3 Healthy Fall Soups – You Have to Try

 

The Autumn season needs no introduction it makes its entrance beautifully on its own. It’s bold, yet ever so graceful! It isn’t long after the first few fall crops are ready for harvest that almost overnight we see the bold reds, oranges and yellows emerge on the trees around us! This season beckons us back to the simplicity of life; to take time to savor the beauty happening around us. Some of us are also being beckoned back to simple meals of warmth and comfort! These three fall soups provide all the warmth and comfort you could hope, for without truly crossing that line into the high calorie “comfort food” zone.

What fall recipes have you tried so far!? Share your favorites in the comments! I love testing new recipes and sharing all the good ones!

1. One-Pot Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

NOTES: For this Recipe I made a few adjustments of my own either by necessity or because I felt it would improve the recipe. I did not have fresh basil so I used dry basil; 4 tsp. I also added about 1 Tbs of each oregano and Thyme. Start with less and increase as needed as you taste test! I use white pepper – personal preference. I used a different pasta sauce than the recipe called for; a tomato and basil blend. I used whole milk and skipped the half and half simply because that’s what we had on hand. I think this recipe would still taste great with a 1-2% milk and no cream. If dairy isn’t a part of your diet I also think it would taste fine just as is; with just the broth and sauce. I also didn’t have “chicken broth” and used vegetable broth instead- works well if you’re vegetarian or vegan!

COOKING TIP: If you’re using dried basil use 4tsp. 1 tsp dried basil = 3 tsp fresh basil This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of fresh basil which is 4 Tbs. There are 3 tsp in each Tbs which would give you 12 tsp of FRESH BASIL. If you’re using dried basil this would mean you only need 4 tsp! ( 12 tsp fresh basil divided by 3 tsp = 4 tsp DRIED BASIL) Hope that is helpful!

2. Thai Curry Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup

NOTES: If you’re watching your calories you can use lite coconut milk in place of the full fat. I didn’t mind buying the special ingredients since I will definitely be making it again in the future!

3. Creamy Cauliflower Soup

NOTES: This soup has a SECRET… There is NO CREAM. This soup is incredibly healthy and you’ll never even know the cream isn’t there! America’s Test Kitchen is one of the best places to get your recipes from since they do all the hard work for you! They literally use the kitchen as a science lab testing recipes until the best methods with the best flavor and the least amount of effort is found! I highly recommend checking them out!  A final note about this soup, don’t skimp on the cauliflower for garnish on top! It makes the soup look good and taste even better!

 

Happy Harvest dears! I hope you enjoy even one of these as much as I did!

5 Tips for Stress Free Meal Prep

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One of the biggest obstacles to eating healthy at home is the prep work and clean up! Even the easiest meals require some prep work and clean up. Glamorous cooking shows and food demo’s make it all look so effortless, while the rest of us are still trying to multitask and learn the art of “clean as you go”!

These 5 tips are require little to no extra effort on your part but have a big impact on simplifying your meal prep process and clean up!Read More »

Make Meal Planning Easy

Part of living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight is planning healthy meals for yourself and your family.

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The Pro’s of Meal Planning:

  • Meal time can become a time to relax, talk with loved ones and enjoy real food
  • No last minute panic over what to make for dinner
  • Less time wasted trying to decide what to make for dinner every night
  • Works well with a busy schedule and still can be healthy
  • Allows you to track your food intake easily and stay on track with your healthy lifestyle
  • Reduces stress so you can focus your energy in other areas

The end result of meal planning can absolutely make life easier, the problem is that creating a meal plan can seem overwhelming and complicated. There are a number of reasons why people throw in the towel when it comes to meal planning. Here are a few of them: Read More »

Setting Goals and Achieving Them

imageEarlier this month I shared 3 Keys to Keeping Your New Year Resolutions

  • Determine your why
  • Make it manageable
  • When bite size goals turn into a heaping plate, remember that each individual success impacts the next

I hope you are finding those tips helpful! Today I’d like to briefly discuss the topic of setting goals and being successful at achieving them. Setting a goal is simple but it’s the fine tuning that leads to success! Read More »

Moving Fast & Going Nowhere

3 Easy Ways
to
Eat Healthy On The Go

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Tis the season of endless errands and a great anticipation of the feasts to come! This combination can leave us less than merry when it’s all said and done. With such busy schedules, there is almost no time to cook meals let alone make sure they are healthy! Today I want to give you some tips for eating healthy on the go. Read More »