Monday, February 27, 2012

Tomato Spinach Soup

Got this recipe from Taste of Home website.  The recipe is very similar to the recipe I used last year.  I can;t seem to find where I posted it online so, here is another!

Prep: 15 min.     Cook: 45 min. 


2 large yellow onions, cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 quart water
4 beef bouillon cubes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
Grated Parmesan or shredded cheddar cheese, optional


In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, saute onions in oil over medium heat for 10 minutes or until tender. Add the next eight ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in spinach; simmer for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Garnish individual servings with cheese if desired.

Yield: 8-10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts
1 serving (1 cup) equals 

Calories       58 
Fat                 3 g
Cholesterol    0
Sodium      575 mg  
Carbs            7 g
Fiber             2 g
Protein          2 g

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Nutritional Info
Calories: 143.4
Fat: 10.8g
Carbs: 1g
Protein: 9.4g

1 cup    - Cauliflower, frozen, cooked, riced,
1 lrg      - Egg, fresh
1 cup    - Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp  - Fennel
1 tsp     - Oregano
2 tsp     - Parsley
sm amt  - Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Preheat oven at 450
  2. Place cauliflower in oven and roast for 20-25 minutes allow to cool.
  3. Rice or finely chop the cauliflower. You can also grate it if that is easier. 
  4. Beat egg, add cauliflower, and shredded cheese and mix. 
  5. Press into a pizza pan brushed with olive oil. For individual pizzas, quarter the mix and press into olive oil brushed smaller pans to make individual servings.  
  6. In a separate bowl mix fennel, oregano and parsley.
  7. Sprinkle spice mix on the pizza crusts.
  8. Bake at 450 
    • 1 crust 12-15 min
    • 1 lrg crust doubled ingredients 15-20 min
    • 4 small 10-15 min
  9. Remove from oven, add desired toppings (not included in nutritional info above) 
    • Red sauce
    • mushrooms
    • green peppers
    • onions
    • cheese, etc.
  10. Bake again until brown and cheese is bubbly.
  11. slice pizza into 4 or 8 slices.
Serves: 4

Meal Planning? I need some help!

I've started thinking meal planning might be my best option to stay on track with my diet and to be sure my family is eating the best possible meals when we are together! I also thought it would help out with the availability of left overs for work lunches.  Now, to find out how I should accomplish this task.

I really want to find a computer program that tracks nutritional values as well as the meal plans.  Does anyone out there have an suggestions.  Google is a great option but, I haven't found what I am looking for yet! And, when I do, it's a monthly charge.  I don't have the money to pay for one so, I continue to look!

Does anyone else family meal plan?