Can you believe Halloween is tomorrow! I hope everyone has their costumes ready (or almost ready). I’ve always been one of those people that waits until the last minute, which usually means lots of frantic sewing (or gluing!) the night before the 31st.
If you procrastinate like me, why don’t you join me in a cocktail tonight? I’ve created this refreshing fruity rum concoction to make the pin pricks and frustrations much more bearable and to remind me of the warmer weather that once was, just a few short weeks ago.
Join me on Twitter with the hashtag #prehalloweencocktail and show me your Triple Zombie! I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Halloween weekend.
As summer wains and Halloween gets closer, we start to seek out warm, hearty comfort foods and what’s more comforting than homemade soup? This healthy recipe is simple and creamy without the fat and sugar from traditional recipes. If you like your tomato soup chunky, add in a canned of drained, fire roasted diced tomatoes. Grilled cheese sandwiches can quickly pack in the calories so try small cheese toast cubes instead. Top a small slice of crusty whole wheat baguette with goat cheese and a tiny drizzle of olive oil and toss into your soup cup for added crunch.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
2 tablespoons minced onion flakes
1 can (46 ounces) tomato juice, divided
1 cup instant non-fat dry milk
2 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 packet Sweet ‘N Low
Place milk powder in bowl. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups tomato juice, stirring to form a smooth paste. Set aside. In large saucepan, combine remaining tomato juice and other ingredients, except Sweet ‘N Low, and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf and cloves. Pour some of the hot liquid into the tomato-milk paste; stir, then pour mixture back into saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring constantly, to serving temperature. Do not boil. Stir in Sweet ‘N Low.
This week, try replacing high fat meats, such as sausage, bacon, ribs, and untrimmed beef or pork with lean meats and use cooking methods that don’t add extra fat (such as baking, broiling, or grilling). You may be surprised by what’s out there and find a new favorite meat!