Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rainy Days, Soupy Nights

Are you guys having dreary weather where you live? I hope that none of you are experiencing the hurricane and have lost power.

Here in Wilmington, we had a day full of steady rain with momentary downpours scattered throughout. Luckily Unluckily, Tuesday is my busiest day of classes and so I had no choice but to brave the rain.

In the end it wasn’t so bad. I pulled on my Wellies and swam to my classes.

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These turned out to be a great idea because UNCW floods very easily…and they’re perfect for splashing in puddles!

By the end of the day all I wanted was to pull on some comfy pants and eat a big bowl of warm soup! MOH and I were on (cutest) baby sitting duty, so a simple soup was perfect.

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And being me, I had to spice it up a bit!

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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup with White Beans and Garlicky Kale

I used the Pacific Brand Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup as the base. While that heated in a saucepan, I made the White Beans and Kale.

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In a saut̩ pan, I heated one tbsp. olive oil over medium heat. I added two cloves of chopped garlic and stirred for one minute. Then I added in one can of White Beans Рdrained. Stirred and then allowed to cook for 3-5 minutes. Then I added in about 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan and one bunch of chopped kale (stems removed). Stirred and then added the lid to let the kale steam and wilt.

I stirred every 5 minutes or so, so that the beans didn’t burn. Once I felt like the kale had wilted, I added the mixture to the soup pot and let the flavors meld on low heat for 15 minutes.

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Served with a side of cheese toast and avocado…

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and Honey Boo Boo.

Don’t judge!

This soup turned out to be really delicious and just what we needed after such a rainy day. I can pretty much guarantee that you will be seeing the above soup a lot this winter! Super warm and cozy!

Speaking of warm and cozy:

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Have you ever seen a cuter more snugglier baby?!?!

So stinkin’ cute. MOH and I were pretty excited about babysitting. We were even able to give her a bath. Pretty much precious.


Happy Wednesday!!

I made it to the gym this morning! I basically tricked myself while I was still groggy and pulled my workout clothes on first thing. I then gave myself a 5 minute time limit to get out the door. It worked!