Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

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Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

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Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

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Passing Of A Pioneer – Cheesy Vegetable Soup

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 25, 2011 ][ In Soup, Vegetables and Fruits ]

A true pioneer passed away this week – Jack Lalanne.  He was 96 years young and in far better shape even than some teens.  For those of you who don’t know who he was, Jack Lalanne began his long career in 1936, promoting health, fitness and exercise.  He designed several pieces of workout equipment still used today and his TV show ran for 20 years.  He was still rigorously working out everyday until his recent death from pneumonia.  As a child, I can remember my mother exercising with Jack and I’m sure I joined in sometimes.  Look for him on YouTube the next time you need some inspiration to exercise or eat better.  Jack and his wife of some 50 years were out living life, not wasting away in a nursing home.  Think about it.  You can do it too.

I have been back on track lately with exercise and eating better.  I’ll be the first to admit it’s not easy but as a healthy lifestyle becomes habit and you notice you look and feel better, it won’t be such a chore.   I find it just as hard as you do to eat several servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  That’s why I promote eating just 3 servings for now.  If you can reach that goal, you will have made a big difference in your diet.  Try to eat just one piece of fruit each day, an apple or a banana.  Eat two vegetables at dinner and there you have it.  A serving size of fruits or veggies is 1/2 cup, one whole piece of fruit or 1 cup of leafy vegetables like spinach.  If you eat a nice large salad with plenty of tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, bell pepper and spinach in it, you probably have 3 servings right there.  Just remember to go easy on the dressing.  And remember, french fries do not count.

Here is a recipe for a really simple soup your family will enjoy on these cold winter nights and they won’t even mind getting in a serving of vegetables.  My sister refers to this a rotel dip with veggies.

Cheesy Vegetable Soup
Makes 4 large servings
4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 can of Rotel, hot as you like it
2 lbs. frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups of Velveeta cheese or 1/2
1 cup of your favorite pasta, preferably whole wheat
Bring the broth and rotel to a boil in a large pot.  Add frozen vegetables and let simmer 15 minutes.  Add pasta and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until al dente.  Add cheese and stir till melted.  Serve with a nice crusty whole grain bread or some sourdough.  Add a spinach salad and you’ve really packed in some vegetables for the day.

Upadated on January 25, 2011


2 Responses to “Passing Of A Pioneer – Cheesy Vegetable Soup”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is true! Since I have changed my eating habits and have incorporated exercise into my life, I feel and look so much better! My main struggle is finding the time to fit in the exercise! Some evenings I am at the gym at 9pm! Just are not enough hours in a day… working on figuring out a way to make it a permanent part of my life, by fitting it into my schedule so it becomes BASIC… like eating lunch! LOL

  2. Lisa Tedder says:

    Good luck to you and do try to keep it up. When I fall off the wagon, I don't worry too much, I just get back in. I don't use it as an excuse to go back to bad habits. Thanks for commenting and inspiring others!

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