Fitness Friday: Soup Season
You may be wondering what my studly husband is up to now that the Ride to Conquer Cancer is over. He’s decided he wants to train for a triathalon. That’s right. And he’s moved on to P90X. There’s no stopping this man. He wants to do the P90X diet and everything. The other day, he actually e-mailed me a list of “acceptable foods” to help me at the grocery store.
Do I look like I need help purchasing acceptable foods at the grocery store? Fine, you want chard and plain yogurt? You got it, baby. In fact, just take over Fitness Friday, why don’t you? I’ll just sit in the corner and eat chocolate.
No, seriously…after I became mildly irritated, I actually thanked God for answered prayer. Jon has finally succumbed to my years of brainwashing. Proving once again to every wife out there, if you nag your husband enough, he’ll eventually give in to your every whim.
No, seriously…if you pray for your husband (or wife) to become good stewards of their bodies and their health, God will answer that prayer. And I really mean that. (I’m proud of you, honey–and you are looking HOT.)
Speaking of answered prayer–and this has nothing whatsoever to do with Fitness Friday, except that it happens to be Friday when this post will appear–
I got an e-mail from one of the publishers reviewing my book proposal! (if you missed the whole discussion on that, I talked it about it once here). Taken By Storm: Hearing God Speak in the Midst of Chaos will go before the editorial committee on October 22nd. They also asked for a few sample chapters from Defining Moment: Deciding to Live After the Death of Your Child. I didn’t actually present that book in the proposal, but mentioned it briefly. They liked the idea enough to want to read some of it.
I haven’t heard from the other publisher or either of the literary agents yet. This could actually get interesting. Can you imagine a bidding war over the rights to my book???? Yeah, me neither.
But it would be really cool if more than one entity offered me a contract. That’s a ways off and not very likely…but you can pray for me. That would be nice.
And just in case said publishers/literary agents peruse my blog today, this would be a really good day to say something kind in the comments. I’m just sayin’.
Anyhoo…back to soup. Yes, this post is about soup. I love fall because I love soup. Fall and soup go hand in hand. It just doesn’t seem right to cook a big ole pot of hot soup when it’s 90 degrees outside. Thus, summer and soup don’t mix. To me, there’s nothing better than a chill in the air, my kitchen window cracked open and the aroma of something yummy simmering on the stove.
Soup is also a great way to get all kinds of healthy veggies in your diet without trying very hard. And if you stay away from heavy creams, they are suprisingly low calorie. Of course, if you need help purchasing acceptable vegetables, I can always have Jon e-mail you a list.
I like to make a pot of soup on Monday or Tuesday and eat it all week long for lunch. Serve it with grilled cheese or a big salad (it’s like a salad, only bigger) for a hearty meal. Here are two of my favorites. Super (souper?) easy and very nutritious:
Cream of Broccoli Soup (no cream required)
4 ½ cups organic chicken broth, divided
1 ½ pounds frozen broccoli florets
1 large stalk celery, chopped
I medium onion chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup low-fat evaporated milk
In a 3 quart saucepan combine 2 cups chicken broth, celery and onion. Cover and heat to boiling. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Do not drain.
Working in batches if necessary, transfer the mixture to a food processor or blender. Blend to uniform consistency.
In a separate 3 quart sauce pan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Slowly add in remaining 2 ½ cups chicken broth, stirring constantly. Heat to boiling, stirring for one minute.
Add white sauce to broccoli mixture, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add evaporated milk and cook until heated through.
1 ¼ cup serving: 88 calories, 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat.
Tomato-Cheese Ravioli Soup
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can vegetable or chicken broth, undiluted
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
½ (25-ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli
1 cup sliced zucchini
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine first three ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer five minutes. Add ravioli, zucchini and pepper, bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer seven minutes or until pasta and zucchini are tender.
Serving size 1 ¼ cup, 228 calories, 9 grams protein, 9 grams fat
You may also want to pop over to Christine’s blog for her minestrone soup recipe!!! YUMMMMO!!
And don’t forget to visit Debbie at Heart Choices. She’s doing a public repentance for falling off the exercise wagon. Don’t we all fall off sometimes? I know I do! Don’t be too hard on yourself, girl! You’re an inspiration to me.
And Sarah at All Pain No Gain wrote a thought-provoking post about real beauty. It’s awesome!
Do you have a favorite soup recipe or something fitness related you want to share? Leave me comment with the recipe or a link to your blog.
Enjoy your soup! Let me know if you try any of them and how you like them.
How exciting about your book!!!
THIS BLOG IS SO CHOICE!!!!
Ok, now to you, Sandy: I will try that cream of broccoli soup recipe. It's my fav!
You're right about the weather. Who wants to lean over a steaming bowl of soup when they are sunburned in summer? Eek!
I have not stopped smiling since I saw your FB post about the publisher meeting a few days ago….SO EXCITED FOR YOU, I CAN HARDLY STAND IT!
So many will be blessed by your words.
Praise the Lord for answered prayer.
I am linking today. Sorry it´s late again. I had it realing in my head. 😉
That´s so awesome that you and your hubby are on such a great fitness journey together! May it continue till we are old and grey.
This blog is what keeps me going throughout the week. Without Sandy in all her wisdom, I don't know what I'd do!!!
How's that, Sandy?
Do boxed soups count??? I make a mean boxed soup!!! ;o) Imagine Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. Okay, I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my shelf waiting for just the right crisp air afternoon to try it!
Oh, and way to go, Jon!
Good for Jon! I have to go back and read your post from last week to get the details. But see that. Be careful what you pray for! LOL.
I'm so glad to hear about this latest from the publisher. I will pray about this my friend.
I'm going to try at least one of these soup recipes this week. Both of them look good and low in calories. My old standby is gazpacho but it's just not the best one if your weather is cold. In Phoenix, I eat gazpacho all year round.
That is such wonderful news about the book! Congrats!
And I couldn't agre emore about the soup! It just so happens that I got a soup recipe posted to my cooking blog this AM! How timely and convenient! Kind of like the cool weather that makes me actually want to enjoy soup! 😉
What good news!
It's awesome that your husband is into getting so fit. My husband did a few P90X workouts with me and really liked it, but he likes going to the gym every morning.
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Way to go for your hubby!! I am praying and believing my hubby will soon take his health and body seriously.
I am so excited for you about your pending book deals! You are a great writer and deserve all good things. Your strength, courage and faith in God helps so many…
I will pray that God personally selects the best publisher for you… You write from the heart and experience…
Also, have you heard anything recently about Andrew? I am following and I notice that Mel has not written in 4 days?
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Oh man p90x is killer. I used to have a couple roommates who would get up before class and do p90x. I used to get up too to go running and sometimes I'd get back and watch them workout and I'd laugh because they looked so ridiculous. Then they convinced me to do a week with them…and I about died. They may have looked ridiculous, but they were getting the workout of their life. Congrats to your husband for doing it.