Friday, February 05, 2010
They made this emoticon just for me! I also love to say I'm expressive... is a big FAT UNDER statement! I'm watching the Keanu cat chasing around his catnip toy..wish I could take a little whiff of it too! I'm beadin' me brains out today! It's good fun..if a little stressful. I usually take stress as an energy booster, I've always seemed to function pretty well under it. I write better, I produce better, I have to actually chain my channels of attention towards the goal. That's a biggie for the creative types. You can get off task oh so easily. The right side of the brain has a mind of it's own bouncing and bobbing into deep waters.
But....I'm taking a little lunch break..hey...everyone has to eat right..so I can justify a little Spark time too...after all Spark time for me is every bit as nuturing as food..at least in my opinion!
I'm warming up this CLEAN soup that I made that is absolutely to die for! LadyNettie wanted it...so here you go soup girl after me own heart!
Chicken, White Bean, Spinach Soup
This version came from Eating Well but I always jazz up my own version...erp..one of these days I'm going to remember all the delectables I add...I just open my spice cabinet and start dumping...so I'll try to remember add ons as best I can. I know you all will tweak to your own taste also..everything is better with our own brand on it isn't it?
2 t EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4" rounds(I used more..love em)
1 T chopped fresh sage..I bought it then forgot to use it so used dried
2 14 oz cans reduced sodium chicken broth..I think I used 3..or maybe more??
2 c water..skipped this because of the extra broth added
1 15 oz cannellini beans, rinsed...I used 3..I make bigger batches of soup always!
1 2 lb. roasted chicken skin discarded meat removed from bones and shredded (4 c)
I just bought 2 lb chicken breasts and sauted with garlic, rosemary and evoo and cut them
up. Worked out just fine.
1 pkg frozen spinach thawed
I also added Ms. Dash, chopped celery, some left over cherry tomatoes that I had in the fridge that had been baked in EVOO, garlic and parsley flakes with balsamic vinegar..see what I mean when I say I throw in everything. I added some chopped celery and some chopped carrots, even some thyme and other spices..you decide.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over med. high. Add leeks and raw veggies, stirring often until soft. Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic about 30 sec. Stir in broth and increase heat to high, add in any extra's you want. Add in beans, chicken, spinach, and cook uncovered stirring occasionally, until heated through. Serve hot.
I eat this delectable soup with my 'homemade CLEAN pita chips' so completely satisfying and healthy. I think I posted my chips a few days back.
Enjoy and and know that eating CLEAN is not nearly the hardship you might think it would be...it is your GIFT to your own beautiful self and the one's you love! Remember...only YOU control what goes into your body..make healthy choices okay, okay! Do I hear a big ...yes, Bobbi...I can do that! Right on sistas and bro's....right on!
One more note...no wogging yesterday...just a 15 minute ST with Coach Nicole DVD..today I'll do my 45 minutes on my buddy slim...that's me treadmill...it's a love/hate relationship for sure, for sure...but I know she is the one that will help me achieve the goal I'm looking for and that is the goal of a healthy weight with a healthy lifestyle! Do I hear a Whoop da??? Love ya sparklers.....aw oh...lunch break is officially over..back to Loop de Looing...I've gotta have a load of them for Saturday and Sunday's market!