Fuel your body during COVID-19: Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage – (use old veggies that look ugly/go bad)

the veg

Hello everyone. Yup I had a fridge full of the ugly veggies that I took pictures of for my previous fuel your body post. I wanted to do something with them, so I decided to make it easy on myself and make a veggie sausage soup. You can totally make this vegan with no sausage, but with my family of pre teens they will riot if I don’t feed them.

I had onions, carrots, cellary that was starting to look wilting, and one stalk even looked a little anemic. I had tomatoes that were not firm any more, bell peppers that were wrinkly and not as beautiful, and a staple in my house Yukon Gold potatoes. I had one container of chicken stock, but you can sub veggie stock to make it vegetarian/vegan.

Our stores still don’t have all the products we are used to. Our shipping is over loaded. So I bought what was on sale, and what I could find. When I got home I realized I bought beer bratwurst. So I just went with it.

This recipe can be altered to be:

  1. Vegetarian/Vegan

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten Free (unless you make the bred below)
  2. Dairy Free
  3. Full of Fiber
  4. Full of nutrients
  5. Low in fat
  6. Low in salt

Anyway it came out fantastic. So here is what I did.


Easy Veggie Soup with Sausage

Ingredients:

Yield: 8 servings

  1. 4 cups of stock Chicken/Veggie your preference
  2. 4 really ripe soft tomatoes chopped
  3. 4 cups of Yukon Gold potatoes chopped
  4. 2 cups of carrots chopped
  5. 4 stalks of celery chopped even the leafy tops
  6. 1 yellow onion chopped
  7. 2 green bell peppers or 2 cups chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon of ginger sliced about the top part of your thumb worth of ginger
  9. 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  10. 2 cups of water
  11. 1 tablespoon of salt
  12. Pepper to taste
  13. Beer Bratwurst 5 casing cut removed and sauteed

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, ginger till fragrant, add meat that has been removed from casing, and saute till cooked.
  2. Add hard veggies and the rest of the aromatics, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and celery. Stir together to heat.
  3. Add stock, and water, bring to a boil and lower heat to medium. Let cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Add soft veggies tomatoes, and peppers. Let cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve piping hot. I made home made bread with it, and the family gobbled it up. It made enough to have it for two nights with 4 people.

I will put a link to the bread recipe I used. It is a no knead dough, that uses yeast.

https://www.melskitchencafe.com/rustic-crusty-bread-a-simple-how-to/?fbclid=IwAR1pfUZw-Be0sV68x6MwE51elzx_49rAYZsfv8_nyxR2Xgj-SXh2s5RBHOA

This was a hit with my family. We had warm crusty bread. Delicious soup with so much depth of flavor. They gobbled it up.

I hope this post finds you and your family healthy and happy. Please stay safe, wash your hands, and take the precautions you need. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Would you like to see posts about baking breads?

Fuel my body, during COVID-19 shortages…Strawberry Banana Lime Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Good morning… yup I hear my family fussing about hunger. So here is what I came up with this morning.

This recipe is:

  1. Gluten free if you need it(make sure to get the gluten free oats/means it is processed away from glutenous products)
  2. Can be dairy free
  3. Vegetarian
  4. Can Be Sugar free if you choose sugar alternatives (like Stevia, equal)
  5. Natural Sugar ( Like honey, or agave nectar) or omit the sugar all together.
  6. Has a good amount of protein and fiber to fill your family up.

Right now there is a shortage of eggs in my area. I had to go to 3 stores to find them. A lot of the pre-made or instant items are being taken, so you are left with rolled oats, some produce, milk if you are lucky, but soy, almond, and alternative milks are around.

This is a great recipe for using “ugly” fruit. Fruits and or Veggies that are not the prettiest, and have been picked over, are great in baked items. My banana was going the way of the Dodo, and had some bruises, however, it still baked up just fine.

Luckily for me??? Am I lucky? I am lactose intolerant. So I tend to have alternative milk products around.

I was able to find strawberries, bananas, limes, had coconut milk, and had non instant oatmeal at home.

I decided to make a tropical-ish baked oatmeal breakfast… Can we imagine we are away on a deserted island, I mean we have the isolation part right? Win!

