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Rainy Day Cool Down

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Sunday was a rainy day cool down, instead of high 90’s or 100 degree temperatures it was in the low 70’s, how great is that!

MiMM

The cooler temperature made me nostalgic for a cold weather meal, so out came my crock pot, and into it I put…

Fire roasted tomato sauce, I blended the dates with some of the sauce before adding the sauce to the pot, this is optional, I just like the flavor it gives, it balances out the acid in the tomatoes.

Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce-1

Red onions, fennel and red peppers were sauteed just until they started to soften.  I added the sauteed mix to the crock pot along with a can of rinsed black beans, fresh tomatoes, and sweet corn.

Soup Ingredients

The first time I tried fennel, it was raw in a salad and I didn’t like it. Fennel is definitely one of those foods for some a taste has to be acquired. I have found that cooked fennel has a different taste and I like much better.

Everything went into the crock pot and a few hours later, it was time to enjoy!

Crock Pot Mix-ins

Just before serving I stirred in some chopped spinach.

Chopped Spinach

It was Marvelous.

Black Bean Fennel Soup

The second bowl was topped with a little cheese.

Black Bean Fennel Soup with Cheese

I purchased some lusciously sweet fresh figs this past weekend and was eager to use them.

Fresh Figs

Some of the health benefits of figs are that they are a good source of potassium and minerals that help to control blood pressure. They are high in fiber, contains calcium and has trace amounts of manganese. However, figs contains oxalate, a naturally occurring substance foun in plants, animals and humans. When oxalates become too concentrated in the body, they crystallize and can cause kidney or gallbladder stones.

I sprinkled washed and cut figs with organic coconut sugar and cinnamon and roasted them in a 375 degree oven for about fifteen minutes, they were served on top of some creamy greek yogurt, drizzled with honey, next time I will drizzle with a honey balsamic glaze.

Roasted Figs and Yogurt

Be Marvelous in your Monday and start the week off right with good food and positive thoughts. Check out Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for more MIMM.

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Do you like fennel?

Hoe do you like figs, fresh of cooked?

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Author: Celeste @The Whole Serving

Hi, I'm Celeste 'm a no flesh eating vegetarian who loves to run, cook and eat good wholesome food, living a healthy lifestyle has always been important to me. In 2011 I became a vegetarian because I was experiencing digestive problems it seemed after every meal and I just didn't feel good. After reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr I was convinced that eliminating all meat from my diet and adding more real foods was worth a try. Kris's book taught me so much about the power of whole fresh fruits and veggies, and their impact on our bodies. After a few months I started to feel the difference and I have never turned back. My hope is to share something that helps you on your journey to being Whole Body Healthy! Follow me on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

4 thoughts on “Rainy Day Cool Down

  1. I’m kind of new to figs and wow are they sweet. I’ve been reading about using them for fuel during ultras but I don’t know if the sweetness is too much for me. We’ll see.

    I love to cook with fennel and I dream of 70 degree weather. A little less humidity would be great too!

  2. Those figs look amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had a fig except for in Newtons 😉 But I love date and prunes so I think I need to try them soon.

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