Happy Friday, Delish Dish-ers!
Can you believe it is practically March? The weather certainly isn’t cooperating at the Better Homes and Gardens offices (we’re still experiencing below zero temperatures!). And now my whole house is battling the dreaded late winter cold. When I’m not feeling too hot, I begin to crave anything cheese, soup, or breakfast-y. Lucky for me, these were some of the great recipes I found this week from the wonderful blogger community!
Now, I told you that when I’m not feeling great I tend to crave breakfast foods. I think that’s because my mom would always make pancakes when my sisters and I were sick. But here’s a breakfast recipe that isn’t on the sweet side. A Spicy Perspective shares with us a really beautiful Savory Breakfast Scone recipe. Yum!
I am a mac and cheese addict. I even have a personal Pinterest board completely dedicated to everything mac and cheese. Which is why I cannot wait to try Nutmeg Nanny‘s Gorgonzola Bacon Mac and Cheese.
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Happy New Year everybody! I hope your holiday season was full of delight, and that you’re excited about the upcoming year.
Now that the Christmas decorations have been put away, and the cookie jar has been emptied out, my husband and I are looking forward to getting back into our normal routine, including a diet un-rich in Puppy Chow, Sugar Cookies, and Peanut Butter Blossoms. Somehow these rich, sugary treats become standard fare for us every holiday season!
One way I’ve gotten us back on track is by menu planning on Sunday mornings for the upcoming week. First I pick out at least four recipes to make for dinner, and brainstorm ideas for lunch, and then I make one trip to the grocery store to shop for all the ingredients. I can’t tell you how much time and money this saves me versus stopping by the grocery store every evening, or turning to take out when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner or lunch.
One dish I always have on my menu plan is a hearty, healthy soup like Minestrone. Chock-full of yummy veggies and satisfying flavors, I love making a big batch to enjoy on Sunday night, then packing leftovers for healthy, filling lunches all week long. It’s a perfect meal for this time of year when we’re all looking to eat a bit lighter, but don’t want to walk around starving all day!
I am particularly obsessed with the Minestrone recipe here on BHG.com. I am not joking when I tell you it only takes 15 minutes to make! Bonus points for the ingredient list containing fridge and pantry staples like chicken broth, canned beans and tomatoes, dry pasta, and fresh spinach.
This Minestrone recipe is a great base for adding any and all veggies to. I tossed in frozen corn and peas to pack in even more nutrients, but zucchini, carrots, celery, and onion would make this great tasting soup, even better.
To add staying power, consider adding cooked ground turkey breast, lean ground beef, or spicy Italian sausage. Minestrone by nature is a great “kitchen sink” soup – so throw everything in that you’ve got!
(Changes made to the original recipe: used crushed tomatoes instead of diced, replaced water with chicken broth, used Great Northern Beans instead of cannellini, and added 1 cup frozen corn and 1/2 cup frozen peas. I also added a small piece of parmesan cheese rind for extra flavor!)
The weight loss season is upon us again. I’m happy to say, thanks to some stellar new magazines, my arsenal of healthy recipes has never been so robust. It’s Sheena, food editor for bhg.com, joining in again. Given the frigid temps outside, I’ve been consuming bowl upon bowl of cozy soups. While visiting my parents we hosted a soup potluck for my extended family. Having tasted this 211-calorie Butternut Bisque with Spicy Pear Salsa in the Test Kitchen, I knew my family would love it.
We were serving quite a crowd so we doubled the recipe and took some shortcuts. To kill two birds with one stone, we pre-chopped a bunch of bacon and tossed it on a baking sheet all at once to cook in the oven to be used for this soup and other recipes. Rather than spending the time to chop 3 pounds of squash for our doubled amount, we opted for purchased, ready-to-use butternut squash. Other than that, the recipe was so simple we didn’t need anymore shortcuts.
My family is made up of a mix of adventurous eaters and those who think a salsa served on top of soup is absurd. Thinking I couldn’t sway them all, we served the crab-filled bisque in the slow cooker with the bacon and pear salsa in separate bowls.
A couple of my uncles required a bit of convincing to add the pear salsa, but eventually I got everyone to try it. And, no surprise, this soup was the hit of the party! I, of course, didn’t hesitate to add all the toppers. The pear salsa adds unbeatable bright freshness and, as we all know, everything is better with bacon!
For more delicious recipe inspiration for this resolution season be sure to check newsstands for Eat Well, Lose Weight magazine. Or click here to download a digital copy.