Warm Up with National Soup Month

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup


 

There is no better way to warm up after a cold winter day than a hot bowl of your favorite soup. In honor of National Soup Month coming to an end, we have gone through the Forq app to find some of our favorite soups to share with you!

I am here in New England, and it is absolutely freezing. I recently just got back from a trip visiting family in South Carolina and Florida, and we had some cold days all the way down there too! It’s winter time; it seems no one is safe from the cold, especially up here in New England. My favorite way to warm up is to eat a big bowl of soup.

Soup is one of my favorite things to eat for lunch. I usually make big batches of chicken noodle or vegetable soup and stick it in my freezer so it’s easily accessible for me to just heat up! It’s easy to make, tasty, and there are a ton of healthy soup options as well.

My all-time favorite soup is definitely Broccoli Cheddar. Panera Bread has perfected it, but you can at home too! The great thing about this soup

Lentil Barley Soup

Lentil Barley Soup

is that it is the perfect consistency to serve in bread bowls– yum! Another favorite of mine is Lentil Barley Soup. I grew up with my mom making lentil soup every winter, so this soup reminds me of home! It’s also pretty healthy; lentils are pretty nutritious. They contain fiber, protein, and vitamins, yet are low in calories. Yet they still fill you up! Definitely healthier than using noodles. If you’re looking for another healthy soup, I’d definitely recommend this Vegetable Soup. I’ve had tons of different variations, but no matter the vegetables, it was always tasty!

Chicken Parm Soup

Chicken Parm Soup

If you are looking for a noodley soup, I’d try this Chicken Parm Soup out. I mean, who doesn’t like chicken parm?! I look at it as a variation on the classic chicken noodle soup– delish! And if you like noodles, then you will absolutely love gnocchi, so you should try out this creamy

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup. For those of you that don’t know, gnocchi are like little potato dumpling noodles. They’re amazing! Definitely with the try.

Now this would not be a soup blog if I didn’t include my mom’s favorite soup, French Onion. Any time we go out to eat, she

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

checks if French Onion Soup is on the menu. And if it is, she gets it!

There are so many soups out there that are waiting to be made! The Forq app has tons of soup recipes; all you have to do is search “soup” and browse through! Happy cooking!

Simple Skillet Dinners

bell-pepper-569070_960_720I am a crazy-busy person; a lot busier than I want to be. But at this point in my life, that’s just the way it is! So while I’m juggling my jobs, relationships, and classes, I make sure I find time to cook at least one good meal a day. And now, with the help of one of my Christmas gifts I received, it looks like that could get a lot easier! Yep, you guessed it, I got a skillet. And not just any skillet; I got an awesome, cast iron skillet that can go straight from the stove into the oven. I’ve used it a few times now, and if you don’t have one, I highly recommend it!

Some of these recipes I am about to share specify that a cast iron skillet is necessary, as the meal starts on the stove and finishes off in the oven. However, not all do! The price tag on these skillets has stopped me from getting one for a while, but I did some research and it turns out some highly rated ones are just around $20! Here are a few I found:

 

I’m no skillet expert, but I liked that this K Mart skillet package comes with three sizes! I buy pretty much everything off of Amazon, and they have a huge selection of skillets. I’m also a Target fanatic and have never been disappointed with any Target items I have bought.

After you read about these mouth-watering recipes found on the Forq app, you’ll definitely want to invest in one!

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

First, we have this Skillet Lasagna. I love lasagna, and am super excited to try this twist! A cast iron skillet is recommended, but not completely necessary because it is made completely on the stove and does not have to go in the oven. Continuing with this pasta skillet trend, we have this Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet. Yum! The closet thing I’ve ever

Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet

had to combing bbq and pasta would probably be when my bbq ribs and pasta salad touch on my plate at a family barbecue, so I can only imagine how great this pasta skillet would be! Another super yummy pasta skillet is this Southwestern Chicken Alfredo Skillet. I love pretty much anything southwestern-inspired, including this. You get the creaminess of the sauce combined with the sweetness of the corn… yum! If you’re not a fan of pasta with your southwestern flavors, this Southwest Chicken Skillet uses rice instead– another tasty option with similar flavors!

