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 I was feeling a little inventive Tuesday afternoon. I took the day to watch old movies on TCM… it’s a hobby I don’t get to do very often. After having a late lunch of Green Salad with Oil&Vinegar Dressing, I decided to make a soup to use up some of the vegetables we had in the refrigerator. We’re going to be going back up to Washington D.C. area again this week.

So I consulted with my cookbook “Recipes for Life” and decided to make a Minestrone Soup with some extra veggies (cauliflower). So I literally threw this soup together and warmed up a loaf of Whole Wheat Bread and we were ready to sit down for dinner.

 

My Minestrone Soup

My Minestrone Soup W/Spinach Noodles

My Minestrone Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Distilled Water

1Cup White Beans

1/2 Spinach Pasta

2Tbls Olive Oil

1Onion, Chopped

2Cloves Garlic, Chopped

2Medium Carrots, Chopped

2Stalks Celery, Chopped

2Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed

4Tomatoes, Cubed

1Small Zucchini, Cubed

1/2Green Beans, Sliced

1Cup Cauliflower

1Tbls Dried Basil

1Clove Garlic, Whole

1Tbls Oregano

1Tbls Thyme

Directions:

Rinse and soak White Beans according to the package instructions. Discard water and add fresh water. Cook according to package instructions, omitting salt and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt, drain and set aside.

Heat Olive Oil in a large, heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add Onion, Garlic, Carrots and Celery. Sauté until Onion is translucent. Add Potatoes, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cauliflower, and water. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add White Beans and Pasta. Add more water if soup is too thick. 

In a blender process Basil, one whole clove of Garlic and 1Cup of Soup from the pot until smooth. Return this mixture to the soup. Mix well and serve hot.  

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My back is feeling better. But I don’t want to take any chances this time. We’ve got tickets to go the Kennedy Center for New Year’s Eve. I’m very excited about that. So, I’m not moving around much today and staying on the heating pad.

I took my vitamins and am drinking Carrot Juice already… I’m a bit hungry and grabbed a piece of Whole Wheat Bread to nibble on with some Hummus. In a while I’ll go back down stairs to fix lunch…

Sabra Hummas

Hummas Snack

Last night, I was feeling better and Mike wanted to go do some running around, so I geared up and got in the car. But what he wanted to do is go to Costco and shop and walk around. Well, my back was throbbing and I kind of let him know it! So we ended up fast forwarding through the Costco Experience and went straight home. Too much…. too soon!!

For dinner, I was in the kitchen unloading dishes from the dishwasher (another bright idea!) And Mike’s son wanted to make his own dinner… Pasta Alfredo! We bought some white sauce previously from Costco and already had the red sauce, so he mixed the two together to make a Tequila Sauce. I suggested he cut up some mushrooms and blanche them in the Pasta water… and there was his meal.

I made a bowl of the Green Salad and I wanted to bake a Sweet Potato but Mike wanted to grill the Potatoes with Onions. So I chopped up the Sweet Potatoes and Onions. Added Paprika, Garlic Powder and some Olive Oil and Mike took it to grill.

After I finished my salad, Mike wanted some and I asked him to serve himself. And after he ate his salad… he checked on the Potatoes and I made myself a bowl of them to eat. And straight up to the heating pad I went…. amazingly enough today my back doesn’t hurt as bad. Yeah!!!

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