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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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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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Quinoa White Bean Chili

I’ve actually been sitting on this recipe for a while now.

That’s really quite selfish of me. I’m sorry. Because, honestly, this recipe is really very good.

But, hey, I’m sharing it now, right?

So you can’t really be mad at me.

(If I had a new and awkward picture of myself, this is exactly where I would say, “Plus, you can’t be mad at a face like this!” Alas, I have no such picture… so really, I’m not sure why I bothered with this tangent. Annnnnyway….)

My friend Lauren and I made this dish over a month ago. We got it from Clean Eating Magazine. You can find the original recipe here, but we changed it pretty drastically — and, to be honest, we did so because the original was pretty bland.

Quinoa White Bean Chili

makes 5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 15-oz cans white beans
  • 1 16-0z can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 6 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • grated parmesan to taste (or, if you’re Vegan, don’t)

Directions:

In a large pot, combine quinoa and water and cooke over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add bell peppers, beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and oregano to pot. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

When chili has thickened and the quinoa has a white halo-like appearance, stir in spinach and cook for one more minute, until the spinach has just wilted.

Serve topped with fresh grated parmesan.

And no,  you totally do not have to serve it in a glass jar…


But isn’t it pretty like that?

 

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Spinach Artichoke Bread

Remember how I said there were two parts to the dinner my mom and I made for our family one night while I was at home? Here’s the other half.

The recipe I’m about to share with you comes from The Rachael Ray Magazine as one of her 30 Minute Meals. You can find the original recipe here. I’m essentially copying it here with just a few tweaks, but I want to make sure you know the original source.

This recipe was one to which we stuck fairly close, other than a slight healthification. We simply didn’t eat it as a main dish, but had small servings alongside our healthier soup as a main dish.

Let me tell you something: this bread? Really. Effing. Good. However, one piece packs a lot of punch, so you can easily stick to a small piece and feel fully satisfied.

Spinach-Artichoke Bread

Serves four as a main dish or 8 as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette, halved
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs EVOO
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1 ½ cups 1% milk
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 (?)-oz bag frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the bread on a baking sheet. Hollow out the insides of the bread halves slightly to create “boats” of a sort.

In a medium skillet, melt the butter with the EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Whisk in the flour for about a minute, then whisk in the milk and nutmeg. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.

Pull the spinach apart and shred the artichoke hearts, then stir both into the cream mixture. Cook until heated through, then add the parmesan. Remove from the heat.

Spread the spinach-artichoke mixture into the hollowed-out bread halves.

Top with mozzarella.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned slightly.

Slice and serve.

I’m drooling just thinking about it.

It’s not the absolute healthiest of dishes, but it’s definitely a healthified version of something that could be much, much worse for you. And hey, at least you’re getting your greens in! This would be a great way to get picky kids to eat their veggies.

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Pasta E Ceci Soup

I’ll go into this a bit further tomorrow, but I’m about to change the structure of KWH a little bit. Don’t worry – I’m pretty sure this is good news! Part of said good news is that I’m going to try to post at least one new recipe a week and will often be posting two recipes per week.

However, this does not mean that all of these recipes will be my own. While I love creating my own recipes, I’ve also found that – newsflash! – there are a lot of great recipes that I haven’t tried because I’ve been so busy trying to be creative and make up recipes for KWH.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I will continue to create new recipes – I just also really want to focus on making other peoples’ recipes, too. So, when I make recipes from other sources, I’ll make sure to give you those sources and then write them out here as I make them. I often tweak recipes, but I certainly don’t want to call them my own if they aren’t.

I have a feeling a lot of these recipes will be from magazines, books, websites, and even other blogs. However, when they come from other blogs, I won’t be writing my own versions of the recipes on here. I’ll just link for you and let you know only about the parts I did differently. Capiche?

Now, let’s jump in with the first recipe post from a magazine! Soup. Yummy soup.

I ate really well while I was at home. Maybe a little too well, if you know what I mean.

On one of those nights at home, my mom and I prepared a dinner together. This dinner was made of two different components, both of which we made from recipes my mom had pulled from a magazine.

I’ll break them up so you can have each recipe on it’s own, though.

The dish I’m sharing with you today was essentially the main dish: a soup. Pasta E Ceci Soup, to be exact. While we stayed pretty close to the original recipe for the other dish, this recipe was changed a fair amount. We changed it for taste, convenience, and to make it an easier recipe to prepare.

My mom found the original recipe for this Pasta E Ceci Soup from Williams Sonoma. You can find that recipe here. However, we found that recipe to be quite bland and changed it a fair amount.

Pasta E Ceci Soup

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs (plus ½ cup) EVOO
  • 4 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 16-oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • pinch coriander
  • pinch oregano
  • pinch cumin
  • 1 sage leaf
  • ½ lb small shell pasta (such as Cavatelli)
  • 1 cup ground romano cheese (optional)
  • grated parmesan for serving (optional)

Directions:

Really finely dice your carrots, onion and garlic. According to my mom, this matters. She fixed my diced carrots. Yes, seriously.

In a large pot over medium heat, warm the 3 tbs of EVOO. Add carrots and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened (about 8 minutes).

Add garlic and diced fire-roasted tomatoes. Cook while stirring frequently for about a minute.

