Thursday, February 9, 2012

Having a problem getting your veggies in?

Hello all!  It's that time again!  Time for the recipe of the week!  I don't know about you, but I have been having a hard time getting my veggies in during the long, cold, winter months.  Salads are just not as appealing to me this time of year.  One way to mix comfort with health is do make a delicious veggie soup!  NOT canned soup....way too much sodium.  make your own so you can cut the sodium.  Boot Camper Alicia gave me this one.  My mom and I made it the other night and it was delish!  For lunch today I had it again and added a little left over brown rice to it.  Make a HUGE pot, freeze it, and you have dinner at the drop of a hat!

Veggie Soup (This recipe reflects it being doubled)

1 bag of matchstick carrots

1 cup diced onion

Garlic (I use a lot because I love it!)

48 oz of Beef Broth (low sodium)

2 cups of diced cabbage (I just got a small head and used the whole thing)

2 cups fresh spinach

2 TBS tomato paste

¼ TBS basil

½ TBS Oregano    *I just used Italian seasoning instead of these two

1 cup zucchini

-Spray large pan with Pam

-Sautee carrots, onion, and garlic over low heat – about 5 min

-Add broth, cabbage, spinach, tomato paste, seasonings

-Bring to a boil

-Reduce heat simmer covered for 15 min

-Stir in zucchini and cook about 3-4 min


Monday, February 6, 2012

Superbowl HANGOVER

So, how is everyone feeling today?  A little hungover from an overindulgence of alcohol AND food yesterday?  I must admit...I didn't exactly eat "normally" yesterday.  Too much cheese and white carbs.  I also drank 2 beers, which i don't usually do and it left me feeling a little bloated and sluggish this morning.  You enjoyed yourself yesterday, but today is a NEW DAY!  Time to get right back on the band wagon!  Get some exercise in and go back to eating a balanced, healthy diet.'s not Superbowl Sunday that fattens you's that many of us give up when we "fall off the food wagon" for a day and then it just leads us on a downward spiral.  Fight it....exercise EVERY day this week and eat your fruits and veggies.  You can do it! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Popcorn Cauliflower

Oh...this is another great one from Boot Camper Linda.  I made it last weekend.  I was a little nervous when it started to char, but THAT is what makes it taste superb.  Also, because it's called "popcorn", I expected it to be crunchy.  It is not. It's delicious to snack on or to have as a side dish.  Enjoy those veggies!

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower contains selenium and vitamin C, both of which work together to strengthen the immune system.
  • Cauliflower has been associated with the maintenance of a healthy cholesterol level.
  • Being rich in folate, cauliflower is known to help improve cell growth and replication.

Popcorn Cauliflower


1 Head Cauliflower cut into florets
Olive Oil
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Place florets in a large bowl and drizzle with Olive Oil. (4-5 Tablespoons). Transfer to a large cookie sheet (I put a thin layer of Olive Oil on the cookie sheet).

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle with Sea Salt (or Kosher Salt).