Tag Archives: Vegetables

Creamy Avacado Dressing

May is here, spring has sprung, and the trees are starting to turn a beautiful bright green. My eating habits tend to follow the weather, if its warm and bright, then my body just craves salads. When winter comes, eating salad just becomes a chore, I run from them towards soups and stews and all those comfort type foods. While I am craving salads, I also have this weird inability to eat the same thing two days straight, so I need to create a variety. I find the easiest way to change it up throughout the week is with different salad dressings. I can make a couple different ones and just store them in the fridge for the week. I made this dressing with a good amount of lime juice because I was fearful the avacado would turn green on me without plenty of acid, and it turned out I really liked the tart lime with the creamy avacado. I was able to keep this dressing in a jar for a week and it stayed a bright green for me. Continue reading

Spicy Chicken Soup

It has been so insane in our house over the past few months, birthdays, holidays, sicknesses, more birthdays, more holidays more sicknesses. I love the elementary school that my kids attend, but I really feel like it needs to be hit with a giant Lysol bomb. I am so excited to be back to our schedule! Also, it feels great to be back to home cooked meals. Between prepping for parties, and wrapping presents and baking cookies, I had no time to actually feed my family. I want to say that all of the kids are super happy that they aren’t having more nights of mini wheats for dinner, but lets be honest, they would be content eating cereal dinners forever. After all of the heavy foods over the past few months it is so nice to be able to have a nice light bowl of soup, also I don’t know what it is about spicy food but I always feel like the heat is kicking my metabolism into overdrive.

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

I used to really have a hard time liking broth based soups. Don’t judge me too harshly, but I can’t stand chicken noodle soup.  This is a safe space for me to admit that right?  I know everyone loves chicken noodle soup and its supposed to have magical healing abilities and all that, but it really just seems so boring to me.  Maybe I just haven’t had the right one yet (I really hope my mom doesn’t read today’s post).  For a long time, I just stuck to cream based soups, and then one day I tried a bite of French Onion Soup, and I realized broth based soups might have something to offer.  I now love a variety of broth based soups, the caveat is that they need to be totally loaded up on flavor.  This minestrone is souper flavorful(see what I did there?).  This soup is loaded with veggies, and honestly not too hard to make.  You can make this on a Saturday afternoon and have  an easy healthy lunch for the week. If the beans don’t offer enough protein, add a little shredded chicken to the soup and you are good to go.  Only bad thing is my kids won’t touch it, they all hate tomatoes, I blame their father. Continue reading