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World Vegetarian Day, Healthy Baked Apples + Veggie Soup

Posted Oct 01 2012 4:09pm
Good Morning and Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and are off to a great start this week.  It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in Portland and I am soaking up all this good weather while I can.  I took a brisk morning run and got my head screwed on right and am now ready to tackle the day.  I run for my mental health as much as for my physical health, and I always come home feeling alive, grateful and excited about life!  I love running : )

Today is the Kick-off of World Vegetarian Day  and I would highly recommend going to their website and making a pledge to go vegetarian for a day, a week or even a month.  You could win up to $1,000 for going meat-free!

So to kick-off a Meatless Monday, I have a fabulous veggie soup recipe to share with you (I swear it helps you lose weight) and a Healthy Baked Apple recipe that can be eaten for dessert or breakfast!!


 The best part about both of the recipes are that they are super SIMPLE to make and both taste absolutely devine!

Healthy Baked Apples
2 apples, sliced in half and core removed (I used Honeycrisp) 4 tbsp rolled oats4 tbsp maple syrup (Grade B)CinnamonApple Pie SpicePecans (optional- I love them, my kids like them plain: )
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place apple on cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.  Top each apple with 1 tbsp rolled oats, 1 tbsp maple syrup, a dash or cinnamon and apple pie spice.  Sprinkle with a few pecans if using them.
Pop them into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then dive in.  The apples are great just on their own and taste just like my favorite apple crisp but with out the butter, sugar, or flour!  
For breakfast, I serve them with a little vanilla yogurt on the side which is absolutely DELISH!

Slice apples in half and core them.  Create a little moat for the goodies.

Fill with rolled oats.
Sprinkle with Cinnamon and Apple Pie Spice Blend.
 Pop in the oven and let the smell of baked apples permeate your house.  It is the best smell ever!!


Farmer's Market Vegetable Soup
This soup is basically a mix of veggies that we picked up at the Farmer's Market this weekend and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand or that sound good to you.
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 cup parnips, peeled and cubed1 turnip, peeled and cubed2 cups green beans1/2 a head of cabbage, chopped into bite size pieces1 can crushed tomatoes, no salt added1/2 a box of spelt rotini pastaSea Salt and Black PepperSpike Seasoning, No Salt Added

This soup is super filling and delicious! 
I honestly believe that eating soup helps you lose weight and is a great way to pump up your veggie intake.  My plan is to make a different pot of soup each week.  Anyone care to join me?
Top 3 Benefits of Eating Soup
Nutrition: Adding vegetables to a soup can get you your minimum serving amount per day. You can chop hearty veggies and add them to your soup, and use pureed veggies like sweet potatoes or squash to add flavor and texture to your broth.

Weight: Consuming broth based soup before a meal can give you a feeling of satiety and reduce the amount of food you eat during your main meal.

Easy: Soup is quick and easy to prepare, and being able to add what you want to soup makes it perfect for even picky eaters! You can add all your ingredients to a slow cooker and have it ready to eat.

Yay for Soup!

That is it for now.  I am off to work but I hope you all have a great Monday!

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