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March 2009

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Soup will travel . . . to pick up Tony!

Yep, that’s right!  As soon as I took my lunch pics and started to eat, I got the call from Tony to come get him!  Luckily my office has to go cups!

the other "to go" container was strawberries, but I never got around to eating them

the other "to go" container was strawberries, but I never got around to eating them

 So the dog was super excited to see Tony and now they are laying near each other in the living room.  The only time Ed wants to be right next to Tony is when I am sitting next to him and then he lays all over me until I move!   I am sure Tony’s completely exhausted having not slept well in the hospital these last seven days.  Again, thanks for all your concerns and prayers!  We both totally appreciate it!

Since everyone is dying for my soup recipe, here it is – I also accessorized my lunch today, but I’ll explain that later.   Like I said before there are so many roasted red pepper tomato soup recipes, I kind of gathered ideas from them, yet added new things to make it my own.

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Tomato Soup

  • 3 large red peppers, roasted under the broiler until black
  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon thai chili paste (really spicy with1 tablespoon, maybe start with 1 teaspoon to start and go from there)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (liked the sweet/sour kick this added!)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
I chose three of the biggest peppers from my loot

I chose three of the biggest peppers from my loot

a little of this goes a long way, but it made for a spicy, yet flavorful soup!

a little of this goes a long way, but it made for a spicy, yet flavorful soup!

I'll never buy my chicken broth anywhere else - $1.29 for this 4 cup box!

I'll never buy my chicken broth anywhere else - ALDI! - $1.29 for this 4 cup box!

Once broiled, put in a bowl with plastic wrap and let rest until cool enough to handle- 20 minutes or so then put on cutting board to remove seeds and stems

Once broiled, put in a bowl with plastic wrap and let rest until cool enough to handle- 20 minutes or so then put on cutting board to remove seeds and stems

I intentionally left the char on one pepper, because I like the smokiness it gives to the soup.  While the red peppers roasted, I put the tomatoes in a big pot and cooked them down with the garlic.  Once the peppers were peeled, I added them to the pool and added the remaining ingredients, except the soy milk.  I let this cook for about 20 more minutes and then using my stick blender I pureed it right in the pot.  

I took one bite and it was WAY too spicy – I couldn’t believe how spicy 1 tablespoon of the Thai chili paste would go!  That’s when I decided to add the soy milk (off the heat).  That added an extra layer of creaminess and cooled the heat just enough.

This is also cheap at Aldi - $1.39!

This is also cheap at Aldi - $1.39!

see the flecks of the charred red pepper??

see the flecks of the charred red pepper??

So this whole recipe made 9 cups at 57 calories, 2.6 fat, 5.7 carbs, 1.4 fiber and 3.3 protein.  The whole pot is only 518 calories!  I think I am going to have 1 cup of this with every lunch this week!  

I also brought cucumber, 2 laughing cow cheeses and the strawberries. When I put it into calorie king, my lunch only came in at like 240 calories – definitely not enough!  So I went downstairs to the cafe in the building and asked for 2 pieces of Italian bread.  The cook came out, handed me the bread and said “it’s only bread, no charge!”  Nice!

So I toasted the two pieces of bread, spread 1 triangle of laughing cow light on each piece of bread, then layered the cucumbers on top with salt and pepper.  This was so refreshing mixed with the spicy soup!  This is definitely a keeper!!

So lunch ended up coming in at 434 calories

So lunch ended up coming in at 434 calories

Whew, okay, now I can move on now that I know this is posted and Tony is resting comfortably.  Off to do a couple loads of laundry and start dinner.  Come back for Southern Fried/Baked Chicken with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan Zucchini!

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Garlic Foccacia Egg Sammie

We have so many different kinds of bread in the house right now, I need to start using it up!  Bagels, sandwich bread, english muffins, garlic foccacia!  My breakfast portion was 2.2 ounces.   I toasted it lightly then put 1/4 cup cooked egg beaters, 1.5 ounces Krakus ham and .9 ounces of Alpine Lace reduced fat swiss cheese (i.e. stinky cheese!) 😀 and then put it all together and nuked it for 20 seconds to melt the cheese.