You can make this the night ahead and heat it up in the morning. You can also remove from the pan and wrap completely, and freeze if you have leftovers.


Enough talking here is the recipe:

Strawberry Banana Lime Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of rolled oats
  2. 1/3 cup of granulated sweetener ** (or leave it out)
  3. 1 1/2 cups of milk (sub almond, soy, coconut)
  4. 1/2 cups of milk (sub lime juice, orange juice, or water)
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 8 oz/221 grams of Strawberries
  8. 1 each/100 grams ripe banana
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 lime zested (optional)
  11. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Mix the dry ingredients, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, mix in half of the strawberries, and half zest
  3. Grease or spray a 2 quart pan, and put dry ingredients down. Layer fruit on top.
  4. Whisk together wet ingredients, milk, juice, egg, vanilla
  5. Pour wet ingredients over
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, depending on oven. Take it out when top of the oatmeal is browned nicely.
  7. Enjoy hot, or let it cool down and enjoy at room temperature.

I hope you get a chance to try this. It is adaptable to other fruits, and keep in mind it is a great use of fruits that are not the prettiest.

This serves ~ 6 servings. Total calories depends on the ingredients you use. But about 200 to 250 calories.

** Use any type of granulated sugar or sugar substitute that you can measure same as sugar. Honey is sweeter on the pallet. So conversion is 1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of honey.

Thank you for reading. You can use this time to adapt your goals and try something new. You can still stick to your healthy lifestyle its just going to take some tweaks and ingenuity. Have a great day and stay healthy.

Quick Note: Don’t throw away those squeezed limes. You can slice them up and put those in your water, for lime flavored water.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

I wanted pancakes, but I wanted healthy and I wanted to stay on track so I made these. They don’t have any extra sugar in them other than what is in your protein powder, and bananas. A bit of honey is what they needed to top them off. They were delicious, and exactly what I wanted.

This is gluten free, dairy free because I use (Vega protein powder), vegetarian, full of protein, low in fat, and have fiber in them.

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder ( I use Vega)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, for cooking
  • fruit garnish (I had frozen fruit)
  • Honey for serving

Directions:

Take all ingredients and blend together in the blender.

Cook them as you would a regular pancake.

Keep in mind when you cook anything chocolate it can be hard to tell when something is done due to the darkness of the batter.

Calories/Stats: Serving Size 2 servings, sans honey and fruit

Calories 800, Fat 31.6 g, Fiber 11.5 g, Carbs 80.7 g, Sodium 835.9 mg, Protein 56.7 g

I hope you all get a chance to try this out. Let me know what you think, and if you have a chance to try it out.

Spicy Mango Fruit Bowl

Ok this may seem strange to you, but this is such a tasty snack and healthy to boot. Its full of fiber, vitamins, good fats, and protein. It is gluten free, vegan, and did I mention it is tasty.

Cayenne pepper is so good on tropical fruits. I love the sweet and spicy mixture. My mango was a little under ripe so it was a little more acidic. But just as tasty.

Enough of my jabbering here is the recipe.


Spicy Mango Fruit Bowl

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mango diced
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1/4 cup or 24 grams of roasted almonds
  4. 10 grams of unsweetened tasted coconut
  5. Cayenne pepper to taste (beware the pepper packs a kick)

Directions:

  1. Dice mango up, slice banana, add roasted almonds, sprinkle on the cayenne, sprinkle on the tasted coconut.
  2. Mix together and enjoy

Stats:

Calories 371, Fat 12.9 g, Fiber 8.6 g, Carbs 63.7 g, Sodium 13.5 mg, Protein 8 g


I hope you get a chance to try this. It is one of my favorite snacks. Its a whole food snack, spicy, and tasty. Did I mention that it is easy to make. All you have to do is cut up the fruit. You could make it ahead of time and put it in a reusable container and take it to work with you.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Waffle

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Yup I did it. I made pumpkin pie flavored protein pancakes this morning. I have 2.5 to 3 hours of training to do today. So I needed a good breakfast that stuck with me. The best part is it was delicious.

This is both light and full of protein so that it will take longer to digest. Its so good, and my husband and kiddos said that the topping tastes like pumpkin pie.

