Potato Leek Soup

This weeks un-posted meal plan was created as I browsed the Spokane Public Market produce selection on Saturday. I snatched up some rather gorgeous leeks and plump Yukon Gold potatoes, and decided potato leek soup would be the perfect Meatless Monday meal.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a go-to recipe, as I’ve never actually made potato leek soup. So I looked up a bunch of recipes, borrowed what looked appealing and left behind what didn’t. The result? A ridiculously thick and creamy soup that I can’t wait to make again.

Potato Leek Soup

yields eight cups – six-1 1/3 cup servings

Nutritionals (per 1 1/3 cup serving): 250 cal, 59g carb, 6g fat, 10 g pro, 1 g fiber, 11 g sugar

Ingredients

3 lb yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced in 1/2 inch chunks

1 medium sweet onion, diced

2 large leeks, diced (thoroughly rinsed)

1 TBS flour

2 TBS unsalted butter

2 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 12-oz can evaporated fat free milk

1/2 tsp finely ground black pepper

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp thyme

dash marjoram

salt to taste

Directions

In large pot, heat butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir to combine. Once combined, add oregano, thyme, marjoram and pepper, stirring to combine. Add onions and leeks, stirring well. Reduce heat to medium-low and sautee for 7-10 minutes. Do not brown leeks!

Once onions and leeks are translucent, add chicken broth, evaporated fat free milk and potatoes. Turn up heat to high, bring to a boil, reduce heat back to medium-low and cover. Keep soup simmering for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and either use an immersion blender, or spoon soup into a food processor or blender (in batches), and blend until smooth.

I enjoyed my bowl with apple wood smoked bacon, and I think you should to.

What is your favorite potato: Yukon gold, red, fingerling, russet, or another?

I’m a huge red potato fan, but this summer I experienced a blue potato from the farmer’s market that made me squeal with delight.

Zucchini and White Bean Soup

We still have zucchini overtaking our garden. Luckily I was able to squeeze a tiny bit of creativity out of myself this week, and I whipped up a batch of this healthy, filling, end of summer soup.

Zucchini and White Bean Soup

Serves 6 – approximately 1 1/3 cup servings

Ingredients

2-3 large zucchinis, cut into chunks

1/2 large onion (I used sweet, but yellow would work well too)

4 cloves garlic, minced

42 oz vegetable broth or chicken broth (3 14 oz cans)

1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained (black beans would work well too)

1 tsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Throw vegetable broth, onion, garlic, zucchini and Italian seasoning into a large pot and bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

Transfer half of your batch to your food processor, add half the Greek yogurt, and process until smooth. Do the same with the second half of your batch, adding the last half of the Greek yogurt.

Make sure your lid is on and actually snaps in place…

both times.

Yes, I spilled it once, cleaned it up, and then made the exact same mistake the second time. An immersion blender could prevent this issue. Hmm…add to amazon wish list…

Return to pot, add beans, and heat through. Salt and pepper to taste.

I plan to make a second batch and freeze it for work week winter meals. The first batch went too quickly to freeze!

Enjoy!

Everybody dance now.

Guess who chose an alarm that was only reoccurring on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings?

That would be me.

Guess who wishes she wasn’t celebrating the Zags win last night as much as she did?

Also me.

Guess who wasn’t organized in normal-fashion this morning?

Still me.

Oatfit again made its presence known for breakfast.

Chobani followed soon after.

For lunch I brought what I thought was a bean, rice, veggie and cheese burrito, only to discover chicken was an ingredient as well. Sonofab. March Madness, I blame you.

Luckily I had a can of soup stashed on my shelf for such emergencies.

It wasn’t amazing or anything, in fact it was rather sweet, but it did fill me up.

On the side I had a multi-grain english muffin with a laughing cow wedge.

Later on I snacked on an apple, prepping myself for the madness that is chaperoning a middle school dance.

We have a school rule that students cannot attend the dances if they have any unpaid library fines or overdue books. You would be amazed how many books I received back today. Amazed. And amazed by the number of parents who left work to go home, find said books, and bring them to school. Wow.

Since the dance was St. Patty’s themed, I figured that even though the day when everyone is Irish has passed, I could still show you a picture of that Reuben Maddness bracket I told y’all about on Wednesday.

Cute, no? I nabbed the paper before it hit the recycling bin just so I could get a photo for y’all. Or maybe just for myself, because I find a food bracket to be quite pleasing.

I arrived home a short while ago and immediately started snacking on my adzuki bean chips.

I’m contemplating what to do about dinner. Middle school dances exhaust me, I kind of want to order take-in, but I can only think of pizza as an option. Hmmm…

While I decide what I’m going to do, here’s your fashion Friday installment for the week.

