Good Evening everyone!
If you’re in New England right now, you know that tension is high as the Pats and the Jets battle it out. I’ve removed myself from the main living room and my parents to enjoy the game and some blogging without so much yelling. I have unfortunately caught some sort of cold/sinus/flu-like thing that has left me sneezing, sniffling, and sinus head-aching. Good thing there’s football and Golden Globes to keep me entertained 🙂
I woke up this morning after a not-so-stellar night’s sleep to a gorgeous sunny but very chilly winter day:
She recently moved to live with her son in Colorado and my grandfather asked me to take this picture to send her a letter. I’m not sure if she has less snow out there but I think she will have a smile on her face looking at her old home all covered in snow.
Since I am in a sick-funk and not up for heavy or interesting foods, I’ve been focusing on soups. First up, I had to save the overly spicy soup Eric and I made the other night:
Pre-revival, it was way too thick and much much too spicy. Most websites I googled about toning down the spice of an already-made soup suggested adding some sort of dairy or cream: not happening for this lactose-intolerant girl! My second thought? Pumpkin!
Pumpkin is the perfect secret ingredient to add to your tomato dishes amp up the fiber and nutrient content. I added the pumpkin first but it still needed something else. I followed it up with a can of Italian-style diced tomatoes. The result:
Today, with my cold in full force, there was no messing around, it was time for the real stuff:
4 carrots, chopped up nice and fine 🙂 The rest of the soup went un-photographed because I lost my lighting and my energy. It was really simple consisting of 3 small parsnips, 1/3 of an onion-chopped, a few mushrooms, ~1 lb. chicken tenders, 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth, 2 cups water, salt and pepper. You throw everything in the pot and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. It was perfectly simple and soothing. I served it along side some kale:
Now I am going to finish up this game and then switch blissfully over to the Golden Globes where I will be rooting for Glee!
Have a great night everyone and stay warm!
lots of love,