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It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!


Happy 1st day of Winter!

We’ve been experiencing our version of Northern California winter with promises of relentless rain showers only to be slightly disappointed when they are intermittent at best.

But still, nothing says Winter Break like making soup and hunkering down on the couch with the Google Reader while it simmers on the stove. Plus, it helps with my lame food confession and in my quest for staying healthy during the winter so I can get out and have some fun over break.

Today’s recipe is from Regina’s Vegetarian Table

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup

Serves 8-10


1 large onion, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced {I’m not a peeler. Way too lazy for that nuttiness}.

2 potatoes, peeled and diced {See above}.

3 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 head cabbage, chopped

1 can (28 oz) tomatoes {I use Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted – roasting makes tomatoes even more delish}

1 can (16 oz) pinto beans

1 can (15 oz) corn {I use organic frozen sweet corn instead}

1/4 cup extra virgin oil oil


dash of cayenne (optional)

2 quarts water {I use 1 quart filtered water and 1 quart organic free range chicken broth}



1. In a large pot, saute onion in a little oil until slightly tender

2. Add remaining ingredients except salt. Simmer for at least 3 hours uncovered. Add salt and oil before serving.

How easy is that?

Additional ingredients

I also add cooked pasta, cooked chicken and some parmesan cheese. Toasted crusty bread makes for a comforting healthy meal.


What about you?

What are your go-to healthy foods?

How do you change your diet based on the season?

Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here!


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Lame Food Confession UPDATE! – Bonus Recipe Edition!

Recently I spilled the proverbial beans about my inability to consume a respectable amount of fruits and vegetables despite my claim of being a healthy eater. I called it my Lame Food Confession and since confessing that I have trouble finding fruits and vegetables in my mouth, not just my refrigerator, I have learned a great many things.  

1. I actually like the taste of most fruits and vegetables. Plain fruits. Plain vegetables. Don’t even have to do anything to them and they already taste pretty good.  

2. Before I’d been eating way too many granola bars – Clif Kid Organic Zbar in Chocolate Chip – I love you, but you get in the way of my fruit and vegetable consumption.  

3. As it turns out, I know someone who works for the used-to-be 5-a-day folks. It’s now called Fruits and Veggies: More Matters – and even she has trouble fitting it all in. The new name actually clears up confusion about the amount, although it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.  

4. Many people I spoke to didn’t know about the new name AND didn’t know what qualified as a serving.  

5. My trousers are already fitting a bit looser.  

6. I’m less hungry during the day.  

7. I feel more virtuous when I actually remember.  

8.  Some friends even sent in recipes during the first Lame Food Confession.  

Here’s one I apdated from Leili –  

Broccoli Slaw  

Cut up fresh brocoli  

Throw in some blueberries ( I used thawed frozen organics from Trader Joe’s)  

Raisins (for some extra sweetness)  

Sliced almonds (for some extra crunch)  

Flax seeds (for some extra fiber)  

Combine with some ginger vinaigrette.  

I used Annie’s Naturals Gingerly Vinaigrette  


Food photography: Harder than it looks!


Care to share YOUR fruit and vegetable confessions? What about tips, techniques and recipes for getting your daily allowance in? Leave a comment and you may find your recipe featured here someday.