Superbowl Sunday & Turkey White Bean Chili!

How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was great. Saturday we did NOTHING besides cleaned up some things around the house. Sunday we went food shopping, cleaned up some more and I made a couple things for the Superbowl. When I say “for the Superbowl” I mean we ate at 5 and everyone was gone by 6:30.

Danny watched the Superbowl while I watched The Shield (anyone else watch this show?!) on the computer. I did pause it to watch Beyonce’s half time show and to hear about the blackout. I was happily asleep by 9 o’clock and slept through the night besides a couple short wake ups. (Danny did the 11:30 wake up and she slept till 6 besides that!!)

I wanted to share the recipes I made because they were SO good!

Jessica’s Whole Wheat Fontina Portobella Pizza (I ended up only using 1 piece of turkey bacon and swapped provolone for fresh mozzarella and left out the parmesan all together.) This was delicious. I usually only make traditional pizza or salad pizza so this was a nice change!

Healthy Chicken Fingers  This is my recipe. I’ve made these guys a whole bunch of times and they are so perfect with some ketchup! (Or honey mustard!)

A green salad. No recipe linking here – I did made a romaine salad with some cucumbers and black olivies. Simple.

And lastly,

 

We topped this chili with the leftover grated fontina cheese, but feel free to use any cheese to your liking..or to leave out! I served this without any grains because we were having pizza, but for leftovers I’ll be eating this with brown rice or farro! I LOVE the dutch oven because you just throw everything in and don’t worry about it, besides checking on it occasionally and stirring. ( I have this Rachael Ray one, which was a tad small for this. I ended up removing some of the liquid and dumping it, so if you have this one just use a little less chicken broth.)

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the week! See you soon! :)

Warm You Up Turkey Chili

Good morning! and Happy Martin Luther King Jr day!

It doesn’t feel like a holiday because Danny is at work today. Boo. We did have a good morning so far, so it’s okay. :) We did our typical routine of getting up around 6 and hanging out with a cup of coffee until Liv decided she wanted to eat. Then we did all that, went downstairs, I ate my typical breakfast of eggs & buttered toast. When she went down for a nap I did Week 3, day 1 of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. It kicked my butt, as per usual.

Last night I decided I would make some chili. I typically make a good Sunday dinner that will gives us each 1-2 lunches during the week. I basically had everything. The only difference is I used my Rachael Ray stoneware and put it in the oven. It was so easy and definitely no fuss. I also made some fresh rolls to go with this. Perfection. I’m not one for too many spices, or for it being too hot, so this was a very simple chili!

(one day I’ll have time to take nicer pictures again…)

You can even eat this with some brown rice, farro or whole wheat pasta but I decided to go for the rolls this time!

Off to go to the food store and get some work done.

Enjoy the day!  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back with Liv’s 3 month update!

Comfort Food: Italian Wedding Soup!

Morning!

Hope you all had a wonderful President’s Day! Did you take off? I did a bunch of work, but had Danny home with me. I decided to basically unplug for most of the day and skipped blogging all together. It was so nice to mostly put down the phone and just focus on real life.

Yesterday I also got in a 3.5 mile run with Danny. We used to run 2-3 times a week together, so even though it was cold we decided to suck it up and just get out there. It was worth it, even though the winds were cold, it wasn’t too bad.

Onto food, which is clearly more important. I’ve been having a love affair with soup lately. Well soup and pecorino romano. I make it more than once a week, which is funny because it’s not even that cold out.  My Aunt Millie used to make an Italian wedding soup with basically anything she had thrown in. The key were the tiny little meatballs.

She’s since stopping making the soup, I mean she is 95, so I don’t blame her. This weekend we were feeling a bit nostolgic and decided to give it a go ourselves. I knew it was never going to be as good as hers…and it wasn’t, but it was pretty darn good.

The key to this, like I said, are the tiny meatballs. If you can grab an extra set of hands for help, then it will go faster!

You can make this basically however you want, but I chose to go with lean turkey meat to make it even healthier. The fat from the meatballs if you used pork, beef or non-lean turkey meat probably would enhance the flavor, but I really didn’t miss it!

To me this soup is super comforting, so really feel free to do whatever you want with it. Aunt Millie may have added a can of diced tomatoes, some potatoes, zucchini or anything else she had on hand. I kind of did the same because I wanted a very simple soup. Also feel free to serve with some tubettini or orzo pasta and dump even more grated cheese on it. That’s my kinda dinner!

I’ve got to get some Pure Bliss orders together and out! Not sure what the gym holds for me today, but we’ll see when I get there!

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Have a wonderful day! 

 

Recipes from Months’ past!

I had a great pesto bean dip for you today, but my husband ate it all before I could photograph it. I’ll make it again, don’t worry, but for now I have a different idea.

The thing about having a blog is I’m always looking for new recipes, which is great. Except, the downside is, I tend to forget about the other recipes I posted months, maybe even years ago. Well, today is all for bringing them back.

Why not take a look at great recipes I’ve made so we can all re-make them together?

I know that I mostly post veggie and vegan recipes here, but the truth is I do eat meat. I eat it in small amounts, but for some reason it rarely makes the blog.

First things first, I will apologize for the awful pictures. I am by no means a wonderful photographer now, but at least I learned the wonders of natural light. Don’t let the bad light deter you from these recipes!

All these recipes have been made, tried and loved by ME!

check out my major hitch hiker thumb…

Turkey Burgers: This is my go-to recipe. I made these a couple of weeks ago and put them on the grill. No fail.

Salmon with Lemon Sauce: Out of all the recipes I’ve shared with my in-laws, this is hands down their favorite. I think they make it every other week.

Smoky Chicken Corn Chowder: I plan on making this very soon. This is a long lost recipe that I forgot about! A perfect meal to warm you up from the inside out.

Zucchini Boats: Perfect for a meat-less meal. The portobella mushroom gives it a meaty taste.

Quinoa Lentil Casserole: Protein filled and perfect as a main dish or as a taco stuffing. Make this at the beginning of the week and eat it multiple times during the week!

So there it is, I’m on a personal mission to bring some of these recipes back. I know Danny is grateful, considering dinners lately haven’t been much to write home about…

What is your favorite recipe that you’ve forgetten about or haven’t made in a long time?