Lunch

Homemade Soup!

I was craving something creamy and warm for lunch today and then I happily remembered that I put the leftovers of my Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup into the fridge to defrost the other night!! Yay! I heated up a big bowl of that and had a toasted whole wheat english muffin on the side with some promise light. The soup was SO good….it froze and defrosted wonderfully! I thought I froze 2 portions last time…but it only gave me one large bowlful today…maybe I just ate more today than I did initially. But then again, I remember making this when I was really sick with tonsillitis last month so perhaps I was just out of it and only froze one serving size. Regardless, it made for a tasty lunch!

This morning in class I snacked on a juicy orange! My breakfast really did wonders though and I would have been fine without the snack. I just wanted something sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ Flax truly is amazing!

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  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    desserts! yum! jenna which did you like better the olive oil cake or the vegan cookies? or anyone else who has tried both! i want to make one for dessert on valentineโ€™s dayโ€ฆ

  • VeggieGirl
    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    mmm, looks like such a warm, comforting bowl of soup – love the intriguing mix of apples and roasted sweet potatoes.

  • jenna
    February 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Both desserts were good…just depends on what you are in the mood for!!!! Cookies (bc of chocolate) are more valentine’s day friendly..but you could dress that cake up with powdered sugar and perhaps drizzle melted chocolate on top for a real treat!

  • Mallory
    February 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I just made the olive oil cake! I can’t wait to try it!

  • SDF
    February 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I am so impressed with all of the cooking that you did Jenna! In a typical day I probably do about 1/2 of the stuff you do, and I’m STILL too lazy to make myself anything (or if I do make myself something it’s the quickest thing I can think of- which is why I eat stir-frys probably 4 times a week). My question to all you ladies is how do you do it? Where do you find the motivation to actually make yourself something delicious? I still eat healthy, but I’m just too lazy to make myself any of the fun stuff you always are having. Teach me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stefanie
    February 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I just made your carmelized tofu recipe to take to work tonight for dinner. It came out great! The tofu is especially awesome, and I’m not someone who’s very good at cooking with tofu (or anything else for that matter). Thanks so much!

    PS – The olive oil cake rocks too!

  • Heather
    February 11, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    I eat oatmeal a lot for breakfast (usually with frozen raspberries and blueberries or a banana). I LOVE chocolate and would like to try adding some cocoa powder to my oatmeal. Has anyone tried it?

    Looking for some suggestions…

  • Rhodeygirl
    February 11, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    does anyone have a good semi-healthy recipe for sugar cookies? i want to make heart shaped ones for valentine’s day!

  • Kay
    February 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks everyone for sharing your eating styles!!

    Ashley H:
    About Cristin’s blog, I was thinking the same thing. I was feeling like maybe I should not be snacking too often but then I discovered Jenna’s and Kath’s and they fit my eating patterns better and easier for me to relate to. I still look at Cristin’s just to get recipe ideas but her eating style is very different from mine… She even wrote she does not like chocolate……that is crazy because I love it!!!

  • No more sugar?
    February 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Jenna

    I love your blog I have been reading it for a couple of months now and love the way you eat. I like some of your other readers have expressed have an eating disorder. I am a binger, so when I made your biscotti recipe (they were yummy! I added some dried cherries too, I also have a recipe that has no butter in it, the only fat comes from the eggs and almonds) I couldn’t just have 1. I have tried group therapy and am currently in counseling and these things really help. I have tried intuitive eating before, and sometimes it works for me and sometimes it doesn’t. Recently, I noticed that I was eating a lot of sweets, more than I need (and having one thing would leave me wanting more). For now, I am trying to give up sugar. Alcoholics give up alcohol, drug addicts can give up drugs but unfortunately people with eating disorders can not give up food. However, I can give up chocolate/sugar, at least until I can be more in control of what I eat. Anyway, I love those new veggie burgers and I went to buy the hemp milk but noticed that there was sugar in there so I cant try it. I hope to one day enjoy sweets in moderation as you do but for now . . .Though I do love to bake and can’t wait to make your olive oil cake and take it somewhere and the vegan cookies look amazing! Thanks for your inspiration and showing that you can eat and enjoy your food and have sweets in moderation.

  • Kay
    February 11, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Heather,

    Sometimes I add a little Ovaltine to my oatmeal but no sugar because Ovaltine has some in it already. It is tasty!

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Jenna,
    have you ever made the olive oil cake or the cookies with whole wheat flour? would that make it gross!? lol thanks.

  • Trina
    February 11, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I made the olive oil cake this weekend, it was awesome! Everyone who had it said that it tasted like French Toast!! Lol. This is a good thing though and I can definitely see where they would say that. It was really good.

  • julie
    February 11, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I was wondering what kind of flax you use?

