Posts Tagged ‘health’

Hearty Vegetable Soup recipe

When I need something easy to make, vegetable soup is always a nice go to, as long as I have everything on hand of course. But the great thing about vegetable soup is you can improvise and use the vegetables you have on hand. I made this last night and it was a hit, so jotting it down here so I can repeat it in the future. This will give us about 4 meals (I froze 1 meals worth, then we will have 1 lunch and 1 dinner ready for this week. Woohoo!)

I used:
2 onions, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 box vegetable stock (organic)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp basil
1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes
4 cups of water (use more as needed)
4 cups organic mixed frozen vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, edemame)
1 1/2 cups frozen black eyed peas
8 oz pasta (optional, but you’ll want to add a little more water if you do)
4 medium potatoes, diced

In a large stock pot, heat 2 tbls oil. Sauté onions until tender, during last minute, add the garlic. Then add vegetable stock and other ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour (or longer to let all the flavors blend together more). Next time I am going to try fresh celery (and eliminate the celery seed), and sauté with the onions. Either way, this soup was yummy!

Today’s healthy lunch box: do it yourself lunchable

Lunchables are a fairly popular item for quick lunch boxes, but contain ingredients I don’t care to offer my kids, not to mention you can make these a lot cheaper on your own! Men’s Health listed the turkey lunchable meal the kids meal with the most sugar and a group of dietitians for the non profit Cancer Project reviewed 60 pre packaged kids lunches and listed the 5 worst here. Bottom line is that pre packaged, processed foods are convenient, but not good for you.

Making your own lunchable with healthier options of real, minimally processed cheese, no hormone and nitrate-free meat (organic is possible), and whole wheat crackers make a better option. Certainly, a lunchable style lunch is a little more fun too.

It’s actually easy and not as time consuming as you would think. My DIY lunchable was Canadian bacon (ham) cut into triangles, cheese slices and whole wheat crackers. I also included yogurt, granola, strawberries, grapes and an organic “Oreo” for our special treat. Our drink was a treat too, took a break from our usual water and offered raspberry lemonade.

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My son had the same, no granola, but I gave him a little popcorn.

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Today’s bento lunch box: ham in pita pocket

There is nothing wrong with a sandwich now and then, but I like to keep it interesting and not use too much bread. So today was a ham pita pocket. Normally, I would add romaine, tomatoes and mayo, but my daughter is slightly picky at certain things and just wants ham and mustard, much like her mommy at that age! :)

With her pita pocket, I included grapes, a gingerbread man shaped watermelon slice, some fresh green beans and marinates asparagus. Our treat was a bit of pumpkin pie. She LOVES the asparagus. You can easily cut the asparagus into 1 inch sections and marinate in Garlic Expression dressing, however, I didn’t have time to go get this, so I created my own knock off version. I used roughly 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbls olive oil (canola may be better), 1 large minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, onion powder and celery seed to taste. I whisked it all together and let the asparagus marinate until we were ready to eat. She loves it!!

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Today’s healthy bento box lunch: pizza bagel!

Today my daughters school served pizza bagels for lunch, so I thought I would send one in her lunch box too!

Pizza bagel with all natural pepperoni on whole wheat bagel, orange slices, fresh pineapple chunks, honey Dijon almonds and a few chocolate chips as a treat. I made the pizza bagel with a whole wheat bagel, used a heaping tablespoon of natural pizza sauce, arranged pepperoni on top, then shredded desired amount of mozzarella on top of that. I put in the toaster oven on 400 for a few minutes until cheese was melted. Whaalaa! Lunch!

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Today’s healthy bento box lunch

I didn’t post my daughters lunch yesterday. Time just got away from me and I forgot!

She had rice and beans (rice, black beans, onions, with bits of sausage and bacon). Plus peanut butter and strawberry jelly roll ups. The apple was her snack.

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Today my son packed daddy’s “concoction,” cucumber and cream cheese roll ups, tomato slices and plum slices. So you are wondering what concoction is? Something my husband invented after learning more about the Paleo diet. He (OK, I) take romaine (or other dark leafy green like kale), carrots, onion, bell pepper, cucumber and broccoli and run it through the food processor. Just use your desired amount of each item. We top that with sun dried tomatoes, sun flower seeds, apple cider vinegar, tobacco and sometimes extra virgin olive oil. My son usually prefers it without the ACV, so basically just eats a bowl of shredded veggies! And he absolutely LOVES it.

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Today’s healthy lunch box: hummus pinwheels, veggies

Today my daughter had organic black cherry yogurt, granola, plums, and hummus pinwheels. I put a few chocolate chips for dessert in the center as well. I typically use lavash for the pinwheels (flat, rectangle bread), but it can be hard to find, so I used another flat bread and cut off the round ends, spread a semi thin layer of hummus and rolled it up! And forgive me for lidding the dippers, got a cold going on and had a cloudy head!

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My son really loves the cherry type tomatoes, so he had organic grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, boiled egg, sliced avocado and yogurt. I squeezed a bit of lemon juice on the avocado and sprayed a bit of pure EVOO on it to help prevent it from going brown. So thankful my boy eats like this. It’s his dream lunch!

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Today’s healthy lunch box

Today’s lunch is yogurt with granola, nectarine slices, and a peanut butter and banana roll up sandwich. I had planned on a hard boiled egg as well, but she opted to eat it for breakfast with her whole wheat pancakes. Her snack is a fresh plum.

The banana roll up is easy to make. I grabbed a whole wheat tortilla, spread peanut butter all over it, placed. A banana in the middle, then wrapped it all up.

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Today’s lunch

Today’s lunch was a little light since my daughter has a field trip this morning and is getting a snack there.

So we had the rest of our PB&J sandwich from yesterday (need that fiber!), hummus and pita, carrots, grapes and star fruit.
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My son had pasta with mixed veggies, hummus and pita, carrots, grapes and star fruit.
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Today’s lunch: chicken fajita quesadilla

Last night we used some leftover chicken in quesadillas. Today we packed the rest in our lunch box. I’m a little jealous there was not enough for me to have some for my own lunch! Leftovers are a great thing to utilize in the lunch box. My daughter even loves cold lima beans or peas in her lunch box. Ever eat cold pizza? Toss it in your child’s lunchbox and you will be a hero. If you make yr own pizza sauce, you can hide some really nutritious foods in there like spinach, peppers and onions.

Anyway, on to the lunchbox.

My daughter had the chicken fajita quesadilla, sliced apples with peanut butter, mixed berries and some tortilla chips. Oh, and some chocolate covered almonds for a treat. I tossed the apple slices in orange juice and let sit for about 10 mins, slightly rinsed with water and patted dry to help prevent browning.
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My son had the fajita quesadilla, tortilla chips, apples and peanut butter and romaine leaves in his box. He just likes plain leaves, no dressing… Hey whatever, right?

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Today’s lunch: Mexican soup

Leftovers. Definitely use leftovers when practical or possible. I bought this awesome insulated Thermos Food Jar for packing hot foods like soups or rice and beans.

Today’s lunch is Mexican corn and bean soup (get the recipe from weelicious.com), whole wheat crackers and mandarin oranges. And of course our thermos of water. This bottle is a Thermos Funtainer as well. It’s insulated and always still has ice in it when she gets home from school!

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