Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Change is in the Air

As I mentioned on yesterday's post, "change is in the air."

It sure is!  The leaves are changing,  The weather is changing,  and we have a big change happening in our family, too. 

If you've been wondering why it's been--literally--months since I've updated the blog, I have the only excuse for avoiding cooking, painting, and blogging for an entire three months: I'm pregnant with our next little bundle of joy.

Boy, how time fades your memory.  With my first (I remember now), I lost 12 pounds in the first three months because I couldn't keep so much as a sip of juice down.  But I thought this time it would be different.  With my first child I didn't eat for three months, but God doesn't do that to you twice, right?  With my first, I felt like a mutant until the nine months were over and he popped out, but it was so worth it, remember?

Well, I had high hopes this time it would be different.  I have more time to sleep, a less stressful job, and I have already been through it once.  When I held the EPT in my hand, I thought, "I'll start blogging recipes with high fiber and folic acid to promote healthy baby growth.  Then I will blog about bump-friendly exercise routines."  And then I started throwing up.  It hasn't stopped for three months. 

So, instead of cooking healthy, fiber-rich recipes and doing prenatal yoga, I've been laying on the couch with a dairy-free Jamba Juice watching Celebrity Rehab, Wendy Williams, and reruns of 16 and Pregnant (just to make myself feel better).  I'm so disappointed in myself!  Oh, well, only six more months to go!  At least I'm turning the first-trimester corner.

I'm still trying to figure out how something only 2" long could make a 5-8" woman feel so icky!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Cure for Your October Snow-Ridden Blues

Today it snowed.  I know I shouldn't be shocked, because snow has fallen in Bend much earlier than the end of October, but there's no doubt, change is in the air (stay tuned to find out exactly how much change...).
Our house this morning

As far as I know, there are only a few ways to beat the cold in October.
  • With a lit fireplace and warm blanket
  • Hot tub and glass of red wine
  • Sleeping off the cold morning (but like, who has the luxury to do that?)
  • A pot of hot soup on the stove
Since not everyone has a fireplace, hot tub, or enough time for a lazy morning, my only solution for you is...a pot of hot soup.  And I've found a great one to introduce to your recipe box for Fall.

Lasagna Soup

Effort Meter (1 to 5): 2
Delicious Meter (1 to 5): 3.5
Serving Suggestion: Make ahead of time, and top with fresh cheesy topping and serve with toasted garlic bread or Parmesan bread sticks.
Weight Watcher Points -I don't know because WW has changed their way of points calculating AGAIN so now I have to recalculate all my recipes.  But my guess is it's not too bad if you go easy on the cheesy topping and noodles.  Bonus points to anyone who solves this mystery for me!

2 TSP olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 C chopped onions (red or white)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 TSP dried oregano
1/2 TSP crushed red pepper flakes
1 can tomato paste
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 C chicken stock
6 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles, broken into 2" pieces
1/2 C finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 oz. ricotta
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C Mozzarella
1/4 TSP salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil over med-high heat.  Add turkey and cook until slightly brown.  Add onions, garlic, oregano, and red pepper and cook until onions often.  Add all remaining ingredients except noodles and bring to a boil.  Add lasagna noodles and cook until softened.  Simmer until ready to serve (make sure noodles are thoroughly cooked).  Top with cheesy topping before serving.