Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wicked Weather and #WIAW

My dream of having March be Spring like has come and gone. I am sure you are sick of me complaining about the unrelenting storms as much as I am. Poor Mr. J has spent almost every morning before work outside cleaning off the driveway. This morning it wasn't too much but it was super heavy. A few days ago it was about 7 inches and heavy.  We are both done.  This weekend I bought basil to help make things feel more warm. It helped. I am tempted to get some more this weekend.

To help fuel the shoveling I made peanut butter bars and maple oat muffins. Recipes are coming soon. Some people prep for the week with cutting up veggies, etc. I just bake. 

Since I am just ready for this baby to come I decided this last few days (hopefully) are all about indulgence. I still start the day with my green smoothie. I have been adding a handful of rolled oats lately for a bit of extra fiber. 

The indulgences came when I treated myself (sent Mr. J out) to Starbucks for their new tiramisu latte.  It was half-caff with only 2 pumps but still super good. This was followed by an egg and cheese sandwich on a hard roll. I swear there is an egg with cheese in there. Mr. J said it was my own fault for not ordering two eggs which is his default. 

Lunch was salad with homemade chicken noodle soup.  Seriously why haven't I made chicken noodle soup earlier in the year. It was fantastic!

Snacks included this yogurt parfait that probably consisted of way more strawberries than yogurt and granola.

More fruit!

Dinner was his and her pizza. I am still all about cheese.  The fresh basil was a nice touch.  I wanted to get a measuring tape out with this one. Mr. J was in charge of the toppings and although it is hard to tell from the photo his pepperoni were totally creeping on half of the pizza. 

What have you been eating lately?  Any indulgences? 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup {Panera Copycat}

Creamy tomato basil soup that comes together quickly and only uses pantry staples.  Perfect for a snowy afternoon.

Did you get more snow this weekend? We got about 6 inches. It started early Sunday afternoon. It was beautiful and we snuggled under covers in front of the TV.  It would have been the perfect winter afternoon except that it is March.  And I am done with the snow. 

To help ease the tension from the additional snow accumulating outside the window we made a quick, easy and delicious soup.  Have you ever had the tomato basil soup from Panera?  

It used to be my favorite.  Until they started posting the calorie content on the menu board.  One day my coworker pointed out how many more calories this soup had than all of the other options. I still get it now and then but I take the calories into consideration when I place the rest of my order. 

Now this soup is probably not any better.  There is a bit of sugar to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes. There is also butter and cream.  I am sure you could cut back on both or use milk but it will change the flavor. The recipe as is rich and creamy; just what I was going for in this tomato soup.  And the flavor is on point.  

We had this soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.  Talk about memories of childhood sitting around the table and dipping the grilled cheese into the tomato soup. 

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup {Panera Copycat}

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: soup/stew basil tomato
Ingredients (serves 6)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 14 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 15-20 Basil leaves, chopped
In a large soup pot combine the tomatoes, chicken broth, and garlic bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar and butter and mix until they are dissolved, melted and well combined.

Very slowly pour in the heavy cream or half and half. Continue stirring until combined and the soup is creamy.

Stir in the basil.

Serve immediately topped with Parmesan cheese and more basil if desired.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

20 Soups I Love!

I am convinced come March warmer weather will finally come to the Northeast.  However we have 2 more days of colder temperatures to deal with and possible snow.  I plan to do very little this weekend except hibernate inside.

Surviving this year has been a bit rough.  Soup has made it feasible. I always say it warms me from the inside out.  

Of course I love soup anyway. I am the weirdo in Panera enjoying a bowl full of soup when it is 101 degrees outside.  Soups are definitely in the favorite food category. Here I rounded up some of my favorites over the years in case you need a little warmth this weekend.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup {Panera Copy Cat Recipe}

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Spinach and Tortellini

Baked Potato Soup

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Mexican Chicken Corn Soup

Turkey Veggie Chil

Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

Cheddar Cheese Soup

Red Curry Thai and Beef Soup

Thai Green Curry Chicken Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Escarole and Bean Soup

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