Pounds Shrimp, peeled, cut in half

1 Lime, juiced

Zest from 1 Lime

1 C Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Now that you have everything, prep your Mis en Place 🙂

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In a large pot on the stove set to medium high heat, add the cumin seeds and toast them. Do this for 2 minutes or until they release their wonderful aroma. I’m telling you it smells so good, I would wear it as a perfume!

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Next, add in the sweet potatoes, carrots, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, and fennel. Cook until the onion becomes translucent (about 5 minutes).

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Now add in the chicken stock.

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Mix well, then add in the cream, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.

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Let the soup simmer for 30 minutes or until the sweet potato is soft.

Remove from heat and add in the shrimp and stir.

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Once you add the shrimp, add in the lime zest, lime juice,  chipotle powder, and cilantro.

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Mix well, salt and pepper to taste.

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Look at those beautiful colors! Good food not only LOOKS GOOD it TASTES GOOD!

Makes 8 Servings:

270.9 cals, 7.8 G fat, 26.8 G carbs, 6.1 G fiber, 23.5 G pro, 10.4 G sugar

Cheers to another waistline friendly meal!!

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My Favorite Place

Lemon Chicken Soup with Leeks and Summer Squash

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With spring break just around the corner, you can bet this girl will be hopefully relaxing or doing some kind of water sport. SOOO that means I need to get bathing suit ready. This soup is perfect! It is full of wonderful lean protein, lots of veggies to make your skin glow, and full of salivating fiber to keep you feeling full.

“We did everything alright now  I’m on the outside”  maybe I should leave the singing to the artists lol. Calvin Harris is playing Outside from my computer and I am trying my hardest to not spill my yummy black coffee on myself as I dance around. It’s one of those songs that make you forget yourself.  Time for a refill and lets head to the store to get this show on the road.

What You Will Need:

2 Skinless chicken Breast roasted, then chopped

5 Cloves of Garlic, minced

3 Large Leeks, chopped (White parts only)

2 Zucchini, cut into half moons

2 Yellow Squash, cut into half moons

1 C White Wine

8 C Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

3 Bay Leaves

2 Lemons juiced

Zest from 1 Lemon

3 Tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped

3 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Now that you have what you will need, Prep Your Mis en Place 🙂

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In a large pot on the stove, add in the leeks, and garlic, cook until the leeks begin to sweat. If you need to add a little bit of chicken stock to the pot to prevent sticking that is fine.

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While the leeks are starting to sweat, add in the zest from the lemon, squashes, and bay leaves.

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So pretty

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Next add in the wine. Please  choose a wine that you enjoy the taste of. If you do not like the taste of the wine you will not like the taste in your food.

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The smell of the wine cooking is Amazing!!

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Now add in the lemon juice, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.

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Once the soup starts to simmer, add in the chicken and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. At the end of cooking, add the fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste.

There you go! You now have a batch of belly filling protein and veggies that you can have for your lunch for the next few days :*)

Makes 8 Servings:

121.8 cals, .6 G fat, 12.4 G carb, 3.2 G fiber, 17.5 G pro, 4 G sugar

Cheers to another waistline friendly meal!

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Italian Wedding Soup

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Here Comes the bride….. This is such a wonderful soup stuffed with TONS of vegetables and lean protein. Its one of those meals where you wouldn’t feel guilty about going for seconds or thirds. The only problem is that  you will be full after one serving. 😉

What You Will Need:

3 Large Carrots, peeled and chopped

3 Stalks Celery, chopped

3 Zucchini, Diced

1 Onion, Chopped

1 Large Russet Potato, peeled, and diced

1 Small can of petite diced Tomatoes

2 Roasted Chicken Breast, cooked, and diced

1/2 Cup Parsley, chopped

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Pkg 99% fat-free White Turkey Breast

1 Egg

1 Slice of Whole Grain 45 Calorie bread, toasted and crumbled.

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper

1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese

2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

8 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

*Directions

Prep your Mis en Place 🙂

Can you hear the music playing? Tonight I am listening to Something a little bit softer.. Eyes Without A Face sung by Billy Idol is playing in the background, and I am sipping slowly on a premium tequila out of a glass made of Himalayan rock salt. It is so awesome!

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In a large pot on the stove, set the temp to medium high.

Add in the zucchini, carrots, potato, onion, garlic, and celery.

Cook the vegetables until the onion becomes soft, and translucent.

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Once the onion is soft, add in the chicken stock, tomatoes, and italian seasoning.

Bring to a boil, then set to a simmer.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Next add in the chicken breast.

Simmer for 5 minutes.

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While that is simmering, in a bowl mix in the turkey, parmesan, red pepper flakes, thyme, salt, egg and bread crumbs.

Form the turkey mixture into small balls about a Tbsp amount each.

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Next, gently drop the rolled balls into the soup.

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Simmer for 10 more minutes.

Makes 8 servings: 276.7 cals, 4.6 G fat, 11 G carb, 1.8 G fiber, 49.3 G pro, 1.6 G sugar.

Cheers to another waistline friendly meal.;-)

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