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

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

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

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Wishing You All A Happy Thanksgiving – Tortellini Soup

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on November 24, 2009 ][ In Soup ]

My only post this week will be brief. I’m hoping everyone takes the time to relax and truly enjoy the holiday. Laugh with your friends and family, sleep late, get some fresh air and put aside your troubles for a day or two. Taking the time to truly connect with others is just as important to your good health as anything else. Put down the phones, the camera, get off the computer and be in the moment. Volunteer at a community dinner if you are alone and bring happiness and comfort to someone else.

I’m offering a quick soup recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes and is a good change of pace for all the big meals you’ll eat in the next few days. We ate it last night as we are eating light before the big day.

Tortellini Soup
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1 carrot, sliced thin
3 cans chicken broth, low sodium and reduced fat
sliced fresh mushrooms, preferably Portabello
1 9 oz. package tortellini
1 diced zucchini
1/2 cup broccoli florets

Saute onion and carrot in hot oil till lightly brown. Add mushrooms, broth, broccoli and tortellini. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add zucchini and simmer 3 to 4 more minutes. Pepper to taste.

Because I have two growing children, I add a larger package of tortellini, more broth and extra vegetables. Neither one complains about eating the zucchini in this soup!

Happy Thanksgiving to all and I’ll see you next week!

Upadated on November 24, 2009

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