Friday, October 30, 2009

Loafing Around

Well would you look at that-it stopped raining! Finally!

Last night, the hubby and I went to the wedding rehearsal and dinner for my friend Rachel, who is getting married on Saturday. I remember when she first got engaged two years ago...I can't believe how fast the time went by!

Since dinner was at a restaurant last night, I thought I'd make a post about the turkey meatloaf I made earlier in the week.

To make meatloaf healthier, I use extra lean ground turkey and oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. The oatmeal works as a binding agent for the meat, but it doesn't add as much flavor as breadcrumbs. To compensate, I add tons and tons of spices.


Everything all set to go.

When I am making something, I have to get all the ingredients out ahead of time and set them up. Otherwise, I'd be running all around the kitchen and most likely forget something!

Before mixing.
After mixing everything together, I bake it in a 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes.

All done.
Question of the Day:
What are your plans for Halloween?
One last thing, being that I'm from Philly and all...
Go Phillies!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Easier the Better

I think that saying applies in most, but certainly not all, situations. When I'm short on time, and I want to have a decent meal, I try to find something that is quick, healthy and delicious.

My mom swears by Perdue oven roasters, so I thought I'd give it a try.



The best part about this is that there is no neck or bag to remove from the insides. All the work is already done for you!

All you have to do is take the chicken out of the bag. You will then see another bag with the chicken and seasonings in it. Cut a slit in the top, put it in the oven and cook until it reaches the desired temperature. I've realized since making this that you really should have a meat thermometer. I don't have one and called my mom in a panic. She told me to cook it for the maximum amount of time listed on the bag. Well duh-why didn't I think of that? Thank goodness my mom is there to make sense when my brain decides to go into panic mode!

I ended up cooking the chicken for about two hours. Getting it out of the bag was a bit of a challenge. I should've let it cool first, but I was anxious!






I asked the husband to cut the skin off of my piece of chicken. I'm sure it tasted amazing, but I didn't want to eat it.

I couldn't believe how fast, easy and delicious the chicken was. It is so moist and tender. You should check it out!



Today is my grandmom's 82nd birthday. Happy birthday, grandmom! I love you!








This picture makes me look really tall, but believe me, I come from a short, Italian family!

Question of the Day:
When is your birthday? How do you celebrate?

Mine is December 13th. I celebrate by going to dinner with the husband and having a family party. Family parties are the best-it's great to have everyone in one place!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Squash and Mish Mosh

Here we are at another Wednesday and it's still raining. I'm hoping that it clears up by the wedding on Saturday!

I've been seeing squash around many blogs lately, and I decided it was time to give it a try. I was intimidated by the way it looks. It was on sale at Shop Rite this week, so I picked up a small one just in case I didn't like it.
See? He doesn't look so scary, right?
I cut the squash in half length wise and scooped out the seeds. I took a picture of the inside, but I must have had the camera on a weird setting because it looked a little purple. I posted the picture because it has some sort of Halloween spooky theme going on....or at least that's what I keep telling myself!

After the seeds were scooped out, I placed it face down on a dish and microwaved it for 13 minutes.
I stumbled across a recipe for stuffed squash that included ground beef and tomato sauce, but I didn't have any on hand. I ended up using black beans, onions, green peppers and salsa and sauteed it until the onions and peppers were soft.



After everything was ready to go, I stuffed them into the squash



And topped them with some mozzarella cheese


Put it in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 20-25 minutes


I had half of the squash for lunch yesterday and it was AWESOME! It kind of reminded me of spaghetti squash in the sense that it took on the flavor of the stuffing. I think this is something that I will be adding to my list more often. I told the husband that he needs to try it, and he was a bit hesitant. Maybe I'll work it into the meal plans one of these days.
Question of the Day:
Have you tried anything new recently? Tell me about it!
Until next time!
~Anne Marie














Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Own Blogspot

Is anyone else experiencing rain like there's no tomorrow? I think we've had a total of two or three nice days in the past week and the rest have been rainy. Here's to hoping that the weather will improve soon!

So, instead of posting another recipe, I thought I'd change it up a little bit. I decided to record a small video about where I blog. I have to admit that I do a lot of blogging while I sit in the office all day, but I wasn't about to bring my camera into work and start filming. I think my office mates would look at me like I was a little loony. Even thought it produces a little anxiety, I'm excited to share the video with you, and I'd by lying if I told you it wasn't fun to record.

