Tortellini Soup

Good lord, did this day get away from me. How is it 5:30PM? How??

Anyway. I was going to call this “I’m Sick Soup,” but then I didn’t want to make anybody think that the soup was what made me sick.

And it’s definitely a good thing I’m not calling this “Food Poisoning Soup,” right?

To be clear, the soup didn’t give me food poisoning. A stupid, awful, frozen meal that I left out for way too long did.

This soup is what made me feel better.

But… let’s stop talking about food poisoning in a recipe post, shall we?

Anyway, this soup is great. It’s easy. It’s literally “dump it all in a pot” easy. My favorite kind of recipe these days.

And I got all of the ingredients at Target because I simply didn’t have it in me to go grocery shopping anywhere else.

Tortellini Soup

makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 16-oz cans vegetable broth
  • 1 26-oz can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 26-oz can-full of water
  • 1 package Buitoni (or whatever) whole wheat tortellini
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetable (I used peas/ carrots/ green beans)
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tsp Italian spice blend (parsley/ rosemary/ thyme)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan/ romano cheese (plus more to top with)

Directions:

Bring vegetable broth, condensed tomato soup and water to a boil.

Add tortellini, mixed vegetables, spinach, Italian spice blend and garlic powder and cook for 8-11 minutes over high heat (until tortellini is cooked through).

Add cheese and cook for another minute or so more.

Serve, topped with a little more cheese if you know what’s good for you. 😉

Almost as easy from soup from a can — just a little fresher!

Enjoy. 🙂

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So Hollywood Right Now

I spent the great majority of my weekend dealing with food poisoning.

It’s awful. I totally do not recommend it.

I’m sending a big thank you, however, to my friends Lauren and Gabriel, who had the unfortunate experience of having me as a house guest throughout the worst of it. I am a lucky girl to have such good friends.

So, anyway, I spent most of the weekend — again! — on my bed and on the couch. I have so had enough of my apartment for the past month. I miss my social life.

However, what this did do was afford me the ability to catch up on some “light reading.”

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Those are all scripts for work. I know, right?

So Hollywood right now.

Speaking of Hollywood, I didn’t watch the Oscars. I was too busy watching my new favorite show, “Brothers & Sisters.” I’m a little behind the times. No big deal. I am such a sucker for TV family dramas.

Anyway, as for the Oscars… I may not have watched them (other than the one award I really cared about — I’ll get to that in a minute!), but I did look up the red carpet looks. Here are some of my favorites (all from Buzzfeed):

Kristen Wiig

Jessica Chastain

Natalie Portman

Kate Mara

Emma Stone

Berenice Bejo

Kelly Ripa

Her dress was actually my favorite!

But, onto my favorite element of the entire night:

Octavia Spencer won an Academy Award!

Now, for the big reveal: I was in a movie with Octavia Spencer a few years ago.

Yup, you heard (read) me right! I appeared in a movie with an Academy Award-winning actress.

So Hollywood right now.

Did you guys watch the Oscars? Did you enjoy them? Favorite moments?

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Friday Fun: Truth (and CHO Giveaway winner!)

Oh, guys. I’m sorry. Twice this week, I didn’t post.

I’m a jerk.

In my defense, I just. didn’t. have. time.

I’ll make it up to you, though. Promise.

And I’m even still kind of ruining it because my Friday Fun isn’t that fun this week. It is, however, something that means something to me that I want to share.

This is a clip from one of my favorite shows, “Brothers & Sisters,” which I only discovered last weekend while home sick. I haven’t stopped watching it in my free time (AKA when I should have been sleeping) since.

I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes from it today, as I feel it is extremely relevant in my life at the moment.

“The world is too fragile for people to be untrue. There’s too much at stake, and life’s too short for lies.”

So poignant, so beautiful, and so true.

Truth matters. Be true to yourself and be true to others. There’s no point in anything else.

In happier news, our Chobani Giveaway winner is….

Hooray! Congratulations, Lisa! I’ll email you to get things rolling.

I’d really love it if you guys would share some of your favorite quotes this weekend — especially if they have to do with truth.

Happy Friday. 🙂

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WIAW

Yesterday was another one of those days when I didn’t eat dinner. I wish those days would stop happening on Tuesdays. It makes me look like I don’t eat dinner. I do! I swear! It just doesn’t always work out, with a schedule like mine these days.

Anyway, truth be told, I also just wasn’t very hungry yesterday. I usually deal with stress by eating a lot. Honestly, one of my biggest eating issues is that I tend to emotionally eat. You guys know this. I’ve talked about it.

In the past couple of days, though, I’ve gone the opposite way. As I’ve dealt with something stressful and difficult (don’t worry, I’ll be fine), I just haven’t had much of an appetite.

That said, I still eat.

No workout yesterday. Still getting over the cold and still waking up in a NyQuil fog.

I started my day off yesterday with breakfast of  those Chobani Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats that I told you about, complete with a spoonful of peanut butter.

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I loved these. Overnight oats with flavored yogurt takes them to a whole new level. This bowl smelled and tasted like apple cake batter. Yum and a half.

