Soups & Salads

All of my soups and salads are here for you to try out, from those cozy winter nights to a salad big enough to have as a meal! PS. I’m a HUGE salad and soup eater so come back as I cook and create some new ones for you.

 

So Very Blessed – Featured Friday

So Very Blessed – Featured Friday

  Friday Friday Friday!!! Hello Hello!! Another Friday upon us friends! Some of the time I have to really think about how I came across the blog that I'm featuring each week. Well this is one of those weeks. Becky joins us today from So Very Blessed! Welcome Becky! Like me Becky loves and adores food, feels drawn to take pictures of it and yes her kitchen is her happy place too!! She is a married lady, her other half is Daniel and they share two adorable pups called Roxy and Boots, too cute! Becky lives in Arizona and spends her day as a Sign Language interpreter, she finds her hands constantly signing away even if you don't know it, so she sits on them often HA! She hopes once her husband finishes school they will get to move back home where her family resides in Colorado. I

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Cindy’s Recipes & Writings – Featured Friday

Cindy’s Recipes & Writings – Featured Friday

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I love me my Friday's! This week I'm featuring a pretty special lady I've known since I joined the #SundaySupper team. Lets give a warm welcome to Cindy!! Applause applause.........Cindy is the blogger, writer and chef behind Cindy's Recipes & Writings. The name may sound familiar because she helped this Momma out last summer and did a guest post for me!! Read it here.  Maybe I should have emphasized writer because this gal is a writer! She shares a few of her samples on her blog too! I've always known Cindy for her awesome contributions to our #SundaySupper table but it's been nice reading some of her writings this past week as I got to know her and her blog as well! The poem she wrote To My Granddaughter, just beautiful and it was a Blue Mountain poetry

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Chicken & White Bean Salad Wraps & CoreBody Reformer

Chicken & White Bean Salad Wraps & CoreBody Reformer

I got this recipe from the little recipe book that came with the workout machine I bought awhile back. I actually bought it to use while I was pregnant because I thought it was a good way to stay in shape but be safe. However pregnancy had other plans for me......dead crazy sleepy exhausting days for me so by 7pm when I put my daughter to bed, my bed found me instead of this awesome machine I wanted to use so badly. However, I dusted it off and pulled it out from underneath the bed a few weeks ago and I'm in love with this machine! Think of doing sets of bicep curls, squats and all the other weights you do BUT........doing it balancing on this baby! Yep it's like doing those reps on a balance beam. It actually took me a week to really get used to it, meaning it took me 3 different times to

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Momma’s Mediterranean Salad

Momma’s Mediterranean Salad

This recipe came about a few weeks ago when I was craving something to have with my sandwiches, I can make any sandwich healthy, well I try at least. I make wraps with grilled chicken, I even made an awesome new vegetable sandwich last week that I'm now addicted to that is loaded with veggies and topped with hummus as a condiment (stay tuned for that!) I've been trying so hard to eat healthy since I've had my son and was lucky enough to take an additional 10 lbs. off besides the almost 10 lbs that he was when he was born!! So I wanted something to have with my sandwich because I don't want to have chips and I do need that "variety" so why not something that is going to be packed with protein and that is healthy!! There are so many different kinds of bean salads, I love beans, from black

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Featured Friday – A Special Guest Post

Featured Friday – A Special Guest Post

I am more than honored to introduce you to today's Featured Friday Co-Host. I didn't cook a recipe this week, not because I didn't want to, but because I'm getting more tired as I near the end of my pregnancy and I asked a few fellow bloggers to help me out and guest post for me. She is a woman that I've grown to respect and look up to as a person and as a food blogger. Let me introduce you to Isabel from Family Foodie, she was the first to graciously volunteer  a Guest Post for me today to help me fill the time and space as I prepare and enjoy the arrival of my son. Lets give her a warm welcome and lots of hugs!! This gal is one to tip your hat off to. She is the founder of the #SundaySupper group that I've belonged to for just over a year now!! WOW where has the time gone, check

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Cinco De Mayo for #SundaySupper!!!

Cinco De Mayo for #SundaySupper!!!

Not only is it #SundaySupper time but it's also a theme that I personally love!! Who doesn't LOVE Mexican food? Well this Momma does and so does her family so this week you are going to love these dishes!! This even is being hosted by a personal fav of mine! Jen from Junita's Cocina!!! Thanks for hosting such a mouth watering event Jen! When I was trying to decide what to make I thought back to some of the dishes that I've made in the past, I was tempted to make one of them again, but wanted to try something different. I used this event and this day as an excuse to make a few Mexican dishes! I've always wanted to try my own homemade Salsa before, I've also wanted to make a Mexican salad all on my own (meaning not from someone else's recipe) and I also wanted to try Tacquito's too

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Healthy Bean & Sausage Soup For A Souper #SundaySupper!!

Healthy Bean & Sausage Soup For A Souper #SundaySupper!!