Southwestern Alfredo Skillet

Southwestern Alfredo Skillet

I find I cook mostly with chicken more than any other meat, so I picked out some chicken dishes to make in my new skillet. I am super excited about this Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet, not only because it is going to be super tasty but also healthy as well! I also think it will hold well for leftovers so I can easily put it into tupperware and take my leftovers to work the next day. Next, we have this Artichoke Chicken Skillet. Super yummy and just needs to be paired with a side of rice or veggies! Similar to that is this One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Chicken. Lemon is a great, fresh flavor that I love to use in my cooking, especially paired with chicken!

One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Chicken

One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Chicken

Last but not least, I’m super excited to try this Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet. In my last blog post I discussed how I am trying to get a littler healthier this year with my cooking, and this recipe is both healthy and tasty.

I’m still new at this whole skillet cooking thing, so I have yet to determine my favorite skillet recipes. But if you have, don’t hesitate to share them on the Forq app for the people (like me) that are still learning! Happy cooking!

A Healthy New Year

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Don’t let the title or the picture of fresh fruits and veggies scare you! It’s the new year, so I figured I would share one of my resolutions with you. I never thought I would be the type of person to have “get healthy” as a resolution. I am a generally healthy person already. But I think this year I am going to focus on some little differences that can hopefully add up to one big change in my health.

“Get healthy” or “eat better” are such vague resolutions! So I decided I would break it down into just three, manageable goals that are definitely reachable for myself.

  1. Eat a fresh fruit or vegetable dish with every meal. Because I have such a busy schedule, I find myself constantly making one-pot meals that mfp_38248aadfe3c6603551015ad0b39eb5fGreen-Beans-with-Caramelized-Shallotshave little or no veggies. Even in the morning, I am going to try to pair a banana with my oatmeal or cereal for an extra boost. As for the rest of my meals, I am going to keep some frozen veggies on hand but they are always better fresh! I’ve also found a few recipes of side dish veggies to try, like these Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and this Roasted BroccoliThe veggie side that I want to try is Mashed Cauliflower. I am a huge potato fan, I could eat mashed potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Unfortunately, they are not a very healthy side! I am hoping to replace some of those mashed potato days with mashed cauliflower, and even try it out in some recipes like Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie.
  2. Eat more quinoa. I love quinoa! It’s super easy to make and can be used quinoa-1822176_960_720with pretty much any ingredients you want to thrown in from the fridge or cupboard. It’s also insanely healthy! It has so much protein you don’t have to worry about eating it with any meats, although you certainly can. I personally love pairing mine with onions and black beans or chickpeas, then add any veggies I have in the fridge! My personal favorites to add are corn,
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    One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa

    butternut squash, and broccoli. To learn more about quinoa, we have a ton of stuff on this quinoa page of our website with a ton of recipes including everything from pizza crusts to salads, from pudding to pancakes. I’ve also picked out a few recipes from the Forq app: Quinoa Chickpea and Avocado Salad,  Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad, One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa, and Quinoa and Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls. The great thing about all the recipes that I picked out is that they will be perfect for leftovers! I can have it for dinner one night, then bring it to work the next few days as a healthy lunch.

  3. Try to replaces not so healthy foods with healthier alternatives. There seems to be a new trend where people replace carb-filled noodles with
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    Avocado Chocolate Pudding

    zucchini… I want to try it. I could never cut carbs out completely, but I know I could handle cutting back a little! This Zucchini Lasagna looks like a great healthy alternative to lasagna noodles, and this Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles seems flavorful enough that I wouldn’t even miss the carbs! Another great alternative to spaghetti that I already use and love is spaghetti squash. I literally just use it as a replacement to my noodles with some of Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce but I want to expand my horizons. It’s also super easy to cook, and this page can tell you how if you need any help! There are also a ton of recipes on this spaghetti squash page from the Forq website. Last but not least, I need to figure out some healthy alternatives to desserts. So far I have been able to satisfy my cravings for sweets by eating fresh fruit and sometimes adding some Greek yogurt and honey, but I know that won’t last long! I’m extremely excited to try out this Avocado Chocolate Pudding as well as this Healthy 1 Ingredient Banana Ice-Cream. Hopefully these will keep me away from the tub of Ben & Jerry’s in my freezer… at least sometimes!

I guess my biggest resolution of all is just to try new things. Eating all these things isn’t going to be easy– I’m a carboholic! I am hoping that making a few changes in my diet will keep me healthier in the future! Happy 2017!

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