And, of course, the peanut butter just took it even further. But, I mean… duh. It’s peanut butter.

I had plans for a frozen Amy’s meal for lunch, but I really started craving fresh vegetables. So, when a co-worker ordered from a place called Poquito Mas, I decided to add on to the order.

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I got the Nature’s Grill Burrito: “Fresh grilled eggplant, mushroom, zucchini, red and green bell pepper, red & white onion with Black beans, Jack cheese, Fresh salsa, and a touch of Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream.”

It was delicious andso filling. I couldn’t even think about the chips it came with and it had me full for the rest of the afternoon/ evening.

Around 6pm, I decided to eat a snack of some baby carrots and a spoonful of hummus.

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As I walked out the door, I had a handful of Wheat Thins (unpictured), as I was going out for drinks and didn’t know if I’d have time for dinner.

I suppose I could have ordered food at the restaurant, but I nursed a glass of Pinot Noir and honestly just wasn’t really hungry enough to order anything for dinner.

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The wine was nice, though. And helpful.

I feel guilty for not having a dinner to show you (I’m weird), so I’m sharing today’s breakfast again. I like to think that makes up for it, somehow (again, I’m weird).

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And this really should. Because… do you know what kind of cereal that is, hanging out with the banana and milk?

PEANUT BUTTER CHEERIOS.

I KNOW.

Changed. My. Life.

I learned about them in Instagram (can’t remember whose… maybe Bobbi‘s? Janetha‘s?) and bought them immediately thereafter. You should, too.

What are you eating today?

P.S. — Don’t forget to enter my Chobani giveaway!

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Aren’t CHO Glad? Giveaway!

Check out what’s happening in my fridge:

I know, right? And they’re all delicious.

There are three flavors…

0% Blood Orange:

0% Apple Cinnamon:

and 2% Passion Fruit:

(Please excuse the blurry picture. It was on a rainy day that I took these.)

I’ve had the pleasure of tasting these, through multiple breakfasts (but I’ll just share three — one of each!)

I tried the Blood Orange in overnight oats with oats, chia seeds, and flax seed.

You may recall this next breakfast — I tried the Passion Fruit in my Valentine’s Day breakfast, with my Chocolate Granola and strawberries.

And, this morning, I had the Apple Cinnamon in overnight oats(simple — just the yogurt and 1/3 cup oats) with a spoonful of organic, natural peanut butter.

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Desk picture!

Smelled like cake batter, tasted like happy.

Want to pop open your own new Chobani flavor?

Of course you do.

So aren’t CHO lucky (ok, I swear, I’m done with that) that Chobani sent me these flavors to try for free (well, I guess I’m the lucky one there) and then offer to you guys as a giveaway?

Of course you are.

Three ways to enter (US residents only, please — sorry, international friends!):

1. Comment here telling me a funny joke. (Make me laugh! I need a few good laughs this week).

2. Tweet about this giveaway, including me @HoneyKaitlin and Chobani @Chobani, linking to this post. Then, comment here linking to your tweet.

3. “Like” me on facebook, then comment here telling me you did.

The giveaway will close at 3pm PST on Thursday, February 23. I’ll announce the winner on my Friday Fun post this Friday, February 24.

Happy entering!

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Friday Fun: 25 Ways to Tie a Scarf

People.

This. Is. Going. To. Change. Your. Life.

I totally mean it. I found this to be one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen in my life.

Seriously.

25 ways to tie a scarf. And in 4.5 minutes! UNREAL!

Enjoy:

My mom and sister are going to LOVE this.

I almost invariably do the very first one — the Modern One-Loop. I guess I’m not very imaginative… but I will be now!

Which way do you usually tie your scarves?

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Cheesy Quinoa

I made up this recipe out of desperation, if I’m being honest.

What I really wanted was my new go-to comfort food, Upgraded Mac & Cheese. Alas, I didn’t have any Mac & Cheese. I also didn’t have any noodles. I was SOL, if you know what I mean.

While I won’t pit them against each other (they’re both my babies), I would definitely say this meal is a bit… classier. Thankfully, it’s just as easy!


It’s also just as delicious. Seriously. What a winner of a recipe, and all because I was forced to be creative.

Cheesy Quinoa

makes 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry tri-color quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbs low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan & romano
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (regular milk would work just fine — I just used what I had)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • shredded mozzarella to top with (optional)

Directions:

Over high heat on a stovetop, bring the quinoa and water to a rolling boil. Stir, lower heat to a simmer, cover pot, and let cook for about eight minutes more or until the water is nearly gone. Add spinach and cook for about two minutes more.

Add kidney beans and cook about two minutes more, stirring often.

Add cream cheese, almond milk, parmesan & romano, garlic powder, oregano, salt and and pepper. Stir, mixing everything evenly throughout. Cook about one minute more to let the flavors settle.

Serve topped with (optional) mozzarella.

There are lots of flavors in this dish. There’s also lots of protein! I’m a big fan.

 

Plus, it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it? There’s something very… Italian about it to me.

Have you ever come up with any favorite dishes out of desperation?

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