Monday, September 17, 2012
I had a wonderful weekend visiting my best friend. We celebrated her 21st birthday and my success so far and toasted to new beginnings. MY family told me they wouldn't give me a hard time for piercing my nose if I lost 20 pounds first. So this weekend my friend and I got our noses pierced together! here is my new nose:
Unfortunately I really cheated hard this weekend. So I was thinking about jumping back on the wagon and about how much I hate limiting myself to rabbit food (carrots and other veggies). Variety is the spice of life right? Well, as true as that might be I really haven't been paying attention lately. I was sick, and then social drama, and... well if college is the best time of my life then things need to turn around. So I am back to ignoring everything and focusing on me. If people are really my friends they will want me to succeed and stop trying to force chocolate down my throat right? Well there needs to be a medium between chocolate and rabbit food, and that is what I am focusing on now.
A couple of months ago I posted that I wanted to take a 3 ring binder and dedicate it to my success. Exercises, tracking measurements, motivational quotes, and recipes, recipes, RECIPES! So here is my first step at doing that. I am calling it "a week of pinterest" because that is where most of my recipes are coming from. "A week" might also be deceiving because Lord knows how long I will keep this up. So I will be trying a new recipe every night and blogging about it.
Now that we have taken care of the boring details let's get to what everyone really cares about... the recipes
Day: 1 - Cream of Mushroom Soup
A few years ago my parents surprised us all by announcing they are secretly hippies and are starting an organic farm on our property. You definitely won't hear me complaining though, especially after those delicious shiitake mushrooms they gave me this weekend. The only problem is what was I going to do with all the tougher, harder mushroom stems? Only possible solution? Make soup!
Let's take a minute to reflect on something. I love creamy, fatty, dairy products. I simply can't help myself. I do not usually have a sweet tooth and can say no to most unhealthy things except dairy. For whatever reason my heart bleeds milk, butter, and dairy. (What a disgusting mental image...)
So when making a soup I really wanted cream of mushroom soup which has always been a favorite of mine. But I can't do that right?? Wrong! I found a lighter mushroom soup which was just as creamy and satisfying as I remember. I had to change the recipe around a little because I didn't have certain ingredients. Here is my final result:
-1/2 cup of mushrooms (I used all stems from shiitakes)
-1.5 cups of 1% milk
-2 tbsp of all purpose flour
-2.5 tbsp of grated parmesan (I used the parmesan from earth fare with the Merlot soaked rind)
-1 pat of butter
-2 cloves of garlic (I like a LOT of garlic)
-Salt and Pepper to taste
First I had to raid all my mushrooms for stems. Check out the sweet mushrooms my parents gave me!
After I raided all the mushrooms to steal their stems I was left with about half a cup of stems which I then diced up. See all my not so pretty stems?
Now that all that "exhausting" "prep" work is done you can start the soup. Hello 10 minute recipe, where have you been all my life?
Turn stove eye to hot: Combine butter, garlic, salt and pepper, and mushrooms into a sauce pot. Saute until mushrooms are golden. Then add in about 1/4 cup of water. Cook until over half of the water has evaporated and then add the flour. Once flour is thoroughly mixed in and there are no clumps left then add milk. Bring milk to boil then reduce heat to medium stirring regularly until soup begins to thicken. Slowly add in the parmesan cheese and stir until all lumps are gone from soup. Cut off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes before eating.
Wait for 5 minutes? Pretty much the longest 5 minutes every. But when I tasted it... Holy wow, Batman! It was incredible! Better than the soup I am used to and way healthier! I cut the fat by more than half and doubled the protein. I think using the merlot flavored cheese made a huge difference. In the future when using regular parmesan I would probably add a splash of wine just to duplicate that flavor. Look how pretty it looks!
This recipe makes 2 servings (1 cup each) and so there is plenty to share with someone. Just make sure it is someone you really care about because this soup deserves to be part of something magical. I chased my ex-boyfriend who is also my roommate (I warned you about the social drama) away with my spoon when he tried to steal some of this. Instead I ate both servings, which only amounted to 347 calories total, by myself. I was planning on pairing it with a spinach salad and calling it a meal but honestly I am so full from the soup I might explode. I feel like a tick.
Here is the nutritional information per serving (half the recipe):
Total Fat 5.8 g
Protein 10.1 g
I hope everyone enjoyed my rambling blog. Especially since if I am blogging about this every night you will have to put up with me running my trap almost constantly.