Experimenting in the kitchen

As I have mentioned in the past since my FUNemployment began I have a long to do list of things, including getting healthy.

And one of the many ways I am working on getting back to healthy (and hopefully lose a few pounds in the process) is by experimenting with recipes and cooking.

I will be out of town next week and the amount of blogging (and cooking for sure) will be minimal if at all.

So I thought this week I would share three recipes I have been experimenting with lately.

My friend and GFG! reader who suggested the Recipes tab told me about a soup she easily makes in the blender.

Recipe 1:

I experimented with her idea and came up with this:

  • 3 medium raw tomatoes
  • garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • jalapeño
  • fresh basil

Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Apparently some blenders, such as the Vitamix, have a heat function. My Ninja doesn’t. If your blender has the heat function you can blend and warm your soup at the same time. I had to pour my cold soup into a pot and heat up. I guess you could also put in the microwave.

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Eating out … a lot

I had three lunch dates this week and one dinner date. That’s a lot of eating out for me, especially during the week.

On Tuesday I had lunch with my friend/co-worker Melissa. We had sushi. Delicious, filling and healthy. I love sushi.

Yesterday I had lunch with my friend/co-worker Stephanie. We had pho (pronounced fuh, rhymes with duh). I was pretty sure pho was fairly healthy. I did a little research.

According to the Livestrong website, pho is high in electrolytes. This site gives the nutritional information to many varieties of pho. So I have to kinda guess where my lunch fits in. I ordered a small bowl, which was anything but small. And I probably only ate half.

Curt and I went out to dinner last night.

(Sometimes Thursdays are my easy day to take off from exercise. But because I had lunch out and knew that we would be eating dinner out I had to jump on the spin bike at work and burn some calories.)

Curt and I had dinner at Sea Salt, one of our favorite restaurants in Berkeley. They have a quirky and delicious menu. I ordered the halibut and quinoa–a fairly … Continue reading

Cooking in my kitchen

I did a lot of cooking this weekend. Well, a lot for me anyway.

Lory Benson Pilates posted a good and easy recipe on Facebook recently. I made the Quick Carrot and Tomato Soup yesterday.

It was fairly easy to make and I liked it. For me personally I needed to add some spice to it. So next time I will likely add at least half a  jalapeno.  I think the next time I have it for a meal I am going to pour it over brown rice.

Today I made Warm Lentil Salad with Roasted Root Veggies, a recipe I found in my Yoga Journal. It came out really yummy. I roasted my veggies a little too long, which means the veggies shrunk a little. But other than that it came out well and tastes delicious and is rather filling.

****Cold update**** My cough is getting better and better every day. The past three nights I have slept through the night without waking up coughing. Good sign! Between the NyQuil, Vick’s VapoRub and my asthma inhaler I am surviving the nights and sleeping rather well.

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I am officially a Soup Freak

There is a restaurant near work where you can get pretty good, tasty, organic and fairly healthy soups, salads and sandwiches.

On Monday I decided to try the lentil soup. After that I was hooked. It was delicious, filling and pretty healthy. And I was asking myself why I hadn’t tried this soup before. Yesterday I got my “regular” lentil soup and the manager declared me a soup freak after getting lentil soup three days in a row.

Today I had lunch with my mentor who has also become a friend. We ended up at Soup Freaks. And Day 4 of lentil soup. I am still not sick of it.

Today is also Day 4 of my continued healthy eating. Tonight for dinner I took two chicken breasts and dipped them in egg white/milk mixture. After that I rolled them in crushed corn flakes with a little salt, pepper and Kickin’ Chicken. Then baked them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 375. We had the chicken breasts with green beans. The chicken was really yummy. (I buy frozen chicken breasts, which are individually sealed. Usually the night before I pull two chicken breasts out and put them … Continue reading

A cold needs rest

Last Friday I started getting a chest thing and a slight cough. I was in denial and told myself it was allergies. When I woke up Saturday I knew it wasn’t allergies, it was a chest cold.

I didn’t go to the gym. Instead I went to work and worked on some files. Once I came home I lounged while watching movies and knitting.

Sunday morning I felt a little crappy. Did my regular grocery shopping. Curt and ran an errand and had lunch. By the time we got home I was exhausted and took a nap. The rest of the evening was lounging, movie watching and knitting. I decided that night I wouldn’t go into work the next day.

Monday was lounging, movie watching, knitting and a little work filing. By Monday evening my chest cold became a full on cold. Tuesday was lounging, movie watching, knitting and one work call.

When I woke up Wednesday morning I was so tired. But I had to at least show up for work for a bit. I went in for about 5 hours. Then I came home and it was lounging, movie watching and knitting. (Yes, getting a little stir crazy.)

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Comfort food

This morning I went to the grocery to get this coming week’s food and to make a big pot of soup, enchiladas, rice and beans.

Unfortunately last week one of our friends lost his mother. In times like these it is hard to know what to do or what to say.

So we say we care, we are here for you, we love you, we are sorry … with food. Mexican comfort food. I make what I know well, what my mother taught me.

So this morning I started the big pot of Zesty Tomato-Thyme Soup. Then the enchiladas, rice and beans. The soup is mostly for me (about 45 or so calories per cup). But I did make extra soup to take over to our friend’s house sometime this week.

For the past week I have been working hard to make healthier food choices. So it was a little odd to be cooking deliciously unhealthy comfort food for someone else. Normally I probably would have made two batches of enchiladas–keep one for Curt and me.

But instead today I had soup for lunch …

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Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup

Lisa shared this Zesty-Tomato Thyme Soup recipe with me.

I made it for dinner tonight. It was easy and quick to make. And it was yummy. I may play with the ingredients next time. But I thought it was really good as is. Next time I make it I will likely double the recipe to make a little more. I have some for lunch tomorrow. And another lunch or two later in the week.

Try the recipe. And if you do let me know what you think and if you made any adjustments.

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Healthy recipe sharing

Guest Post: Lisa

Lisa shares an easy and healthy soup recipe. I had told Lisa that my garden vegetable soup was good and filling. But it has been getting a little old. So she shared another recipe with me. And now I am sharing it with you. I plan on making it this weekend. (I have no kitchen at the moment since we are in a hotel room in San Diego.)

Note from Lisa: This recipe is really filling, but is probably not too terribly high in calories. The tomatoes are the most calorically dense things in the soup. (Also, I strongly recommend adding some sour cream or yogurt as a garnish — it gives the soup a really substantial feel).


The Description :
This is a chunky soup with a light, fresh taste.

The Recipe:
1. Coarsely chop one medium onion and two cloves of garlic in … Continue reading