I mention the oatmeal cookies, which I posted about here.

Without further introduction, here's the video.



Let me know what you think.....whether you like it or not, suggestions...I'm open to anything.

Question of the Day:
Where is your personal blogspot? And, for those who don't have a blog, where do you do most of your blog reading?

Enjoy your day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend Salads

On the weekends, I've gotten into the habit of making salads for lunches. Even though I typically have a salad every day with my dinner, there's something I like about eating a big bowl of lettuce-y goodness for my main meal.

Before heading out to work at Weight Watchers, I made myself a salad. This one included a leftover chickpea parmesan burger, shredded mozzarella, a slice of cheddar cheese and tomatoes. It was perfection in a bowl.




Obviously, there has to be some dressing for the salad. Since the burger was in the salad, I didn't want to go with a vinaigrette dressing. I had no thousand island dressing in the house, so I made my own by combining ketchup with mayonnaise. Apparently, you can add relish to the mixture to make it more like thousand island dressing, but I never had it that way as a kid, and I wasn't about to break the "tradition". Am I the only one who's ever done this?


Salsa on the left, homemade thousand island dressing on the right

This weekend is going to be so busy. I know it's only Monday, but I can't help thinking of the weekend ahead. Thursday I have a wedding rehearsal, Saturday is the wedding and Sunday the husband and I are celebrating my mother-in-law's 60th birthday in the morning and my grandmom's 82nd birthday in the evening. Good thing the husband and I took Monday off from work! After all is said and done, though, two of my really good friends will be married, and two very important birthdays will be celebrated.

Question of the Day:
What do you like to add to your salads?

I think add-ins make a salad so much better. Some of my favorites include almonds, croutons and raisins.

Enjoy your day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, October 23, 2009

When the Husband's Away....

...the baker comes out to play!  Now, I very loosely use the term "baker."  I wanted something to do while I was waiting for the husband to come home from work, so I found a healthy cookie recipe and started to bake away.  The recipe called for walnuts, but I didn't have any, so I put in a few chopped dates.  I was so excited when I found them at Aldi's for $1.49 a bag!
















Dry ingredients in the bowl
















 Before going into the oven









 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All finished!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A closer look
 
I'm not a huge fan of keeping cookies and cakes around the house because I go through them too fast. I loved that I was able to get a decent sized cookie out of this dough.  Too often, lower fat cookies tend to be smaller in size-definitely not the case with these guys! 
 
What I really liked about this cookie was that it wasn't overly sweet.  It wasn't an addicting cookie (like chocolate chip) but it hit the spot. 


One more thing.....

My buddy over at One Healthy Apple gave me the Honest Scrap Award! How cool is she?! 

Here are the rules:

1. Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design
2. Tell those 7 people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving the award.
3. Share "10 Honest Things" about myself.

As part of the award, I have to tell you 10 honest things about myself:
 

1.  I love taking pictures but rarely get them developed.
2. I go through tons of phases. Right now I'm in a crocheting phase. I am ridiculously addicted.
3. I can see so much better when I wear my glasses but I hate wearing them.
4. I am a huge hugger. I feel bad when I hug someone who hates to be hugged. It's awkward!
5. I am a multi-tasker and get annoyed when I have to sit still and focus on one thing.
6. I met my husband at a Valentine's Day dance. We were introduced when I gave him a piece of cake.
7.  People ask if I prefer Anne or Anne Marie. I say I don't care, but truthfully, I always prefer Anne Marie.
8.  Marie is not my middle name. Anne Marie is my full first name.
9.  I wish I were more like my mom. She's an amazing woman.
10. I love to sing, but if someone asks me to sing a song, I get awkward and won't do it.


I've seen this award throughout many blogs, so I want to tag all of you!  I love reading all of your blogs, and think you deserve to be celebrated!

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite kind of cookie?

I'm a chocolate chip cookie girl all the way.  I will admit that I'm also a huge fan of the peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's kiss in the middle.

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Another Bread Review

Happy Grey Day!  I call Thursday's Grey Day because that's when new Grey's Anatomy episodes are on TV.  I am ridiculously addicted to that show, but I have to admit that I'm not really into this season yet.  The first episode was awesome, but I feel like the last two weeks have been subpar.  Does anyone else like that show?

