Sometimes, important lessons are learned at the dinner table. Like, for instance, tilting your soup and cereal bowl away from you to spoon the last bit of liquid from your bowl and to avoid hot soup and/or cereal being spilled into your lap. A habit my father habitually corrected. Every day. I love you, dad.
And until last night, I failed to see the reasoning behind tilting my bowl away from me. Hot soup on your lap = OWWW!
I quickly recovered and continued shoveling the delightful soup into my happy mouth. Mmm!
Minestrone slightly adapted from An Edible Mosaic
3 oz small pasta, any shape you like (such as ditalini, orzo, or shells)
4 5 cups low-sodium vegetable, chicken, or beef stock
1 medium-large onion, diced
4 medium or 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 large stalks celery, diced
2-3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juices
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1/3 tsp dried)
1 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning
3 oz (about 4 cups lightly packed) fresh baby spinach
1 (15 oz) can beans (such as cannellini, garbanzo, or kidney), drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (for garnish)*
In a 3-quart pot with a lid, combine stock, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme, Italian herb seasoning, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring up to a boil and add the pasta. Cover (leaving lid slightly ajar), turn heat down to a simmer, and cook until veggies are tender (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Add spinach, beans, and cooked pasta and cook a couple minutes until spinach is wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve garnished with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano if desired*. Yield: 10 cups.
Nutrition Information (per cup): 111 calories; 0.6 g. fat; o mg. cholesterol; 228 mg. sodium; 20 g. carbohydrate; 4.1 g. fiber; 5.5 g. protein
*garnish not included in nutrition information.
Result: The flavor was just as amazing as the nutrition stats! This was quick, easy, vegetarian/vegan, and inexpensive. I am looking forward to leftovers!!
I do want to apologize for my underwhelming photos as of late. With the sun departing so early in the evening, natural lighting is non-existent. And thus, my endeavors to take decent photos have…been lacking.
Nearly all of yesterday was spent preparing for class this week. I had to write up an outline of one chapter that was not lectured on due to weather, create an assignment, prepare a lecture (which will be observed on Monday – eek!), and create the second exam for the class. Can I just say how grateful I am that I pounded that all out yesterday so today could be devoted to more important fun things like food, football, and hockey games! 😀 My Facebook status yesterday was, “Teachers deserve more credit! There is so much to do outside of class!” Many friends agreed and “liked” this. 😉 Woo, teachers!
I did get in a great workout – 4 1/2 mile run in 45 minutes…including a 2 minute cool-down! I was hustlin’…for me, that is 😉 I’m no speed demon!
I also weighed in after a canceled meeting due to weather — down 0.4 lbs. I wasn’t very happy with this, but like Mr. Prevention encouraged, a loss is a loss! AND, we did go out for a rather indulgent Indian meal and drinks on Friday night, which I can only assume did not help my cause on the scale. Samosas anyone? Mmmmmm!
Question: Do you tip your soup/cereal bowl towards you or away from you?
Lots of love,