Leftovers and Lunch.

Confession time. I hate leftovers. They make me a bit crazy. I’m impressed by people who can eat the identical thing for lunch that they ate the night before. But seriously? Don’t they get bored? To each their own, but when I sit down to a meal I want the food on my plate to look (and taste) differently than the last time I saw that same food. The challenge is that it makes life a whole lot easier (and usually healthier) if once or twice a week you prep and cook large batches of food for future eating. So what is a leftover snob supposed to do? For me, the answer (aside from keeping a well stocked pantry) is to prep and cook individual items rather than meals. Cut the vegetables, but don’t make the salad; cook and rinse the beans, but just store them for easy portioning; and cook the protein with just enough seasoning to keep it tender. Cook extra ingredients, not meals. That way there is always something to grab and go. Or, if you have time, lets you create something a bit more involved. Continue reading

Peas on earth.

There is an adorable picture that has been around for years that has a bunch of peas sitting on top of the world with the caption “Peas on Earth”. In the interest of copyright I haven’t included it, but do a google search, you’ll find it. If you haven’t seen it let me tell you, it’s pretty cute. Cute enough that my sister bought herself a t-shirt with it emblazoned on it (I haven’t included a picture of her either not because she’s copyrighted but because I figured she might hunt me down). Given that Sunday April 22nd is Earth Day I therefore thought it was only fitting to write about peas.  In this case pea soup.

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Chicken Soup and CPR.

As a personal trainer every year I have to redo my CPR.  When I showed up for the class a few weeks ago my instructor said “I was sick last week and my husband made me your chicken soup recipe – thanks for that”.   As we sat there doing chest compressions all I could think of was “what chicken soup recipe”.  Then, a couple of weeks later I got an email from a client asking if I could please send her my recipe for turkey soup.  Hmmm. Taking it as a sign I went through some of my old newsletters to see what they were referring to.  Ah ha!  This soup has been floating around my kitchen for so long I don’t even think of it as a recipe anymore.  Originally from the cookbook The Best of Cooking Light (2000), it is super easy, healthy and satisfying.  Exactly what you want in a chicken soup.  Now you will probably get around to making soup before you take CPR.  Personally I strongly suggest doing both.  However unlike this recipe, I hope the CPR never comes in handy. Continue reading

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Fall Soup.

Fall officially showed up for the party in the past week.  Cooler days, crisper air, cozy sweaters, and heartier comfort food.   Like soup.

I like soup.  A lot.  Especially soups I can drink from a mug while reading a good book. Soups don’t get much love over the summer months, but they sure get a lot of it once it gets cold.  Even still, I don’t make soup very often.  I’m not really sure why.  Maybe because it always feels just a bit too labour intensive.  To be fair though, it is probably less work than many other meals that I make.  This soup is one of the easiest. Continue reading