21 year old trying to live a well balanced healthy life.
Want to be my BOTM for the month of April?!
What you’ll get if you’re chosen:
- Solo promos daily
- Various other promos
- i’ll reblog all your selfies (hell yeah)
- A link on my blog for the month
- Automatically in any other promos I do
- Help with anything you need
- A spot in my ‘favourite blogs’ page forever
- A friend - I’ll give you promos/help with anything even after the BOTM is over if you ask!
- My last BOTM gained 2,000+
- Other stuff probably
- Mbf me & check out my previous BOTM!
- Must be a positive, health/fitness blog!
- Reblogs only, you can like AND reblog but if you only like you won’t be chosen!
- I check out all blogs and will promo my favourites during March!
- Message me and tell me about yourself/why you want to be my BOTM for a better chance of being chosen!
- I look for a nicely set out blog with helpful links and personal touches! (eg. about me, personal posts)
I have been finding it very difficult as a super busy student to find meals that are healthy and quick to make. This can be quite discouraging and frustrating. If you have any quick and healthy meals post them :)
Cold day, hot chicken noodle soup
I am here! Perhaps I’m giving myself too much credit to think there may be a few of you out there that actually missed me, but I’m back. It’s been an insanely busy time for me and I had to take care of other business. And Mom, I’ll get back to you on those emails soon, I promise!
In the meantime this lovely soup was something I made and never had time to post during the insanity. I find it so interesting that some foods (soups in particular) have as many widely-different recipes as the cooks that make them, oftentimes due to family traditions and geographic regions. I chose this particular variant because it sounded interesting and I am happy to report it was absolutely delicious. I don’t know if it would break kind of sopa de fideos rules, but adding diced avocado and a dollop of sour cream would make even more tasty!
You would think that the noodles would turn to mush after so much cooking time, but they don’t. Adding the liquid in intervals lets the noodles absorb the flavors. ¡Buen provecho!
Sopa de fideos de México (Mexican noodle soup) Recipe adapted from azucarandspice.com
- 1 medium-size onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (or you may substitute whole, canned tomatoes)
- 1 to 2 chipotle peppers in
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup water (for sauce)
- 1 (7 ounce) package angel hair pasta cut into 1 – 2 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil, such as canola, divided
- 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
- 3 1/2 cups water, divided
- Shredded chicken, optional (I used some Costco rotisserie chicken and it was delicious!)
- Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
The recipe I modified did not say to remove the skins from the tomatoes, but I blanched them quickly in boiling water and then submerged them into ice water. I then was easily able to remove the skins.
Sauté the onions in 1 tablespoon of the oil for about 5 minutes, or until onions begin to soften. Add garlic and continue to cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers and cook other 3 minutes. Place cooked vegetables along with the 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup water in a blender and blend until mixture is creamy. Pour tomato mixture into a large sauce pan or Dutch oven and keep hot on medium heat.
Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the noodles and fry them until they are light brown, stirring constantly.
Transfer noodles to the tomato mixture. Add 2 cups of the chicken broth and increase heat to simmer soup. Cover. (The soup will cook for an hour total, adding more liquid every 15 minutes.) After 15 minutes cooking time, stir in 2 cups of water. After 30 minutes add remaining chicken broth. At 50 minutes add one more cup of water and the shredded chicken if you are using it and let soup simmer the final 10 minutes. Taste soup and add more salt if it needs it. Garnish with cilantro. YUM!
So using my upcoming trip to Cuba as motivation. Going to loose 10 pounds to before the trip. That is my goal and I will stick to it.
Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins…RECIPE
2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBSP ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas
the perfect healthy snack