April 5, 2011: “Green Sauce” Pesto, Rainy Day Soup

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The Weekly Peek: April 5, 2011

Issue Eight

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Perfect Pesto


Main Ingredients:

Basil, garlic, nuts, olive oil.


Rainy Day Soup

This is a delicious recipe that is mainly vegetables. I make it when I have pesto around & the weather is rainy or cold.

- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 leeks (white parts only), chopped
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 2-3 celery stalks chopped
- 1 small zucchini, diced
- 1 small yellow squash, diced
- 5-6 c stock (veggie or chicken)
- 1/2 c orzo or alphabet pasta
- 16 oz can crushed tomatoes (or fresh if in season)
- 3/4 package baby spinach
- 2T pesto
- Parmesan cheese 

1. Saute garlic and leeks (or shallots or white onion) in olive oil in large sauce pot on medium heat for about 3 minutes till translucent
2. Add carrot, celery, zucchini, squash – stir occasionally for 3-5 minutes
3. Add stock, orzo, pesto and tomatoes
4. Bring to a boil; then lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes
5. Add baby spinach and stir till spinach is wilted
6. Add salt & pepper to taste, serve with grated Parmesan cheese

Note: like many soups this one is better the second day after flavors have combined.  Re-heat over medium heat adding a little extra stock or water if you like it more soupy. 

Focus Food: Herbs 

Fresh herbs are fantastic for you. They add flavor without calories and are fun to use. The essential oils found in basil have potent antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.   


Shopping Bag


I love this book because it has great information and good visuals: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Trugh About What You Should Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden




Life lesson from volunteer firefighter

As Mom’s we’re super busy and spend a lot of time with our own kids. Here’s a message about giving back in small ways when you can.  





At more than fifty degrees, today was a welcome relief from “Sprinter” as my 4-year old calls it (Spring that feels like Winter”).  


With the first trees and daffodils in bloom, I took the kids out for a photo shoot in the park.  Naps were over so I thought I had a good chance… not so… my maniac muffin at two years old was running off, my baby fell asleep in the stroller and my oldest was giving me the “angry face” because I forgot her popcorn and water at home… Not the Kodak moment I was shooting for! 



Usually when it’s “too quiet” in the girls’ room it spells trouble.  Today however the girls were watching a show so I knew it was just my now 8-month-old Tugboat in there.  Wondering what he was doing, I walked in to find him standing up holding onto a toddler bed mattress.  He was just so proud of himself for accomplishing this feat.  I was too ;-)  


You cannot plough a field 

by turning it over in your mind… 

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