Chilled Tomato Basil & Roasted Garlic Soup with Avocado Yogurt

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Sometimes a recipe can drop from the heavens and land in your lap. It can come from necessity, a craving, or just some creativity in the kitchen.

This recipe was made from all three. I have a deep love for tomatoes, and I was searching for some ideas for lunch and that would also fit into my clean-eating diet. I also wanted it to be something that I could easily make to take to work for lunch. It needed to be refreshing because I live in Phoenix, and the summers can be brutal. The last thing I want to eat is a hot and greasy lunch when the temperatures can reach as high as 120+ degrees in the middle of summer. This couldn’t be a more perfect summer recipe for any occasion.

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My recipe criteria was:

1. Can make in a hurry
2. Easily take to work
3. Super healthy
4. Oh so delicious
5. #dinnerdone

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I started to brainstorm recipe ideas and looked in my kitchen cupboard to try to put something together that was filling, low calorie and satisfying. I grabbed my Hunt’s diced tomatoes and basil from the fridge and thought I could experiment with making something yummy.

I choose to use canned tomatoes because they are already cooked, peeled and ready to go. Using peeled tomatoes keeps the texture of my soup the way I like it. I also must admit that I really like the flavor when it’s a premium brand like Hunt’s. I use their diced tomatoes and the main difference with Hunt’s to other brands is that they use a unique flashsteam peeling method. Hunt’s only uses steam and water to peel their tomatoes, unlike other brands that may use lye to remove the peel.

This recipe could not be easier. I make it all the time now and it is great because it just takes a few minutes, and you can make a large batch that can last you all week. I also love this recipe because you can add anything to change it up and add some crunchy texture. On occasion, I sometimes add anything from fresh corn kernels, avocado, diced cucumbers, radishes and peppers. The options are endless.

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Quick Gluten Free Breakfast – Egg on a Pesto Filled Portabella

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All right, I am going to bring it up: New Years Resolutions.  There I said it.  I’ll let it sit for a few moments…. Okay now that we got the awkward part out of the way let’s get down to it.  I know you want to ignore them and just give up but come on! Let’s dust them off and see what our batting average is this April!  I have more than a few that I am still pretty far away from, but one that I have been really enjoying is the challenge of eating breakfast.   Now I used to live in Manhattan and breakfast was a cup of coffee (if I was lucky) and for a really special day I would have a yogurt.   But this year my health is of the essence which makes getting a healthy and protein/veggie rich start to my day even more imperative.

Wanting to get a good start to your day with breakfast is all well-and-good but what about the time! This is something I battle with on the daily.  I have so much to get done in the morning before I jet to the office.  So lately, I have been wracking my brain to think of grain free, quick, delicious breakfast ideas.  Because, let me tell you, if it isn’t tasty, it really doesn’t matter how healthy or quick it is.

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Goat Cheese & Pesto Stuffed Chicken

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s Madison again from Wetherills Say I Do.

Do you ever try something at a restaurant and know that you have to make it at home sometime? Well that’s how this dish got started in our house. We went to a local restaurant called J.Peppers where I had the most divine meal ever. As you probably guessed, it was a chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and pesto. Within a week probably, I redid the meal at home. Now it’s become one of our favorites!

We eat chicken a lot in our house and I love how easy it is to dress up chicken by stuffing it with some of your favorite ingredients. The other night I bought some goat cheese for another recipe and knew it would be a perfect weekend dinner to do our favorite stuffed chicken recipe! 

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One-Step Homemade Butter + 5 Recipes

Have you ever thought of making your own butter? Or ran out of butter, but couldn’t run to the store? Did you know that you can make your own butter in just two-steps with 1 or 2 ingredients?

I had no idea either.

But, you can take some heavy cream, whip it up and make some delicious, fluffy butter. It is ideal for those recipes on pinterest where they make their gourmet butter with herbs and spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 cups heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place in food processor and mix until you reach the consistency you desire. If you like your butter a little loose and spreadable, don’t mix as long. You may need to press your butter with the back of a spoon to get rid of the excess liquid.

If you would like to make gourmet butter, add your ingredients with the liquid before turning into butter. Refrigerate and serve. Mold into butter logs if desired.

 

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 5 Herb Butter Recipes

Italian Herb Butter

  • fresh parsley
  • chopped 2 teaspoons fresh oregano
  • chopped 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Cilantro Lime Butter

  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 – 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 – 2 tsp chives
  • 1 – 2 tsp basil

Lemon Herb Butter

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Savory Herb Butter

  • 1 Tbsp minced chives
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper