Today was centered around soup!
Corey and I slept in and lounged around for a little while before making a simple breakfast.
I toasted a Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin and spread a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese on top.
Instead of my usual coffee, I gave one of these a try for the first time:
A Starbuck’s Mocha Light Frappuccino. I am a huge fan of the regular Frapps, but they are a little misleading. The label says “Low Fat!”, which they are, but they are also loaded with sugar. The new Light version is made with Splenda, and has only 100 calories. As Charlie Sheen would say, WINNING!
After breakfast, we changed into our bathing suits and headed over to the pool to lay out. I guess we forgot to look outside first, because we were a little late to realize that it was dark and rainy out!
Corey doesn’t give up that easily. He insisted we go to the pool anyway and wait for it to blow over. When we arrived, it was just us and what Corey referred to as a “stork”…
I told him that was probably not a good sign, for several reasons.
The storm did end up blowing over, so we were able to relax outside for a little while. After that, we decided to go to the gym and get a workout in.
Good news! Remember how I was saying how much I miss my old gym? Well, it turns out that the time period I had set for my account to be frozen is now up, so we are able to go again! Can I afford it? Not really. But I think it’s worth the sacrifice! I was happy to spend a good 50 minutes with my long lost love, the elliptical, while watching some re-runs of Real Housewives of Orange County.
Speaking of which, tonight is the premiere of their new season! I am a die-hard Real Housewives fan. I watch every episode of every city, but my favorite is definitely Orange County and Beverly Hills. I aspire to be a less bitchy version of them one day, preferably with Gretchen’s hair and Alexis’ rockin’ bod.
After our workout, we grabbed a smoothie at Planet Smoothie:
I ordered my usual Chocolate Two Piece Bikini. Perfection!
Later in the day, I decided to get started on a mini project that I’ve been waiting to get to all week. I follow Whole Foods on Twitter, and they recently posted a recipe for Spring Broccoli and Asparagus Soup that I’ve been dying to try! I made a few modifications, and the result was a delicious and fresh-tasting, creamy soup! It came together surprisingly easily, too!
Broccoli and Asparagus Soup
6 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 bunch asparagus, woody stems removed, and the rest chopped into 2 inch pieces
1 leek, washed, top cut off and the rest thinly sliced (use the white, light green, and a little of the dark green parts)
3 large celery stalks, chopped
2 medium Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped in half
1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb cheese (optional)
3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to a pot over medium heat. Once simmering, add the leek and cook until softened, about 6 minutes.
Add the rest of the chicken broth and the potatoes, and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add the broccoli, asparagus and celery. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes.
Next, use a ladle to add several scoops of the soup to a blender. Add 1/3 of the cheese wedge and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and blend together until smooth. Once smooth, pour the portion of soup into the container you plan to store it in. Repeat these steps two more times, or until the rest of the soup is blended.
Serve with a dollop of Fat Free sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped chives or green onion on top.
I served the soup alongside an open-faced tuna melt on a whole wheat bagel thin:
After we ate, we got ready and went to the evening service at our church, since we slept in this morning. We ate dinner at kind of an awkward time tonight, so after church, Corey was ready for a second dinner at Jason’s Deli. I was also craving a little somethin’ somethin’, so I got a cup of Tomato Basil soup:
It was a day full of soups!
Making the soup today made me realize how long it’s been since I’ve spent time in the kitchen making real recipes, so I was ready to create something else once we got home. This time, I wanted to make dessert! I combined two of my favorite cookie recipes into one, to accommodate the ingredients I had on hand, and this is what I came up with:
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Granulated Splenda for Baking
1 stick of butter, softened
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine the Splenda, eggs, molasses, butter and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
Add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips, and mix everything together.
Use a spoon to place spoonfuls of the dough on a cookie sheet, and bake in the oven for 8-11 minutes, until slightly browned on top.
I think I might have made a small mistake by forgetting to add the baking soda and salt until the last minute of mixing, because the cookies didn’t really “inflate” like normal cookies do. It’s OK though, because they were still delicious!
Well, I’m off to go revel in the drama of the Housewives, and then early to bed. We have fun plans for the next two days!