Yup you guessed it! It's a Soup kind of #SundaySupper! I don't know about you but I could seriously live on Soup! Starting in October I enjoy making fall themed Soups. Winter comes and it's flu season, this season I've never eaten as much soup as I have! When all you want are those fresh veggies and that warm broth on your throat. Spring comes around and you want to do away with the soups and break out the grill, but I'm tempted to try some chilled soups this season! Well we've got them all right here! Pam over at the Meltaways. Yup that name sounds familiar because Pam was Featured here for a Featured Friday not so long ago! I am happy to see her hosting this awesome event! I have so many favorite soups, I make new ones all the time, it's one "food group" I love experimenting with,

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Corn and Green Chili Chowder Crock Pot Style

Corn and Green Chili Chowder Crock Pot Style

I found this recipe via Pinterest! Surprise surprise! I wanted a crock pot recipe and I loved loved loved the addition of the green chili's!! I changed it around a little bit because I like my corn chowder thick, it reminds me of my grandmothers that she used to make! I never even liked corn chowder until I had her recipe! Her secret addition was the bacon, so the bacon is a must for us! The green chili's don't really make it spicy so don't be afraid, just leave our the hot pepper if you don't want it too hot. My husband proceeded to add red pepper flakes on top of his, yikes!!! Not me!! If you don't like your chowder thick you can leave out the potato flakes, the half and half and creamed corn thicken it a bit, it just wasn't enough for me so I added the flakes until I got it to the

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Italian Soup

Italian Soup

If you recall awhile back #SundaySupper had a theme representing "Comfort Foods". Well this soup just called my name!!!! A nice comforting, steaming bowl of soup, but Italian soup on top of it!! Win Win for me baby! This was a dish from one of my foodie friends Jennifer over at Mangiamo! Jennifer this is one of the best soups I've ever had, it had a nice kick to it too which my husband and I LOVED! If you don't like the kick just leave out the red pepper and you'll be good! Italian Soup Recipe Adapted From: Mangiamo! Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onions 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (I use the ones seasoned with basil and oregano) 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth 1 tbsp

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Gifts From The Kitchen for #SundaySupper

Gifts From The Kitchen for #SundaySupper

You know that time of year when you want to get someone a gift, not spend a lot of money, but make it special and from the heart........well here is your chance to start making your Christmas list!! The #SundaySupper group got together to bring you just the right gifts for the special people in your life.......who doesn't love food as a gift??? No more knicknacks you can do without, no more gifts you won't ever use! This great even is being hosted by Susan over at the Whimpy Vegetarian.  Thank you Susan for hosting such a great event. I saw this idea during the summer and said to myself, I'm making these for the holiday! I'm thinking about making them for my daughters daycare providers. I'm calling them. A Soup For You! Let your friends and family curl up next to the fire with this yummy

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French Onion Soup to warm your Soul for #Sunday Supper

French Onion Soup to warm your Soul for #Sunday Supper

When you think of soul warming, what kind of food do you think of? When it's a cool crisp day and the leaves are blowing around and your nice warm and snug in a bug wrapped in a blanket on the couch, what do you like to be sipping on? Snacking on? Devouring? I didn't have a fireplace growing up but I'm hoping some day in our future house we can sit by the fire and sip on our favorite Soul warming food........French Onion Soup! It's funny because my husband doesn't even like onions. Actually when I first started eating French Onion Soup years ago I didn't like onions either, but the taste of the broth, the cheese melted on top of the mushy bread that has sunk into the soup is enough to make me eat a big ol' bowl of it! Over the years the broth was so good I even started eating the onions

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What’s up Momma? Soup for a windy day anyone?

What’s up Momma? Soup for a windy day anyone?

Another week come and gone! The only difference between this past week and any other normal week for this clan is my baby is now two! OMG I have a two year old! Never thought I'd say that! Our Elmo birthday party was a great big success! I even had fun putting it all together. My baby girl deserves nothing but the best. She had so much fun, I honestly don't ever remember seeing her have this much fun before, she wasn't shy, she was indeed very out going, she play with all of her friends, I got a chance to actually talk to all of my friends and my family. Here is how our Elmo party went! We had it at the clubhouse in our condo complex and my best friend, aka Aunty Shelby helped me set up, hopefully next year we will be celebrating the big 03 in a new home!! How cute is my birthday

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Hearty Pork Stew for #Sunday Supper

Hearty Pork Stew for #Sunday Supper

When you think of fall what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you had asked me this about 5 years ago my answer would have been a lot different than it is today. Fall time to me years ago meant the end of summer and the beginning of the cold, and that was enough to set me into a "winter mood." Now........Fall means the end of a HOT brutal summer, driving down the street turns into a beautiful scenic ride, amazing smells coming from the kitchen, all day Sunday's in the kitchen with the sounds of football in the background. That sounds like Fall to me. I always wondered why I'd want to live in New England when I hated Winter so much, but I'm glad I'm so close to my family that I could never move far away because now I really appreciate Fall. The colors are just so beautiful.