  • sara v.
    February 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hi jenna, I started reading your blog not to long ago and its really helpful. My question is about chocolate. I have a sweet tooth that kicks in every afternoon, and I wanted to know if its okay to have a piece of dark chocolate everyday. I like the lindt 75% dark choc. Is it okay to have a square everyday? I find that it really satisfies my sweet tooth. Also I tend to snack a lot at night after dinner, what would u suggest would be the healthiest thing to snack on? I consume a lot of fruit during the day, so by evening time I’m all out of fruit!!! Thanks again.

  • Serena
    February 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    blueberry babe – jenna answered the ww flour question for the cake a day or so after she made it and i’m pretty sure she said she wouldn’t recommend using ww flour b/c it would change the consistency of the cake. wish i could find the exact answer, but i think that’s the gist of it!

  • melissa
    February 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    SARA V:

    While I’m not certain about the dark chocolate question you asked, I do have some suggestions for after-dinner snacking! My sweet tooth usually kicks in after dinner and I always go for my sugar-free, fat-free JELLO pudding. I make a batch at the start of the week and have a couple spoonfulls in a juice cup every night. The juice cup helps me keep my portions small. I also put a scoop of fat-free Coolwhip on top of my pudding. It’s absolutely delicious.

    If you’re not in a sweet mood, I would suggest carrot sticks, red peppers or any kind of crunch veggie that’s low in calories. I think it’s always good to snack on something low in calories at night because a lot of times I’m in front of the tv or computer and that can contribute to mindless eating.

    Lastly, I often times find that I just WANT something to snack on but I’m not that hungry, so then I’ll grab a piece of sugar-free bubble gum. It’s usually long lasting and comes in fun flavors!

    Hope this helps!

  • Kelly T.
    February 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    hey no more sugar?-
    Good job in giving up sugar! sugar spikes your insulin levels so pretty soon after you start craving more, even though you might not be technically “hungry.” You should be able to encorporate it back in eventually, but maybe you wont even want o by then! Good job in getting the help you need!

    I figure this would be a good place to post this question because jenna had soup today. I bought soe Pacific Foos sweet corn soup yesterday (the kind in the carton) and am wondering what to do with it. I have some lump crabmeat and am thinking that might be good plus some veggies but am unsure. any ideas?

  • Annie
    February 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Hey Rodeygirl, hers a link to a good sugar cookie recipe from cookinglight.com. I always use them whenver im looking for a dessert, dinner, soup, just about anything. They have tons of free recipes, and there all easy and really good.
    http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=222237
    Hope that helps!

  • Stephanie
    February 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Heather,

    My favorite oatmeal in the whole wide world is made with…

    1/2 cup instant oats
    1/2 cup skim milk
    1/2 cup of water
    1 small bannana mashed up
    1/2 packet of chocolate no sugar added carnation instant breakfast

    Microwave for 2 minutes (3 if you use regular oats)

    It is the best chocolate breakfast ever!!!!
    You could use a few tablespoons of cocoa if you dont have CIB!
    Hope this helps =]

  • blueberrybabe
    February 11, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Good afternoon girls! Monday is almost over!?! Couple things:

    1) VeggieGirl- I love your site and want to ask you questions but it always seems to freeze up my computer. Do you mind if I ask you questions here?

    2) SDF- a couple days ago i would have posted the exact same comment. but after this weekend i have a whole new attitude! my boyfriend went away for the weekend so i used it as an opportunity to LITERALLY give my first attempt at cooking a try. I cooked myself dinner on friday, saturday, AND sunday night! i was soooo surprised at how much less time it took than i thought. i think what really helped me is that i didn’t obsess about finding the perfect recipe. i just chose a couple that sounded good and had good directions and not too many foreign sounding ingredients. Then i went to the store got what i needed and cooked! it went really well and already i am not so intimidated anymore….

    3) sara v.- i am not a nutritionist but obviously a little obsessed with health ๐Ÿ™‚ one piece of dark chocolate a day sounds great! as we all know chocolate is good for us in moderation, ESPECIALLY dark chocolate! i would say absolutely treat yourself once a day (or twice hehe!). it is awesome not to deprive yourself and chocolate is so so yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • arimcg
    February 11, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Kelly T – I’ve done that before, with the trader joe’s brand of corn and roasted red pepper soup. I’m sure it’s the same. I think I sauteed some onions, garlic, and peppers (all colors – I always put peppers in things like corn chowder) and then added the soup, then the crab meat, and also some frozen corn. And some chili powder and cumin and cilantro. You probably don’t need salt since the soup has a lot of sodium, but add some pepper and some salt too if you think it needs it. I can’t remember exactly what I did, but you definitely don’t need a recipe. Just make sure you add the crab at the end because it’s already cooked. Hope that helps!! Sounds good, I might have to do it again!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    **blueberrybabe:

    sure, no problem!! I promise to answer your questions as soon as possible :0)