Sunday, January 9, 2011

Yummy Tomato Veggie Soup W/No Name

We just made this soup for dinner and Keith and I LOVED it. So freakin good. I had to share. :) I followed the recipe below w/the differences in parenthesis. I also doubled it.

Yummy Tomato Veggie Soup W/No Name

* 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
* 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (used way less then this. sprinkled some on tomatoes and some in pan)
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 stalk celery, diced
* 1 small carrot, diced
* 1 yellow onion, diced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (I used dried and just dumped some in)
* 1/2 cup heavy cream, optional (skipped)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Strain the chopped canned tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, to taste, drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes. (more like 25 for me.)

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the roasted chopped canned tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken broth, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add basil and cream, if using. Puree with a hand held immersion blender (or regular blender in shifts!) until smooth.

Original HERE

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Turkey, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini

I found a great resource for meal plans at

I'm planning on trying out a couple of the recipes this week including this one. Simplicity is what I need this week.

Turkey, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini

• Your favorite thick sliced bread
• Sliced Mozzarella cheese
• Deli sliced turkey
• Pesto
• Sliced tomatoes

Place everything together and grill. (Note from me: a George Foreman grill would be perfect, but I'll just be doing this on the stove-top.)

• Kid version: Grilled Cheese
• Sides: Carrots, apple slices and organic tortilla chips.