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Creamy Summer Squash Soup with Greek Yogurt

This has got to be one of the world’s quickest and easiest soups! I had a late lunch Monday, so I wasn’t very hungry, I had some zucchini and yellow squash in the fridge, wanted something light add easy, so I decided to make soup. Chop, throw into saucepan, season, cook until soft and tender. Transfer to blender, add some greek yogurt and pesto and blend until smooth. Pour into bowl, top with a bit more pesto, sprinkle with parmesan add some crusty bread and it’s time to enjoy. This soup was good, it was very good.  I think you can make with just about any vegetable and if you like a more chunky soup, just reserve some of the veggies before blending to stir in before serving.

Creamy Summer Squash Soup

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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!

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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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Feeling So Much Better

Wow, the past two weeks have been far from normal around here.  When last I posted I was telling you how I was starting to feel better after spending most of my Sunday morning in the bed, that turned out to be only a small window of feeling better, shortly there after I was down for the count.  I ached from my head to my feet and had zero energy.

Unfortunately, I had not done my weekly grocery shopping for the week (not a lot in the frig), however my daughter who is no cook I must say, did a great job of putting together something for me to eat.  She sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, and celery threw it into a pot with bow-tie pasta and created a tasty soup.

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I managed to get myself to the Dr. to find out what was making me feel so bad.  I was thinking I had gotten my flu shot a couple of months ago, could this be the flu?!  I had all the symptoms but no sore throat. Well it wasn’t the flu, but a really bad sinus infection, and because I have asthma, it was flaring.   After two full days on a very expensive antibiotic, I was feeling much better.

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Thank goodness for my Health Care Flexible Spending Account.

Feeling better and back in the groove, I was off to Austin.

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 Along with several other Early Learning Center providers I  meet with our State Senators and  Representatives to advocate for the Texas Licensed Child Care Association.  Working with lawmakers, stakeholders and others to improve the quality of care and education of our youngest learners.

It was an action packed day, but I am glad to be back home and getting back into my workout routine.

I wish everyone a happy and well week!