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Hearty Vegetable Soup

2012 June 3
by Alan

Source: via Briana on Pinterest


Do you like vegetable soup? It is a favorite soup for many, but frankly some vegetable soups leave me wanting just a little more because they are, well, too soupy. You know, they just aren’t hearty enough. Well, that isn’t so with this hearty vegetable soup recipe. Just check out the list of ingredients and basic instructions below and you can even add a can of kidney beans (or beans of your choice) to make it even more hearty.

Ingredients for Hearty Vegetable Soup Recipe:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
2 x cans of chopped tomatoes (14oz)
1 1/2 litres of water or stock

1 cup of pasta (your choice)


In a large sauce pan over medium heat add the oil, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and salt and pepper and cook until just soft. Add the tomatoes and water and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the pasta and cook for another 8-10 min. Serves 4-6.

Get the complete list of instructions and more at ButterflyFood.

Cucumber, Tomato and Onion Salad From Paula Deen

2012 June 2
by Alan

Source: via Cindy on Pinterest

It’s almost hard to believe, but I actually found something healthy on Paula Deen’s website. Here’s a very simple cucumber, tomato and onion salad that should take about 10 minutes to make.

Here’s a list of ingredients below:


1 pound cucumbers (about 2 cucumbers), peeled and thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 Vidalia onion, very thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a large serving bowl, toss together the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onion, parsley, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, to taste. Let the salad stand for 10 minutes before serving.

This is a very healthy and nutritious salad for anyone, especially for those trying to lose weight and I can hardly believe it is from Paula Deen who usually has the most fattening recipes anywhere online.

16 Healthiest Foods Ever

2012 June 2
by Alan

via Jennifer on Pinterest

Here is a list and info graphic someone made of the 16 healthiest foods ever. I would agree with everything on the list except the yogurt, especially that kind of yogurt. Possibly a plain yogurt would be much better because most name brand yogurts are filled with all kinds of preservatives and flavor enhancers.

Here’s the list below:

Cranberry Juice
Lemons and limes
Yogurt – Plain yogurt is best without added sugar and flavorings.


Grilled Peach Salad with Creamy Dressing

2012 June 2
by Alan

Source: via Calandra on Pinterest


Ever heard of grilled fruit? Well, most people haven’t, but it is quite common in Italy. With that, check out this Grilled peach salad with a creamy dressing that was originally from Jamie at Home, but I found it at

Here are a list of ingredients to get you started:

from Jamie at Home

•  4 just-ripe peaches
•  a few fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
•  olive oil
•  sea salt and freshly ground black pepper optional
•  some woody herb stalks or branches (such as rosemary or thyme)
•  1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
•  extra virgin olive oil
•  1 teaspoon natural yoghurt or crème fraîche
•  16 slices of bresaola or Parma ham
•  a few sprigs of fresh tarragon, leaves picked
•  2 handfuls of rocket, washed and spun dry
•  100g goat’s cheese, crumbled

Get the full details and instructions on how to make this great grilled fruit salad recipe at

Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes with Spaghetti

2012 June 1
by Alan

Source: via Judy Pelc- on Pinterest


There must be a million ways to make chicken and here’s another great Spaghetti dish with sauteed chicken and grape tomatoes that looks delicious. And for those of you on a diet or looking to eat light, this chicken recipe only has 330 calories.

The list of ingredients are:

  • 2 skinless chicken breast halves, diced in 1 inch cubes
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and dries basil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper
  • 8 oz spaghetti (high fiber or low carb) I used Ronzoni Smart Taste
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil

This sauteed chicken recipe with spaghettti is easy to make and only takes less than 30 minutes or so, plus it is a healthy and light meal choice for you and your family. And who doesn’t just love chicken?

Full recipe details are at