Breakfast comes in at 343 calories, 14 fat and 26 carbs

Breakfast comes in at 343 calories, 14 fat and 26 carbs

 I can’t believe today is the last day of March already!!  You know what that means . . . my first day of the month giveaway is tomorrow and it is no April fools either!!  Can’t wait to share it with you!

Last night I made a spicy roasted red pepper and tomato soup with some of my produce loot – I combined a bunch of different ideas I liked and added some twists of my own, including thai chili paste, apple cider vinegar and soy milk!  Best part though is each one cup serving is only 57 calories!

You’ll have to stop by at lunch to get that recipe!  See you then 😀

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Clean Eating Magazine Mac N Cheese

I stop by Cathy’s blog www.noblepig.com just about every day.  Her pictures are amazing and even if I’ve just eaten, my mouth begins to water when I see her food.   Today she had peanut butter and jelly chicken wings for goodness sakes!  But the reason I mention her, is because of her site I discovered Cream Puffs in Venice!  She has a regular feature called Magazine Mondays.  She, apparently like me, is a cooking magazine whore and decided that every Monday she would make a recipe from one of her magazines.  Brilliant!   So tonight I am going to send her my link for Magazine Monday.

But first, look at my produce loot!

Definitely going to make roasted red pepper soup and pasta sauce - each package was only $1!

Definitely going to make roasted red pepper soup and pasta sauce - each package was only $1!

 So tonight Hannah and I decided to make the Clean Eating Mac n Cheese out of this months issue.

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Here is the photo in the magazine

Here is the photo in the magazine

I actually was able to find this flour!  At the same store no less where they had the $11.49 quinoa, this package of flour was only $2.39.

I actually was able to find this flour! At the same store no less where they had the $11.49 quinoa, this package of flour was only $2.39.

This makes the dish - only 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce and it is still very flavorful!

This makes the dish - only 60 calories and 1 gram of fat per ounce and it is still very flavorful!

While the original recipe called for swiss cheese, Hannah's not a huge fan so I substituted 4 ounces of part skim mozzarella and reduced the Cabot cheese to 4 ounces

While the original recipe called for swiss cheese, Hannah's not a huge fan so I substituted 4 ounces of part skim mozzarella and reduced the Cabot cheese to 4 ounces

This is the whole grain elbow noodles we used - very good!  Sometimes I  think whole wheat noodles taste weird, but this was more like the real deal

This is the whole grain elbow noodles we used - very good! Sometimes I think whole wheat noodles taste weird, but this was more like the real deal

I removed the noodles when they were very aldante, because it cooks an additional 20 minutes at 375

I removed the noodles when they were very aldante, because it cooks an additional 20 minutes at 375

I nuked some broccoli to add - which isn't in the original recipe

I nuked some broccoli to add - which isn't in the original recipe

the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of whole wheat panko bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan for the topping.  I used 2 tablespoons regular panko and reduced the parm to 1 tablespoon since it wasn't low fat

the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of whole wheat panko bread crumbs, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan for the topping. I used 2 tablespoons regular panko and reduced the parm to 1 tablespoon since it wasn't low fat

But look how good the stats are on this!  I ended up eating 1 1/2 cups

But look how good the stats are on this! I ended up eating 1 1/2 cups

While it was pretty creamy before going in the oven, it dried up a bit in the oven, which Hannah loved because she doesn’t like an overly cheesey sauce (what?) so with the remainder, I stirred in 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk to cream it up.  I plan on bringing some to my friend Renee who is the best taste tester! 

Off to start my soup and pasta sauce.  Oh, and before I forget, we have a relatively new blogger hosting this weeks BSI – Avocado!  She won last weeks BSI eggs – she actually made a big egg white into a wrap and stuffed it – very clever!!  She’s Ruth over at Plentiful Plants – check out her win!

And as always, thanks for your continued support and concern for Tony!  See you tomorrow!