I added whipped cream to my waffle, and made a pumpkin pie puree topping.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Waffles

Ingredients Batter: (yield 7 servings)

  1. 2 cups Birch Benders Protein Pancakes
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  4. 2 tbl veggie oil
  5. 1 tsp of cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1 1/2 cup of water

Ingredients Pumpkin Pie Topping: (yield 4 servings)

  1. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  2. cinnamon to taste
  3. pumpkin pie spice to taste
  4. 2 tbs maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Mix 2 cups of Birch Benders mix, with oil, water, egg and pumpkin puree.
  2. Heat up your waffle iron, spray with pan spray
  3. Fill the waffle iron with 1/2 cup of mix
  4. Cook till done

Directions for topping:

  1. Mix together 1 cup of pumpkin puree, the spices, and the maple syrup.

Stats: For 1 waffle the recipe made 7 waffles.

155 calories, 5.4 g Fat, 1.14 g fiber, 16.28 g carbs, 183.71 mg salt, 10.3 g protein

Stats: For 1 servings topping

46 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber, 11.7 g carbs, 3.4 mg sodium, 0.5 g protein

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These were so tasty, low in fat, vegetarian, and very low in sugar.

I hope you get a chance to try these. It was a hit with the kiddos and husband. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to. I loved them. Thank you for reading, and keep trying to be the best you can be. My respects to you and your family.

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Egg Whites Scramble with Veggie Sausages

This is a simple breakfast. Its something that I do often. I waffled over if I should post it because it is so simple. But it is delicious vegetarian, full of protein, nutrients, and vegetarian. Which my body seems to run better on anyway. =)

It took about 15 minutes all in all to make.

So simple as it is here you go:

Ingredients:

  1. 4 egg whites
  2. 1 cup of portabella mushrooms sliced.
  3. 1 cup of sweet peppers sliced
  4. 1 green onion sliced
  5. 2 Morning Star Farms veggie sausages
  6. 1 tsp of olive oil

Directions:

  1. Follow the package details on sausages.
  2. Saute lower half of green onion, and mushrooms, add the sweet peppers.
  3. Move the veggies to the side, add egg whites and scramble.
  4. Serve up warm and enjoy.

Stats:
Calories 244, Fat 8.4 g, Fiber 6.7 g, Carbs 18 g, Sodium 527.7 mg,
Protein 27.2 g

I hope you get a chance to try this delicious and healthy breakfast. I added a plain bagel to get some carbs in. Let me know what you think.

Make Your Own Tropical Smoothie Bowl

If you have been anywhere in the metropolitan U.S. of A, you will notice that smoothie bowls are a thing. Especially in the summer when its hot and you don’t want to eat something hot. As fall is kicking in and its going to get colder and I don’t know about you but I will want less cold foods and more warm, or warming foods. But since it is still only the fall and summer is still holding on I thought I would post this.

Its easy peasy. Choose a frozen fruit you like, or a mix of them. Have frozen bananas on hand. And choose your toppings. For this one I chose nut and dried fruit mix for the healthy fats, a few dark chocolate chips to feel like I am getting a treat, desiccated coconut, and frozen raspberries.

You are going to blend the frozen fruits till you get tiny chunks of fruit. It kinda looks like confetti. It will look a little like this.

After you get the frozen fruit mix into tiny chunks, you add the liquid. Today I used soy milk and water. Blend again till smooth and you get something that looks like soft serve ice cream.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of frozen fruit (this was a tropical fruit mix)
  2. 1 frozen banana
  3. 4 tbs of soy milk
  4. water as needed alternately you can use juice instead

    Topping ingredients
  5. 2 x tbs Nut and fruit mix (I used planters NUT-rition)
  6. 1/4 frozen raspberries
  7. 1 tsp of dark chocolate chips
  8. 2 grams of desiccated coconut

Directions:

  1. blend the frozen fruit till it is in small chunks
  2. add liquid and blend till smooth, add water if needed
  3. put the smoothie in a bowl and add toppings and enjoy.

Calories 426, Fat 11.71 g, Carbs 76.11 g, Protein 9.58 g, Fiber 10.93 g, Total Sugars 50.89 g, Sodium 59.36 mg

I hope you get a chance to try this on your own. Thanks for reading. My respect to you.