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Weekend Things plus Kale and White Bean Soup

Posted Mar 18 2013 7:00am

It’s that time again…Monday!

dear monday

I have a pretty busy week ahead of me so I’m trying to stay positive and keep happy thoughts going. Do you ever find yourself wishing for Tuesday before Monday starts?

We spent a lot of the weekend celebrating our friends getting married, and it was an amazing wedding!

me and travis

I got to wear my new dress , ate a lot of really great food, and danced more than I have in a very long time. Travis was a groomsman and I helped pass out programs as well as did the hair and makeup for the groom’s mother. We were so honored to be a part of such a special day and slept so good after shaking our “groove thangs” all night.

Since I ate so much great food Friday and Saturday I felt like I needed Sunday to be a mini-detox day full of fruits and veggies. I was probably the only person who didn’t feel the need to partake in the St. Patty’s Day traditions of Irish car bombs and pub food, but I was ok with that.

Instead Travis and I grabbed fruit smoothies at the store while stocking up for the week.

fruit smoothie

I got one with apples, bananas, berries, and bok choy. I couldn’t taste anything but the berries so I pretended it was a milkshake but let’s be honest nobody’s imagination is that good:) We plan on buying a Vitamix to make smoothies every morning because this medium size was $6. That’s a little nuts and after making soups, smoothies, etc it will pay for itself.

My main goal for shopping was to get a really good soup. I have been craving a broth based soup full of veggies so I headed to the pre-made soup fridge. I spotted a kale and white bean pre-made soup and realized I could spend less to get the ingredients and make the soup myself.

Kale and White Bean soup

It took no time at all to make this soup once I got home. Less than 10 ingredients and maybe 30 minutes of total cook time including prep and it’s ready.

Kale and White Bean Soup

I’ll keep this one on hand for Spring as a light soup that can easily be paired with a half(or full) sandwich for an easy week night meal. I may even get crazy and add chicken sausage next time!

Do you get soup ideas from the pre-made section?

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Kale and White Bean Soup(adapted from Whole Foods) 4-6 servings

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 (32 ounce) box low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 two large carrots, peeled and sliced

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Add broth, kale, tomatoes, and fresh carrots and cover. Cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender. Add beans and heat thoroughly. Serve hot.


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