Quick Tomato Soup- N2MCC16

Oh.Em.Gee. I’m so excited! It was 50 degrees this morning when I went for my run! 50!!That’s warm! I ran in capri pants & a light long sleeve shirt! *Pumps fist & dances around*

It was NOT 50 degrees when I made this soup last week, for the 16th week of my New 2 Me Cooking Challenge 2014. I hope that was the last cold day of the spring!

It’s called quick Tomato Soup for a really good reason. It’s quick! 😉 It’s also pretty low-calorie, due to the fact that the recipe uses chicken broth instead of cream or milk.

I ended up simmering my soup for the full 30 minutes.

You might want to invest in an immersion blender for this soup. It’s a little annoying to have to pour this in small batches into my food processor, then into another bowl, then back into the pot on the stove.

We ate this with grilled cheese sandwiches & cornbread croutons! It was delish!  Cornbread croutons?? Yup. Just cut up day-old cornbread, spray a cookie sheet w/ Pam, and bake the chunks until they’re crispy! I may have eaten a handful of those croutons before they even made it to my soup bowl.

Hubs likes tomato soup, so this is definitely ending up in our weekly rotation (once the weather gets cold again).

Happy Spring!!

-Holly

Fried Rice- N2MCC15!!

When Hub’s & I get take out from a restaurant it’s ALWAYS one of 2 things… Pizza. Or Chinese. I already make pizza at home, and I’ve managed a few favorite Chinese take-out dishes (Beef & Broccoli, General Tso’s Chicken, and Crispy Orange Chicken).

When I make all those dishes at home I always feel like they’re missing something. That something missing… its Fried Rice.

Lucky for me I found the original version of this recipe over at Gimme Some Oven.

I changed a few things. Most notably… I used Brown Minute Rice. Yah, the kind that only takes 5 minutes to make. I feel like it’s kind of cheating, but then again, that’s how I roll. 😉

I left the carrots out of my version ‘cause I forgot to get some when I went to the grocery store. I just added some extra peas.

I prepped this recipe around lunch time, so I could do all the frying after we got done at the gym around 7. I scrambled the egg and chopped up the green onion then stuck them in the fridge (together). I cooked the rice (according to the package directions) and then spread it out in a 9×13 pan to chill in the fridge. I cut up the onions & garlic, and stuck them in the freezer with the peas. Because the onion & garlic was frozen it took longer than 5 minutes.

Overall this Fried Rice gets thumbs up from both Hub’s and I. Next time, I’m only planning on making ½ this recipe because we still have some leftovers in the fridge!

That’s it for week 15 of my New 2 Me Cooking Challenge 2014. Check out my version of Fried Rice HERE!

-Holly

New 2 Me Cooking Challenge October

Week 40- Cheater Chicken Pot “Pie”
When you read how easy this recipe is you’ll know why it’s called Cheater Chicken Pot “Pie”… it’s so easy and it’s not really a pie. I guess I should’ve called it a casserole. Oh well.
I used those mixed veggies that you steam in the bag, and microwaved them for half the required time before I stirred them into the casserole dish. I’m not sure that it really mattered, but I wanted to get the veggies a little more cooked. It took the biscuits about 10-12 minutes to turn golden.
I used the 9X13 casserole dish because I wanted to keep each serving size kind of small/ low calorie, you could probably squeeze this thing into a 9inch pie plate or square casserole.
This dish got thumbs up from both of us. It’s going to be perfect for those winter days when I want something warm AND quick.
 
Week 41- Cornbread Chili Bake
There’s no recipe for this week because I messed around with this Cornbread Chili Bake from A Kitchen Addiction, and I didn’t like the way my version turned out. Go check out the original one… I think IT looks delish.
I did learn 2 things when I made this…1) I don’t like black beans and 2) I really don’t like the Jiffy brand corn bread mix.
When I try this again, I’m going to use my favorite homemade cornbread recipe and make a few other tweeks. OR, I could try the original version.
Hubs ate his servings, but didn’t ask me to save the leftovers, so I def need to make another attempt.
 
Week 42- Slow Cooker Veggie Beef Soup
This recipe is another one from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. It’s a winner. I changed up the cut of meat, and the amount of potatoes & veggies. When I first put it in the pot I realized that it’s a little chunky to be a soup, but it’s too brothy/ thin to be a stew. I think that’s just because I changed up the ingredients… after all I was only supposed to use 2 medium sized potatoes, not 24 oz of baby Golds. Ha! I left the skins on them, and cut some of the bigger ones in half.
This soup is def going into my rotation. I liked it well enough, and Hubs even reheated some for lunch the next day. WIN.
 
Week 43- Lasagna
I adapted this recipe from All Recipes. I’ve been dying to try a lasagna for a while, and the cooler weather is the perfect excuse! Honestly though, it’s a little complicated for me. I mean there’s noodle to boil meaty stuff to combine, and cheese to spread. It was kind of a lot of work. Not that it didn’t taste great or anything. It was pretty awesome. However, I had a few problems…
First- I didn’t have a pot big enough to cook the noodles in, so I broke them in half and cooked them that way. Have you ever seen those no boil lasagna noodles? I probably should have used those, but they kinda weird me out. That might make me sound a bit strange, huh?
Then there’s the whole time issue. It just took me a bit longer to prepare then I like to spend.
Finally, unless you’re feeding an army, this is waaaaaay too much food! I ended up putting half of it in the freezer. Hopefully it’ll be just as good reheated.
Overall it got 2 thumbs up. Hubs ate seconds.
 
Week 44- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Alright. I have a confession. I didn’t plan on making anything new this week. I had no freaking idea what I wanted to make. I looked through blogs and my cook books all week and not one single thing jumped out at me.
so, sad with the knowledge of my failure to think of something “new” I went to the grocery store for my weekly shopping. Then… it happened. Cauliflower was on sale AND I just happen to remember glancing at a roasted cauliflower recipe on Picky Palate.
I reduced the amount of oil and salt (I used table salt instead of kosher). I also added the parmesan. ‘Cause what goes better with garlic than parmesan? Nothing.
My head of cauliflower was pretty small so I only ended up cooking it for 15 minutes before I turned the broiler on. The open flame of the broiler totally freaked me out! Is that silly? I’m still getting used to using a gas oven…
This got 2 thumbs up. Between the two of us we ate Every. Last. Piece. I get the feeling that I’ll be making this a lot.
 
That’s all for my New To Me Cooking Challenge for October.
 
Happy Making!
-Hey Waitress!!