Remember a few weeks ago when I received the bread from Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program?  Well, the husband took the whole wheat bread out of the freezer and went through an entire loaf this week.  As for me, I didn't taste one slice, so we'll have to go on what the husband thinks about the bread.
















To be honest, he didn't notice a taste difference between this bread and the store brand whole wheat bread that's usually in the house.  He thought it tasted "okay" and was actually surprised that it was the Nature's Pride sample he tasted.  Apparently he didn't look at it when he made his lunches this week.  He had assumed that it was the store brand bread. 

He said that if he had to choose a favorite, it would definitely be the 12 Grain.  He loved the little grain and seed bits in the bread. 

After my questioning, the first words out of his mouth were "is this going on the blog?"  He knows me too well!

Question of the Day
Are you a "name brand" person when it comes to buying groceries?

I got into a discussion with a few coworkers who were talking about how they had to have Heinz ketchup or Hellman's mayonnaise and it got me thinking about the way I look at labels.  To me, store brand is just as good as the name brand, with very few exceptions.  If the name brand is on sale and ends up being a cheaper choice, than you can bet it's going in my cart! It's all about saving where you can, in my opinion!

Have a great day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mumbo Gumbo

Am I the only one who's never had gumbo?  Every time I hear that word, I think of the movie Forrest Gump.  Can you believe that movie is 15 years old?  That seems so ridiculous to me! 

On a typical week, you will notice that I usually have some sort of beef dish and some kind of dish with chicken breast.  I wanted to switch it up a little bit this week and use the chicken in a different way.  After doing some searching, I came across this recipe.  It sounded simple enough, and the ingredient list wasn't overwhelming, so I decided that it was going on the meal plan for this week. 

I accidentally  picked up a can of whole tomatoes instead of stewed tomatoes, but it still worked out just fine. 
















In my opinion, there was too much broth in the pot, so I drained a lot of it.  This made the meal less soupy and more chili/gumbo-like.  The husband really seemed to enjoy it, but I thought it was a little bland, even after adding some spices.  I'll have to think of another way to make this tastier.

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite movie?
There are a ton of movies that I love, but among my favorites are Girl, Interrupted, 50 First Dates and Of Mice and Men.

It's nice to finally see the sun shining!  I hope you can take advantage of the beautiful day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Different Batch of Chili

When I was going over my meal plan for the week, the husband asked if we could have chili again.  He really liked the way I made it a few weeks ago and was in the mood for it.  Even though I had other food ideas swirling around in my head, I decided to make the chili.  The husband rarely requests certain meals and lets me experiment with food until my heart's content, so it wasn't a big deal.
I kept the majority of the recipe the same.  The only thing I did differently was to add two green peppers and an onion.  This will definitely help stretch the meal out for the next few days.  The addition of the vegetables made the chili more filling and also added a distinct taste.  I'd love to experiment with other types of veggies-any suggestions?
















The husband was so excited when he came home and saw this cooking.

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite vegetable?

I'm cheating by saying that I can't pick just one!  Among my favorites are asparagus, broccoli and spaghetti squash.

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mix it Once, Mix it Twice, Mix that Chicken Soup with Rice

Am I the only one who remembers that book?  Apparently, there's a whole song that goes along with the it....who knew?  This book has been in my mind since I made chicken soup this weekend.

It has been unseasonably cold here in Philadelphia, and lately, I haven't had the time to make a big batch of soup like a few weeks ago.  I knew that I wanted to have some soup on hand for this week's lunch, so I tried my best to throw together something quick, easy and delicious.  I came up with this soup and from start to finish, it took about 20 minutes.  Not too bad, if you ask me!

"Throw it Together Chicken Soup"

46.5 oz Reduced sodium fat free chicken broth
1 box of shortcut chicken (this is precut, precooked chicken)
Whole wheat spaghetti, broken in half (I used less than a handful)
1 16oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables (my mix included cauliflower, broccoli and carrots)

Heat all ingredients except the spaghetti to a boil.  Once the soup is boiling, add the pasta and cook until done.  I couldn't believe how fast and easy this was to throw together.  Plus, it's a great cheap meal!




















The box of precooked chicken that I used.

The result

















Why is it that the pictures look better on the screen than they do when they are uploaded?  Any tips on picture taking?

Question of the Day:
What was your favorite childhood book?

I loved (and still do) The Giving Tree.  What a phenomenal story!