Monday was way cuter in my head.

Tuesday was all about the comfort

Wednesday

Thursday, everyone loves an Irish girl.

Friday, school spirit style.

In non-foodie related news, my friend Amy is starting student teaching on Monday. Nerve-wracking! I know there are quite a few teachers who read my blog, so if you are one what is your number one piece of advice for student teaching

Mine is: Be consistent – with everything! Remember, you aren’t their friend, you’re their teacher. If they get upset with you for being an enforcer of classroom rules/expectation they are really just upset with themselves, don’t take it personally!

 

 

Five Hundred February Challenge.

First things first: my hair cut/color

back

Side


Front…my co-worker wanted me to “strike a pose!” so I did…

..twice.


Arrgh, why can I never do my bangs as well the following day? Sigh.

You know those girls who look effortlessly beautiful when they arrive at the gym at 6 a.m.? All bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to run? I am not one of those girls. I show up with creases on my face from my pillow and the remnents of Mr. Sandman’s visit still in the crooks of my eyes. It isn’t a pretty sight. But I do manage to get on the treadmill nonetheless and get my butt into gear.

This morning I pounded out 2.38 miles in 30 minutes, (still slow, but .2 miles more than I went last week, so I’ll take it!), plus a little leg action afterward. I really need to start doing squats/lunges again, but the Y doesn’t have a great area to do these things. So I’m always lazy and just use the assisted machines instead.

My brekkie was coffee w/raw sugga and half&half and oats w/almond milk/water, dried apricots, blueberry craisins, cinnamon and chia seeds.

My snail got some SUN 🙂

Lunch was leftover santa fe chicken w/quinoa and an apple.

Snackies of peppermint tea, veggies and a laughing cow.

Dinner is cooking as I type: Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup is on the stove,

La Brea Rosemary Olive Oil bread is in the oven,

and I am about to make a simple salad with this.

And I found these new skittles today while I was picking up some mozz to top our soup with.

I’m pretty excited about that watermelon green apple freeze one 🙂

But on to the Five Hundred February Challenge.

Have I mentioned I love food?

Yeah, I thought so. Have I also mentioned I spend entirely too much money at the grocery store? Have you seen how often I go to Costco? Jeebus. While I love the convenience of a debit card, it is so easy to swipe that piece of plastic and walk away with fun ingredients I never knew I needed.

The hubs and I decided to do something fun for spring break, and as a result I’ve imposed a challenge on our budget: $500 total can be spent on food and drink, ($300 grocery/$200 restaurant), during the month of February. And yes, those skittles count (and are totally necessary) in the $300 grocery budget.

This may not seem like restraining the purse strings to some, but we do have three adults in our house and Libb eats like he is going through a growth spurt. But due to our thrice-monthly trips to Costco we have an abundance of frozen protein, (ground turkey, chicken breast and thighs, steak, cod, mahi mahi and salmon), veggies and bread to be consumed. Since February is the shortest month, I think we can handle the challenge!

Essentially all we really need to purchase is milk, half&half, almond milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit. I’m fairly positive we can do this at $75 a week.

I wanted to do a month of freezer cooking for February, but cleaning out the freezer works just as well. Plus I don’t even have room in my freezer right now to add freezer meals!

Currently, I’m busy building my menu, and I am pretty excited about it.

So, who’s with me?


Snow? Don’t think so.

My phone alerted me that there was a “severe storm advisory” for today. No snow, not even rain, to keep me from my fillings this morning. Darn.

I did learn a lesson though: don’t schedule a filling appointment for 11 a.m. Even if you eat right before you arrive, you will be ready for lunch after and you won’t be able to do anything about it for a few hours because your mouth will be numb. Sigh. Back to 8 a.m. appointments.

Since I was already on the south hill I was able to stop by my favorite grocery store. I really hate that there aren’t any great grocery stores within walking distance of my new place. I also decided to head over to The Rack to use my very first Groupon. Yay! I found a pair of Joe’s Jeans (I LOVE their jeans), and only had to spend $29. Score!

I did have some nummy car snacks to munch on after the novocaine wore off.

Bell pepper filled with a laughing cow light wedge.

Kashi bar (a little too crunchy! for my sore mouth).

Some cherry prunes.

And a special treat (a.k.a. totally empty calories).

At 3 my mouth was still killing me and my head was pounding. I popped some excedrin and decided if it kicked in by the time I arrived at the gym I would do 20 minutes. It did, and I wound up blasting Katy Perry and Ke$ha for an hour on the treadclimber.

Now I’m relaxing in my red chair munching on some bread and the provincial oil I received for Christmas.

Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup is on the stove

And a cherry pie is in the oven.

This is my first attempt at baking a cherry pie…wish me luck!