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Chipolte Chicken & Spinach Salad

Chipolte Chicken & Spinach Salad

Here is another summer beauty for you!! This had just the right taste to it. Simple but good. Did you know that I probably haven't had the same salad more than twice LOL!! I go on a kick of a certain one every now and again but other than that I always change it up! Ingredients: 2 Cups of Fresh Spinach 5 pieces of cooked bacon (I used pre-cooked bacon it's low on calories and fat) 1 Tomato, chopped Feta Cheese Chicken Breast Chipolte Seasoning Light Balsamic Dressing What To Do: I had a little bit of frozen chicken breast leftover, so why not put it together to make an awesome salad. I warmed the chicken and sprinkled the Chipolte seasoning on as I warmed it (use what you like) Meanwhile, pour the spinach into a bowl, cook the bacon. (I use the microwave). Chop up

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Featured Friday – In Fine Balance

Featured Friday – In Fine Balance

Our Co-Host for today reminds me a lot of myself a woman who balances it all!! Trish is the Mommy, Cook and career woman behind her blog In Fine Balance. She consideres herself to be a professional accountant. Mother. Wife. Family nutritionist. Student. She, like any other mother out their, finds herself asking the same questions we all do about taking care of ourselves and our families. What Trish has learnt about Nutrition is that  food is not just about dinner. Food nurtures our bodies, our souls and our families.  Food is about tradition as much as it is about taste. Simply said, and simply true!!! You have to check out some of her awesome recipes, I drooled when reading her recipe for Apple Fritter Muffins!! Trish, like me, also write about her family and life, when I read her

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Momma’s Wedge Salad

Momma’s Wedge Salad

I've been dying to make my own wedge salad for ages now, I finally researched it and put together the ingredients I like the best, I made it lighter by using reduced fat blue cheese, turkey bacon and I found a Light Blue Cheese Dressing to top it all off. LOVE IT!! My new favorite salad!! Guilt-Free!!! Serves: 2 What you need: 1/2 a large head of iceberg lettace 3 tbsp. of reduced fat blue cheese chunks Few slices of red onion 3 Chopped Scallions Handful of baby tomatoes, halved 6 pcs. of Turkey Bacon What to do: Slice the iceberg lettace half into 4 chunks (my pictures show 3 but I only ate two and it was plenty! Meanwhile cook the turkey bacon according to packaged directions in the microwave. Let it cool and chop into bite size peices. Chop Scallions, red onion and

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Featured Friday – Culinary Colleen

Featured Friday – Culinary Colleen

I am more than thrilled to introduce our Featured Co-Host this week because she is originally from Somerville, MA which is not too far from where I grew up in MA, and not that far from where I currently live in NH. Colleen started www.culinarycolleen.com as a way to document all of her culinary experiences from eating out to documenting her own family recipes.  Even though Colleen currently resides in Somerville, MA with her boyfriend, she did live in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York City at one point. She also travels a lot for her profession, because of that Colleen started to miss cooking and putting together her own creations so she recently started booking hotels with a kitchen! Smart girl!! Let’s not forget , Bailey  :) (I had to mention her kitty because I have 3 and I adore

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Chicken Spring Salad

Chicken Spring Salad

It's Tasteful Treasure's Day folks!!! I'm doing a theme this week of a salad a day so I figured why not make a new healthy yummy salad from my new favorite cookbook!! Here it is!! Can we just say YUM!!! This serves 4 people. Ingredients: Dressing: 1 Tbsp. of sugar 2 Tbsp. of Red Wine Vinegar 1 Tbsp. of Water 1/8 Tsp. of Salt 1/8 Tsp. of fresh cracked pepper 2 Tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salad: 4 Cups of Romaine Lettace 4 Cups of Spring Mix 2 Cups of quartered strawberries 12 oz. of skinless boneless chicken 1/3 Cup of red onion, sliced thin 4 tbsp. of pecans 4 tbsp. of dried cranberries 1/2 Cup of crumbled feta cheese (reduced fat) What to do: To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly

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Featured Friday – Gastronomical Sovereignty

Featured Friday – Gastronomical Sovereignty

I have had the pleasure in getting to know Kristy a little from http://gastronomicalsovereignty.blogspot.com .The instant I read some of her posts I knew I wanted her to Co-Host with me because I actually laughed out loud! She cracks me up! Even though it was 13 years ago that Kristy ate what we all eat as teenagers, Kraft Mac N Cheese, her flavors for food have since broadened. (Thank god!) At the young age of 25 Kristy moved west and Attended Victoria University where she discovered her love for local, organic and fresh foods.  As an outlet, Kristy started her blog in 2010 and she’s happy to report that it’s going well, she enjoys sharing the recipes that indulge our lives with goodness, the restaurants that inspire her, and the random musings involving food politics. Join me in

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Mediterranean Grain Salad

Mediterranean Grain Salad

This sounds like an awesome summer salad. I can see myself making this and eating it all week for lunch!! Soooo since today was a daycare day I attempted this!! I couldn't find bulgar at the store, well I found the organic kind but wasn't spending $7 on  yet another bag of rice when I have 5 kinds at home! So I decided to make this with barley. The only difference was it needed to be cooked longer that's all. I can also see making this with brown rice. It was awesome, the cheese just really brought it all together, I'm now addicted to goat cheese I believe! :) Oh and I also doubled the recipe so I could have more for lunch this week! Ingredients 1/3 cup medium-grind bulgur Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 small shallot,

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