Hope you enjoy your day!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, October 16, 2009

Questions Answered

Last week, I expressed interest in answering reader questions.  I got a few and wanted to take the time to answer them.  Thank you all for submitting your questions-I really appreciate it!  If anyone is interested in asking a question relating to food, health, exercise, general questions about myself, please feel free to e-mail me at abinns3142@aol.com.

These questions are from Mari over at Namaste:

How Long have you been married?

The hubby and I got married on 9/5/08, so that would be a little over one year and a month!



Do you still follow Points?

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. I've tried to balance my lifestyle with eating foods that are good and nutritious without writing down everything. If I feel that I'm losing ground and eating more than I should, I go back to counting points. Occasionally, I'll track my day and make sure that I'm not too far off from where my target points should be, and I'm typically okay.

I know you work at WW's but what is your full time job?

I work at a law school as an administrative assistant to ten professors.  I'm very lucky that I'm at a job that I truly enjoy.  It can get pretty hectic sometimes, but mostly, it's a fun place to work.


Was it hard to become a WW's leader?
 
I don't work as a Weight Watcher's leader, but I do work as a receptionist and a weigher.  The leader training is more intensive than the receptionist/weigher position.  All I had to do was reach my goal weight to work for Weight Watchers.  Since I already attended weekly meetings anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to continue attending and help other members along their journey.
 
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! 
 
Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When All Else Fails.....

....make a quick and easy meal.  That's exactly what I had in mind when I picked up a turkey ham from the supermarket over the weekend.  Unfortunately, I can't find the picture I took.  Something must have gotten lost in the transfer process, but I can tell you that it wasn't that pretty of a picture any way.

Since the turkey ham is already cooked, all I had to do was slice it and put it in the skillet for a few minutes.  Although I like the meal because it is quick, I'd rather have something that I put more effort into, like chicken, ziti or meatloaf.

About a month ago, I tried Chobani yogurt for the first time.  You can read about it here.  I didn't want to give up hope on Greek yogurt, so I decided to buy two more kinds and test them out. 

















Brown Cow


















Oikos

I found out that the key for me is to eat a flavored Greek yogurt and skip the plain.  They are so delicious!!  These two particular flavors had strawberry fruit on the bottom and definitely did not disappoint.  I love the thick consistency - it makes me feel more full than regular yogurt.  My only gripe is the price-we're talking about $1.39 per container!  Because of this, I only stock up when it's on sale.

Question of the Day:
When you are short on time, what's your go-to meal?

A sandwich is the quickest thing for me to make, but if it's dinner, I'll usually cook some of the turkey ham.  A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mrs. Dash Comes to Dinner

Well hello, cold weather!  When I was walking to work this morning, I kept asking myself why I haven't taken out my winter clothes yet.  For some reason, I am protesting the winter months.  I'm not ready for the cold weather, especially when I feel like we should still be on Fall time!

With the busy weekend that I had, I needed to do something quick and easy with my meal planning this week.  Gina suggested inviting Mrs. Dash over for dinner, so that's what I did!  There weren't many options at the store, so, based on some crossed fingers and some advice, I came home with this.




















Tomato Basil and Garlic

I asked the husband to season the chicken and he complied.
















Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes.
















And there you have it!

All in all, I thought Mrs. Dash did a nice job with her seasoning.  I'd like to try other types of spices, and see how they compare.

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite spice?

I love garlic powder.  I use it on almost everything!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Homemade Veggie Burgers

I've been toying around with making a homemade veggie burger for quite some time.  I was hesitant about trying to come up with something on my own, so when I saw Meghann's post about a chickpea parmesan burger, I knew that it was something I'd definitely have to try.

•3/4 cup Chickpeas
•1/4 cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
•1/4 cup Marinara Sauce
•1 T minced Garlic
•1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
•3 Basil Leaves, chopped
•1/4 cup Sliced Mushrooms

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and let it whirl. When everything is blended divide the mix in half and create two patties.


I didn't have any fresh basil, so I used the stuff from a jar.  I also don't own a food processor, so I mashed the chickpeas with a fork.  It worked just as well, plus there was less mess to clean up!
















Cooking in the skillet


















Finished and ready to eat!

I couldn't believe how much they reminded me of a pizza burger.  The addition of the cheese and marinara sauce really added something special to it.  This is something I will be making over and over again.  Thanks for the recipe, Meghann!

