Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NuNaturals Winner and Tomato Soup Tuesday

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway Winners
I used a random number generator to choose the winners. I did remove those who were not eligible due to location or had asked not to be entered. I have already emailed the winners but wanted to congratulate them again. Thank you all so much for your comments.



#5 Sarena @ The Non-dairy Queen


#17 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe


#12 Meghan @ Cooking in College


#10 Nichole @ Live for the Run

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Thanks to Ron at NuNaturals for allowing me to do this giveaway.

Two on Tuesday
Today was a cold, wet, dreary day. We were hoping to do the Tuesday group run again, but not in this weather. I did do weights at lunch. I was going to just do shoulders and abs, but ended up doing shoulders and back as a super set because I changed my mind on abs thinking I could do the one on the DVD with the step I was planning for after work. Anyway.....

SS#1 - 3x6
Arnold press
Underhand rows

SS#2 - 3x8
Upright rows
Single-arm row

SS#3 - 3x10
Lateral raise
Double-arm row

SS#4 - 3x12
Front raise
Pullovers on stability ball

After work I did 3 combos from Cathe's Low Impact Circuit - Cardio Only Premix then the abs from that same workout. I also stretched for a bit as my legs were feeling a bit tight.


Tomato Tuesday
Well, it should be Taco Tuesday, but we're low on food because we thought we were going to be out last weekend and haven't made it to the store yet. It's a super yuck kind of day here - the kind that screams for soup. So I thought a Creamy Tofu Tomato Soup with Grilled "Cheese" Sandwiches would be good. Oh, problem? Bread. I did have some small whole-grain wraps though so the sandwiches are more like quesadillas...quesandwiches anyone?

The last time I tried a creamy tomato soup, I used cannellini beans. Jason didn't like it at all. I loved though. But, I suppose I should try to make something we both will eat. This time I decided to use silken tofu to make it creamy. Cashew cream would also work.

Creamy Tofu Tomato Soup
Ingredients:
1/4 red onion, diced
1 package extra firm silken tofu
1 28oz can no-salt diced tomatoes
1/4 cup vegetable broth
Fresh basil (to taste)
To taste: salt, pepper, parsley, garlic powder

Directions:
In soup pot, saute onion until soft. Add in tomatoes and spices. Allow to heat through.

Transfer to blender and puree with tofu and basil until smooth (may have to do in batches).

Transfer back to soup pot and allow to simmer so the flavors can meld and soup begins to thicken, may need to add in small amount of broth if too thick.

Basil Spinach Grilled Quesandwiches
Ingredients:

Fresh basil
Fresh spinach
Vegan cheese of your choice
Whole-wheat tortillas

Directions:
Pre-heat a large non-stick skillet or grill pan. Place tortilla flat and add "cheese" then add toppings to one half of the tortilla and fold over.
 
 

I must say that this soup turned out so well. It had a great texture and the flavors were mild, but full. I did top with roasted chickpeas just for some crunch. Tempeh bacon crumbled on top would have been really good as well.