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Up and at'em! (+ 5-Hour Energy Confession)

The drive in last night was long and sleepy. It was quite the week, even if only 4 days. There was a full week and then some crammed into Monday through Thursday and I found myself having trouble staying away one hour into my 5 1/2-hour drive back to Chicago. Of course, Mr. Prevention’s suggestion was 5-Hour Energy.

Well, friends, desperate times call for desperate measures. I stopped at some scary gas station in Indiana and picked up a 5-Hour Energy (pomegranate flavor…which was tolerable, by the way). I’ll tell you, the stuff really did the trick. It PAINS me to admit that, but it really did. I still don’t advocate for he MEGADOSE of B-vitamins (or 8333% the daily value of anything!), but my sleepiness was to the point I was going to have to pull over and grab a hotel room if something didn’t wake me up. And 6 hours later, I conked out the second I hit the pillow and slept through the night a full 8 hours. Hmmm?

I had told my parents last night that I wanted to sleep in. What a joke. I was up well before anyone else. I can attribute some of that to being on EST in a CST zone, but this is just another sign that I’m getting old(er). A sign I am totally okay with, so long as I get my 8 hours of beauty rest! 😀

When I got into town last night, my mom showed me a few recipes she had printed off that Taste of Home had sent this week. Of course, I had saved the very same recipes to try. Great minds think alike 😀 Sign up for Taste of Home email recipes if you haven’t already — they have healthy options, quick options, budget-friendly…it’s great!

Plans today include visiting family & friends, working out, and going out to eat at the restaurant my little brother works at 🙂

I won’t leave you guys recipe-less, however. I made this recipe before teaching on Monday night. It took all of 15 minutes and was absolutely wonderful. I turned my co-worker onto one of my favorite blogs, My Bizzy Kitchen, and she raved about this soup. So of course, I had to make it, too. Tomato soup takes me back to the days of living in my sorority house: everyone was always at lunch when tomato soup and grilled cheese were on the menu! 😉

Simple Tomato Soup slightly adapted from My Bizzy Kitchen

2-28 oz canned no-salt added tomatoes (one can diced, one can fire roasted)
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp Italian parsley, freshly chopped
1 serving Hot Sauce, Tabasco
1 cloves garlic, minced


Gently heat the olive oil over medium heat and add garlic, taking care not to brown the garlic.

Stir in the canned tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.

Remove from stove, let cool slightly. Using a (stick) blender puree soup. Add in cream. Serves 4 (2 cups each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 196 calories; 10 g. fat; 27 mg. cholesterol; 130 mg. sodium; 18.5 g. carbohydrate; 3.5 g. fiber; 5 g. protein

Result: This was delicious! Don’t freak out about the heavy cream…a little bit goes a long way! I used no-salt added tomatoes to knock the sodium content down and the recipe didn’t need any salt added…the cream, garlic, and oil season it beautifully. The portion is BIG and pairs so well with some homemade bread. The soup reheated great for lunches, and can be stretched to 6 servings or more as a side dish. Enjoy!

I think it’s time to get out of bed and get some coffee. I heard my mom pitter-patter down the stairs not too long ago. 😉

Question: Do you like tomato soup? Do you pair it with grilled cheese?


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  1. January 14, 2011 / 9:17 am

    Tomato soup and grilled cheese is one of my favorite foods!

  2. January 14, 2011 / 9:18 am

    Glad you made it!!! Those energy shots freak me out, but in a situation like the one you were in, they really can help a (sleepy) gal out!

    I love tomato soup– bookmarking this one!

  3. January 14, 2011 / 9:25 am

    awe….glad you got to Illi save and sound.

    LOVE tomato soup and grilled cheese. Standard comfort food. Pretty sure we are showing our midwestern roots with this simple comfort food! I think we midwesterners are all about comfort food in the winter, don’t you?? lol

    Taste of Home is GREAT…I actually have a recipe of mine printed in the Healthy Cooking 2010 Annual Recipes book….it is a wonderful book….lots of great recipes and nut info for each. Of course, I am probably biased, being a contributor and all…lol My neighbor is actually one of the field editors, she keeps suggesting I apply as well.

  4. January 14, 2011 / 9:33 am

    I love that this is a confession for you. Gotta do what you gotta do. In 11th grade once I took a 5 hour energy after not sleeping the night before. It only worked for 3 hours and I bonked out during bio :-/

  5. January 14, 2011 / 10:02 am

    Hey, no shame in that! IMO, it’s much better than the alternative – not taking something to wake you up and putting yourself at risk on the road, right? I’ve been known to take that stuff from time to time, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope the scary Indiana bathroom wasn’t in Indianapolis?! LOL!

  6. January 14, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    Ug, sounds like a long trip! Glad you made it safely!

  7. January 14, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    The blog looks great Nichole! I love the new look.

    So, you took the plunge into the world of 5-Hour Energy?? Well, I’ll have you know that I told my mom to by it ๐Ÿ™‚ I told her it was completely fine as long as she a) didn’t take it unless she was desperate and b) didn’t take more than a bottle. I’m definitely not against it, and I think it’s better than downing a bunch of caffeine, so I’m happy to hear it worked for you!!

    I love tomato soup. I especially LOVE tomato basil!

  8. January 15, 2011 / 7:59 am

    Of course Biz’z version would have tabasco in it, LOL! I love tomato soup and we always do it with grilled cheese. Last year we made that meal from scratch. enjoy your time with your family.

  9. January 15, 2011 / 9:37 am

    I love tomato soup + grilled cheese. I especially like unique grilled cheese creations like grilled cheese (brie) + apples. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. January 15, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    I like adding a bit of cream for richness too – a little does go a long way, looks delicious!

  11. January 15, 2011 / 4:29 pm

    I love tomato soup and this looks delicious!

  12. January 15, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese = a match made in heaven!!!!

    I received the Larabar package today!!! Thanks so much for the restaurant recommendation in Chicago ๐Ÿ™‚

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