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite kind of burger? 
While I love a good hamburger once in a while, my favorite is Morningstar Farms' Tomato and Basil Pizza Burger.  It is amazing!

I hope you all enjoy your day today!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Monday, October 12, 2009

Celebrations/The Joke's on Me

This weekend I went to my cousin's 14th birthday party.  It seems like yesterday she was turning two and I was holding her in my arms, and now, I see how much she's blossoming  into a beautiful young woman.  I'm very partial to my cousin Allison.  After all, she's the only girl cousin I have on my mom's side!  Us girls have to stick together, especially around all male cousins!

When I posted about my grandmom's soup recipe, my aunt and uncle found out about my food blog.  At Allison's party, I had no qualms taking lots of fun food pictures.

















Baked ziti, anyone?


















Yummy ice cream cake!


















Pumpkin spice cakes.  They were so good!























































Isn't she so cute?

















Me and the birthday girl





















My adorable nephew





















The husband and I

And now for the part about the joke.......

I'm  not sure if any of you have noticed, but I changed the comment setting on my blog so that I have to approve comments before they appear.  This was due to a very rude comment made about my grandmom last week.  Some anonymous user made a comment that made me pretty upset, and so I decided to change the settings.  Turns out that it was my uncle playing a practical joke on me!  Everyone was in on the joke, including grandmom.  On one end of the spectrum, I'm really glad it was a joke, but on the other hand, this means war Uncle Pete!!!

Question of the Day:
Has anyone ever played a practical joke on you?  How do you react?

When I was young, my aunt would call every April Fool's Day with some story about how she fell and hurt herself.  Sometimes I would fall for it, others, not so much.  I usually react by laughing.  No use in getting upset with something that was just a joke anyway!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chinese Food My Way

If there was one type of cuisine that I could eat almost every day, it would be chinese.  I LOVE chinese food almost as much as my grandmom's homemade spaghetti.  Whether it's General Tsao's Chicken, Chicken and Broccoli, Sesame Chicken or Lo Mein, I can't get enough of the stuff! 

I don't know about you, but it's harder for me to eat healthier on the weekends than it is during the week.  For me, it's because of the structure of the weekdays.  I pack my lunch and know what I'm having for dinner every night.  On the weekends, it's much more sporadic.  Sometimes the husband and I cook, other times we don't, and that's where the problem arises.  I've talked to Gina, (my Weight Watchers guru) about my issues, and she suggested buying a chinese sauce and making my own version of chinese food.

I used this sauce that I  found at Shop Rite, poured it over the chicken and baked it for about a half hour.  While the chicken was baking, I cooked up some couscous and broccoli. 




















When everything was ready, I asked the husband to portion out a little bit of couscous and broccoli.  I thought it was funny that he thought that this mound of couscous was a "little bit."

















Although it didn't taste exactly like General Tsao's Chicken from the chinese restaurant, it was really good, with just the right amount of spiciness.  I'm looking forward to trying some more sauces from the store-thanks for the idea, Gina!!

Any fun weekend plans anyone?  My cousin is turning 14, so on Saturday we're going to her house to celebrate.  I pretty excited!

I hope that you all enjoy your weekend, whatever you do!

Question of the Day:
What's your favorite ethnic cuisine?
I have to say Italian first and then Chinese!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Thursday, October 8, 2009

You Are Beautiful

The title of this post will make more sense later in the post.

One of the husband's favorite meals is chicken pot pie. I remember when I would visit his apartment and find his freezer stocked with pot pies on one side and Healthy Choice meals (for me) on the other. I think there's something about the creaminess and the crust that makes this meal comforting. Plus, it can't get any easier to prepare-all he had to do was pop it in the microwave for a few minutes!

When I started Weight Watchers three years ago, I cooked a lot of meals for us. We only saw each other on the weekends, and instead of going out to eat, I thought it would be better to learn how to cook. One of the first things I made for him was a Weight Watchers version of chicken pot pie. You can find the recipe here.

I decided to put this recipe on the menu for this week. I doubled it so that it would last us for three days this week. The husband was so excited when he saw it coming out of the oven. This meal is very easy to make, and it resembles a traditional chicken pot pie. I'm hoping to make it more frequently for the two of us!


Before putting the biscuits on top


Before being baked


All done!

On another note.....

Mikey sent me a peanut butter cookie Larabar to sample. I can't wait to taste it! Thanks again, Mikey-you rock!