Add chickpeas, water, rosemary, thyme, onion powder, paprika, mustard powder, coriander, oregano, cumin and the sage leaf.

Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes.

Add pasta, romano and the 1/2 cup olive oil and cook soup until pasta is tender.

Serve topped with grated parmesan.

It’s a pretty easy soup totally made from scratch and I love that it doesn’t call for any kind of sodium-filled broth!

P.S. — Don’t forget to enter the Chobani Giveaway!

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Chobani Giveaway

Yay! First giveaway of the new year! And it’s CHOBANI!

As you know, my New Year’s Resolutions can basically be boiled down to “be healthy this year.”

It’s been very easy so far, much in thanks to Chobani. I’ve had some pretty kick-butt yogurt bowls.

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I want you to be able to keep up your healthy resolutions, too. Everyone should be able to have delicious yogurt bowls!

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I mean, okay, obviously you can all go out and buy some Chobani. And seriously — you should. These big containers are very cost-effective if you eat yogurt as much as I do… which, of course, you should, because it’s so good for you.

However, I also want to be able to help one of you get some Chobani for free! The company was nice enough to reach out to me and offer me these free samples plus a set to offer for one of you.

These 32oz containers are new and so convenient! They include….

0% Plain:

0% Vanilla:

and 2% Plain:

My favorite is Vanilla, as you probably know (since I eat it all. the. time.) but I love all of them and you will too!

The containers also each have a unique recipe on them that use the yogurts. These are the ones I got:

There are also a bunch more on their recipe page.

To enter the giveaway and help your New Year’s Resolutions by winning these awesome new yogurt containers, you can enter in two different ways (so, up to two entries per person):

1. Enter a comment below with your favorite ingredients in a yogurt bowl.

2. Tweet about the giveaway, linking to this post and copying me (@honeykaitlin) and Chobani (@chobani) in the tweet, then comment here again linking to your tweet.

USA & Canada residents only please (sorry, international readers!) but Canadian readers, please know that unfortunately Chobani can currently only offer the 0% Plain and the container will not have a recipe on the packaging.

UPDATED 1/9/12: I forgot to add an end date/ time to the giveaway! Please enter by noon on Thursday, January 12. I will randomly pick the winner and announce it on Friday, January 13.

Enter away!

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Lentil Dip

First recipe of the new year! And it’s healthy! Hooray!

Honestly, I’m not sure how to approach blogging about this recipe.

I’d like to call it a happy accident, but that’s not entirely true. I made it up in my head and hoped for the best. At first, the best did not happen. The way I had planned on making this did not at all come through.

I think the way I’d actually approach describing the way this dip came about is that it happened through a bunch of mis-steps and a bunch of attempted solutions.

No matter what, though, it certainly had a happy ending. It was really quite nice. Thank goodness.

So, this is where I started:

FYI: I never used the corn. I half forgot and half gave up on it. But actually, I think it was for the best. I don’t think corn would have worked.

Oh, and I’m just going to tell you right now: I straight up eyeballed this recipe. I made it in the cabin and only found out once there that we didn’t have any measuring utensils. I think it worked out just fine, though. I’ve been cooking for a while. However, I not only eyeballed it, but halved the recipe I made up because we only had five people. So… well, I guess we’re just going to have to trust me, here, huh?

Anyway.

Here’s how it went down.

First, my plan was to serve everything raw. I’m not sure why I thought this was a good idea. I think I was tired.

Basically, I threw all of the ingredients (again, eyeballed) into the cabin’s blender to see what happened.

I had really high hopes.

Too high. Wanna know what happened? This happened:

Yea. Not so blended. As in, not blended at all.

I also tried tasting it and hated it. All I could taste was raw onion. Since, you know, the onion was raw. Duh.

My friend Michelle suggested that cooking the blend would not only cut that whole raw onion taste thing (she’s much smarter than I am), but would also soften the whole mix and allow me to try to blend it better.

So, I baked it, and then I used a hand mixer to blend it.

And then, because I’d given up on the dip at this point as a lost cause, I made Will taste it.

When he gave a positive review, I chanced a taste. Thankfully, I agreed! It was good! What a happy surprise.

So, I served it with these:

And I was happy. And so was everyone else! We made a pretty serious dent.

I thought it was a great dip for a party but I also think it’d actually be pretty yummy on a sandwich — kind of like hummus, but a little thicker.

Alright. Now for the recipe (Finally, right? I’m such a talker.)!

Lentil Dip

serves about 10 people as an appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s (or about 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils)
  • ~1 cup finely diced carrots
  • ~1 cup finely diced onions
  • ~1 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups Red Pepper Spread (with Eggplant & Garlic) from Trader Joe’s (or another red pepper spread)

Directions:

(I’m giving you the directions as they should be, not how I had to do it.)

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

If you have a food processor, throw all of the ingredients together into the food processor and process until blended but still a little chunky. If you have a blender instead, use that and don’t worry — it really probably won’t get too blended.

Put the processed mix into a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Use a spoon to mix everything together, serve in a bowl, and put some chips around the dish.

It’ll be a healthy party hit!

I have to check that spread, but I think it might even be vegan.

Have you ever had a happy accident (or whatever this was) like this in the kitchen?

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