2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice, drained
1 (28-ounce) can S&W Crushed Tomatoes, Italian Recipe
2 cups good quality chicken stock
5 oz. frozen spinach
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat a medium soup pot over moderate heat. Add oil, shallots and garlic. Sautee 5 minutes. Add drained tomatoes and crushed tomatoes, stire. Add stock and stir to combine soup. Stir in spinach. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 – 15 minutes to reduce.
Based on recipes by Nancy Walker, Veg4Health.com and Marie at AllRecipes.com.
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tspn cumin
½ tspn chili powder
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 C dried lentils (about 1 lb)
½ C brown rice
2 tablespoons vinegar
5 ½ C vegetable broth
1 C frozen chopped spinach
½ C raisins
Rinse and drain lentils and rice
Sauté onion, celery, and carrots in a small amount of water until tender
Stir in garlic and spices
Add all remaining ingredients, except raisins, to your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-4. (You can also cook this on your stove top – just bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes.)
Add raisins and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
Most mornings I make a smoothie for us. It’s clearly helping to lose weight and it’s delicious as well. I like my smoothies to resemble slushies – icy and thick. Adjust the ice to fit your own preference.
Wellesse liquid Glucosamine
1/3 package frozen chopped spinach
Place the bananas, orange juice, glucasomine, and blueberries in the blender. Blend throughly, then – with the blender still running – slowly add the ground flaxseed. Add the spinach and blend completely. Add ice until the desired texture is obtained. I add ice until the blender can’t handle it anymore.
To be honest, it doesn’t look that pretty after the spinach has been added, but the spinach taste doesn’t intrude at all. You can leave out the spinach, but the smoothie will definitely be less healthy.
You younger folks won’t need the glucosamine, but I definitely do. My joints need the lubrication.
* I grind the flaxseed in my (carefully cleaned) coffee grinder just before it goes into the blender. Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health. Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The flaxseed must be ground, not used whole. Although flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, it doesn’t have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have. See the full article at the Mayo Clinic