I am a huge fan of Roni's website. Yesterday, she posted a very touching video that I know you will all appreciate:


One more thing.....

A certain someone asked me how I have time to write a blog/make meals. For me, it's a hobby-I'm just doing what I love, despite being a very busy girl. Getting this question made me think that at some point, I'd love to do a "reader's questions" post. I enjoy getting questions and trying to answer them. So....if you have a question, you can either comment or send me an e-mail at abinns3142@aol.com. When I have enough questions, I'll do a post about it!


Question of the Day
What makes you beautiful?

I would like to preface this by saying that everyone is beautiful, but it's up to you to see it and recognize it. What makes me beautiful? I think it's my personality and my smile.

Have a fantastic Thursday!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Busy Bee

I don't know about you, but today has been a crazy busy day at my workplace.  I went from looking for things to keep me busy to paperwork overload.  It's amazing how it can be so quiet around here and then in one blink of an eye, five different people come to you at once wanting their work done.  I'm not complaining (or at least not trying to come off that way), but sometimes it can be quite overwhelming!  On the plus side, it certainly makes the day go by faster.

The husband was raving about last night's chicken dinner, and honestly, it was even easier than the chicken cutlet.  All I did was mix some chili powder and some parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup) together.  I dipped the chicken in it and baked until no longer pink inside.  No eggs, no fuss, no mess!

It had a great combination of cheese and spice.  It was so simple and quick to make-you should give it a try!
















Before going into the oven


All done!

I served this with a side of asparagus and a salad.  It'll definitely be on the weekly menu more often!

Question of the Day:
How do you keep yourself from stressing out?

This is a hard question for me because I'm a well-known stressor.  I could stress about stressing out, if given the opportunity.  When I realize that I'm acting this way, I either walk away from the situation for a little while, turn on the Ipod or take some deep breaths.  That seems to work for me!

Until next time!
~Anne Marie

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Recipe from Grandmom

As a kid (and even now as an adult), holidays are spent at grandmom's house. It is always so much fun going to grandmom's and knowing you are going to get an amazing meal. From homemade green spaghetti and meatballs to ham to celery wrapped in Prosciutto, everyone knows that the hot spot is at her house.


Before every holiday meal, my grandmom serves Italian Wedding Soup. I remember all of the grandchildren fighting over who got the most meatballs, and even now, as grownups, we still like to see who gets the most meatballs in their bowl. The last time we had the wedding soup, my grandmom proudly announced that she made over 100 mini meatballs for the soup. I think everyone was smiling that day!

About a month ago, I e-mailed my grandmom and asked her for her recipe for the soup. Since the weather is getting cooler, I thought it would the perfect meal. I was beyond excited when I got her e-mail a few hours later with the recipe:

2 cans of College Inn Chicken Broth (my grandmom makes her own broth, but this will substitute just fine. I used one of the really big cans (32 oz or so, and two little cans)
1 package of frozen spinach thawed and drained of any excess water (I completely forgot to buy frozen spinach, but ended up using a bag and a half of fresh spinach)
2 eggs (I used one whole egg and one egg white)
1/2 pound ground beef (I used extra lean ground turkey)
Parmesan Cheese

Take the 1/2 pound of ground beef and make very tiny meatballs like this
















Bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.
Since I forgot to buy frozen spinach, I wilted it down in a pan while the meatballs were baking.

from this
















to this
















Once the meatballs are cooked, add everything in the pot except for the eggs and the parmesan cheese. Heat to a boil. While the soup is heating, beat the eggs very well and add a little bit of parmesan cheese to the mixture.

Once the soup is boiling, add the eggs. The soup will be finished once the eggs are cooked (this takes very little time-a few seconds, to be exact!)

Enjoy!
















I wanted to give a huge thank you to my grandmom for sharing this recipe with me so that I could make it and share it with you. I love, love, love this soup, and know that every time I eat it, I'll be thinking of my grandmom and how great she is. I'm going to e-mail her a link to this post so that she can see how I did for my first time.

Just for fun, here's a picture of me and my grandmom a year ago at Longwood Gardens. My mom, aunt, grandmom and cousin spent the day there while my then fiancée had his bachelor party. We had such a great time.
















Question of the Day:
What's your favorite soup?

Aside from my grandmom's soup, my favorite would be tomato soup. It goes so well with a grilled cheese!


Until next time!
~Anne Marie