Archive | August 2013

Healthy recipe of the week: harvest soup

As I mentioned in the previous post, the past couple of weeks have been super busy. That means no healthy recipe for last week, BUT I did have some healthy dishes while I was out of town. I should have taken a picture.

For this week, Pete and I made harvest soup. We got a soup mix at an Amish store in TN while visiting my parents a while back. I’m kicking myself for not looking at the full list of ingredients for the mix, but I think it was a variety of lentils, rice, split peas and maybe some other bean. It was colorful.

Here’s the recipe:

Harvest soup

We made a couple of adjustments. We added a vidalia onion that Pete got at a produce stand, and I added veggie meatballs I already had instead of making some other meat. (He calls them protein balls.) The soup came out more like a stew. The rest of our meal consisted of corn (which Pete was really excited to make after buying a corn peeler) and some fresh bread that he made in the bread machine.

If I were to make this again, I would have cooked the carrots first since they were a little crisp. I would also make the pieces of cabbage smaller. All in all, I liked it, which is good since we have a lot left.

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Disney movie 2: Aladdin

Remember how I said some friends and I decided to watch old Disney movies? If not, I’m bummed that you don’t read my blog regularly. If so, two points for you!

Well a couple of weeks ago, we got together to watch “Aladdin” and had Mediterranean food to go with it — kibe with a vinaigrette, hummus and pita bread, tabouli and sparkling grape juice. (We had to get some kind of grape in there.) I even put on some bellydancing music. … But we didn’t bellydance. We ate.

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For those of you who came, yes, I’ve been slow putting pictures on my blog. But y’all, the last two weeks have been CRAZY. I even went out of country for work! (Canada!)

Anyway, I’m finally posting pictures and quotes, so here you go. (Leigh racked up the most quotes on this one.)

Deb: "I liked Aladdin. What was the prince's name in that one? ... Oh yeah, Aladdin. Duh. ... Don't write that one down!"

Deb: “I liked Aladdin. What was the prince’s name in that one? … Oh yeah, Aladdin. Duh. … Don’t write that one down!”

Me: "I like how he has two main teeth: the top and the bottom."

Me: “I like how he has two main teeth: the top and the bottom.”

Me: "How do you think his hat stays on? Bobby pins?" Leigh: "I'm more concerned about how Abu's stuff stays on 'cause he's a monkey."

Me: “How do you think his hat stays on? Bobby pins?”
Leigh: “I’m more concerned about how Abu’s stuff stays on ’cause he’s a monkey.”

Leigh: "I wouldn't be like, 'I don't want to be a princess.' No, I'd stay in the palace."

Leigh: “I wouldn’t be like, ‘I don’t want to be a princess.’ No, I’d stay in the palace.”

Brigitte: (about Jasmine) "I think this is where Kim Kardashian got her voice."

Brigitte: (about Jasmine) “I think this is where Kim Kardashian got her voice.”

Leigh: "I feel like security should be better at the palace."

Leigh: “I feel like security should be better at the palace.”

Leigh: "How do you make goatees grow like that? ... Is that his neck or a piece of cloth?"

Leigh: “How do you make goatees grow like that? … Is that his neck or a piece of cloth?”

Leigh: (about Aladdin's entourage) "Did all those people just disappear?"  Me: "They came from a temp agency."

Leigh: (about Aladdin’s entourage) “Did all those people just disappear?”
Me: “They came from a temp agency.”

Brigitte: (about Aladdin approaching Jasmine's balcony on a magic carpet) "And this is where all my expectations came from."

Brigitte: (about Aladdin approaching Jasmine’s balcony on a magic carpet) “And this is where all my expectations came from.”

Deb: "Oh that smile. I would trust anything you say."

Deb: “Oh that smile. I would trust anything you say.”

Me: "Do they have flamingos in the Mideast?"

Me: “Do they have flamingos in the Mideast?”

Me: "I like that outfit better. But I do like her in the Hammer pants." Leigh: "I like her hair better like that. More '90s."

Me: “I like that outfit better. But I do like her in the Hammer pants.”
Leigh: “I like her hair better like that. More ’90s.”

Healthy recipe of the week: tabouli

Last night was our “Aladdin” movie night (another blog post forthcoming), so a few of us contributed Middle East-inspired foods. Deborah told me to make tabouli, and I found a recipe made with quinoa instead of bulgar. It was scrumptious.

Click here for the recipe. (Garlic is on the ingredients list twice, so I ignored the second one.)

Quinoa tabouli

Quinoa tabouli

Pete and I sat down last weekend to go over our daily schedules and try to find ways to make our lives less stressful and more healthy. One thing I have decided to do is make at least one healthy recipe a week. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions, but I haven’t done so well.

My reasons for wanting to eat healthier are more energy, good overall health and, hopefully, glowing skin. 🙂 You might also remember this post where I talked about other dishes I tried several weeks ago. I’ll try to post a recipe and picture of each weekly dish.

Little Mermaid, yippee!

Back in June, I was THRILLED to interview Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” We talked for close to an hour, then I wrote a story about her for our website. (Here’s my story.)

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Interviewing her and talking about the movie made me want to watch it, so five friends and I gathered one evening last month for a mermaid party. It was SO MUCH FUN. We had food like shrimp, Goldfish, sea blue punch and “crab.” Kristy bought Disney princess plates and cups.

It was SO fun, in fact, that we decided to watch some other Disney movies as a group. Next weekend, we’re watching “Aladdin.”

Here are some quotes from our movie viewing, along with some pictures.

Kristy: “King Triton is ripped.”

Me: "I think of this movie every time I pick the Arial font on my Word documents."

Me: “I think of this movie every time I pick the Arial font on my Word documents.”

Kristy: "I like how they make her hair all flowy. It's like a perfect coif under water."

Kristy: “I like how they make her hair all flowy. It’s like a perfect coif under water.”

Melanie: "In real life, if she was that deep in the ocean, she would've exploded."

Melanie: “In real life, if she was that deep in the ocean, she would’ve exploded.”

Melanie: (about Sebastian) "Does he not need to be in water? ... Don't they dry out?"

Melanie: (about Sebastian) “Does he not need to be in water? … Don’t they dry out?”

Deb: "Oh I hit a turtle in the road the other day."

Deb: “Oh I hit a turtle in the road the other day.”

Deb: (about Ursula taking on a different body) "Now if I had the power to be skinny, I would STAY skinny."

Deb: (about Ursula taking on a different body) “Now if I had the power to be skinny, I would STAY skinny.”

Leigh: "Does nobody notice he looks like a zombie?" Kristy: "He's probably feeling guilty about that almost kiss the night before his wedding."

Leigh: “Does nobody notice he looks like a zombie?”
Kristy: “He’s probably feeling guilty about that almost kiss the night before his wedding.”

Cicely: "He's like, 'Girl, you can't swim anymore.'"

Cicely: “He’s like, ‘Girl, you can’t swim anymore.'”

Deb: (about where the movie takes place) "I still think it's somewhere between Florida and South Carolina."

Deb: (about where the movie takes place) “I still think it’s somewhere between Florida and South Carolina.”

Melanie: (about Prince Eric) "He was Greg in 'The Brady Bunch'!"

Melanie: (about Prince Eric) “He was Greg in ‘The Brady Bunch’!”

Cicely: "You're a mermaid and she's an octopus. Way to ruin the wedding."

Cicely: “You’re a mermaid and she’s an octopus. Way to ruin the wedding.”