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3-Seed Whole Grain & Kefir Quick Bread

It’s soup season!  Make some for dinner tonight, and serve it with this whole grain quick bread, warm from the oven.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ReganMillerJones Inc. and the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition on behalf of Progresso™ .  I received free samples of the soup mentioned in the post and I was compensated for my time. As always, opinions are my own.

I might have mentioned a few dozen or so times, that I’m pretty much addicted to soup, especially when it’s served with fresh quick bread, warm from the oven.  Is there anything better when the weather is cool, cold, or even warmish?? When I lived in Boston, I could eat it all year long. Now, with the 100+ temps in AZ for several months of the year, I’ve had to cut back a bit, but February is soup season, so I’m in full soup swing – it’s like a big hug or a warm blanket on a cold night.  Soup is also my “secret weapon” for balancing any winter weight that might come from indulging in a few too many sweet treats or comfort foods during these long winter months. Eating vegetable or broth-based soups can fill you up for not a whole lot of calories – in fact, research suggests that people who eat soup tend to have healthier body weights. Continue Reading..


Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

You might know if you follow this blog that I recently moved to Arizona. I grew up in Chicago, moved to Boston after college, and after a very long time complaining about the cold, and the clouds that seemed to hand around for months at a time, and the 4:15pm sunsets all winter, I packed it up and moved southwest. And I LOVE it! Winter now means 5:30pm sunsets – very do-able, and today is a chilly 63 degrees with just a few puffy clouds. Like I said, LOVE it! Continue Reading..

Chicken and Corn Chowder

First things first – Happy New Year dear reader!  I hope 2014 is full of good health, much happiness, amazing adventures, and of course, great food!  I’m sure a little extra cash wouldn’t hurt either 🙂

So happy it’s January, because it’s the longest, coldest, darkest, most never ending month of the year, only to be followed by February which is … Oh yeah, more of the same.  There is nothing so wonderful as typing on my computer while wearing fingerless gloves!  Said no one EVER.  Thank heavens for whomever (or is it whoever) invented soup, because it’s the one thing that keeps me warm all winter long.  This one’s my/our very favorite soup of all time, so I’m excited to share it with you. Continue Reading..

10 Minute Roasted Red Pepper Soup

How was your Thanksgiving?  Hope it was happy, and full of warm family memories, and just enough food. Chances are you’re still finishing off the left overs, but just in case you aren’t, or you’re just sick of cooking and need a break from turkey, I thought I’d share one of my newest favorite soup recipes.  I pinned this from Food & Wine earlier in the fall, and it was an immediate hit with everyone in the family. Continue Reading..

How to Get A Healthy Dinner on The Table In 20 Minutes

It’s beginning to look, and feel a lot like fall.  Cool, crisp mornings, refreshingly dry air, apples on sale, pumpkins at Home Depot, packing the lunches every night (or morning), school bus traffic delays, late to work, driving the carpool, helping with homework that you swear you didn’t learn until grad school, soccer practice until dark, what to do about dinner….  Sound familiar?  If not, that probably just means you’re young and carefree and don’t have kids.  Just wait.

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