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5 for Friday: 5 More Soups


It’s been a couple months, but I did try 5 more soups from The Soup Cleanse Cookbook. You can read about this cookbook here. It’s more about what you are putting into your body on a daily basis than any real type of crazy cleanse.

Here is what I learned and an account of what soups I’d make again (or not):

Recipes I’ve tried from each category:

  • Purees
    • Butternut Turmeric – This one called for roasting a whole butternut squash. To save time, I bought this big bag of frozen cubed butternut squash from Costco.
    • Turns out I didn’t quite need this much. 🙂  Just one package inside was enough:
    • This is nice warming soup to sip on a cold winter or early spring morning.
  • Beans & Lentils
    • Chickpea Stew Last post, when I didn’t remember the Lentil & Kale Stew, it was because I didn’t eat it yet! (I did this time around and it was good, though not great.) Instead, I had the Chickpea Stew Last time. I do remember that I didn’t like that we pureed some of the chickpeas and it gave it a gritty texture.
    • Here is a photo of the Lentil & Kale Stew, which could have been a bit more flavorful:
  • Sweeter Spoonfuls
    • Creamy Cocoa with Sweet Potatoes – Here is a recipe that illustrates how forgiving these recipes are. I had 4 recipes this week that called for either cubed butternut squash or sweet potato. When I was half-way through one of my soups, I realized I put in the wrong one! Oh well. So I don’t know what actually went into this one, I’m thinking butternut squash. But I loved it. This was always always a treat in the morning or after work. And the the black rice at the bottom was such a nice addition.
  • Stews
    • Winter Root Vegetable Stew – The author raves about this recipe and I have loved all the stews so far, but something about this one didn’t jive with me. It was a little… sweet? I could argue it was the sweet potato, because I really don’t like them very much because of their sweetness; but who knows if it was the butternut squash that went into this stew instead? The celeriac was much more difficult to find than I thought. I really thought I’ve bought this in the past without any trouble. It took me 4 tries and my final destination was Byerly’s.
    • BRIGHT SIDE – I didn’t use all of the collard greens that went into this dish. So instead, I used them as a bed in place of rice in this Saucy Moroccan Chicken dish. Greens FTW!
  • Restorative Broths
    • Pumpkin and Mushrooms with Star Anise Broth – If you remember, Centeno’s broths are not strained, so you get all of the nutritional goodness of the veggies used to simmer the broth. They also are filling and warming in the evening when you think you may need a snack. This soup recommended pumpkin, kabocha or butternut squash (probably because they are all hearty) and I believe this is the one (along with the Creamy Cocoa soup above) that I accidentally swapped the butternut and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes seemed to disintegrate a little bit… and while I absolutely love fresh mushrooms, they tended to get a rubbery texture on reheating. I found myself sipping this as a true broth and not chewing on or eating the vegetables.

All in all, some success… But I may hang my hat up on souping until the chill of the fall now that spring and summer is finally here!



Goodies + Wine?


Subscription Box Saturday: Goodies Edition

Rob and I have declared an UNPLUG DAY today, so this post was obviously pre-written. 😉 Don’t expect to hear from me for another 24 hours…

In my $7 April 2013 Goodies Box, I received…


April 2013 Goodies Box

Look closely, do you see a $50 gift card for WINE? This was very strange to me because there was no mention that they’d be sending this! This month, there was no insert describing the products, only instructions to go online to read about the items in the box. What’s more is that this is the same gift card that came in my Girls Night In Cravebox this month, too! I’ll be reviewing all of that wine separately when it arrives. 😉

As a Goodies Box member, I can earn rewards when I:

  • Rate items in my box. (Bot all boxes are the same!)
  • Write reviews of the items.
  • Upload photos with my reviews.

I personally like to take photos of the back of the product where you can find the nutrition facts and ingredients. Those are sometimes hard to find online and it’s what intrigues me most about new products.

When reviewing items, they used to ask the following question:

In a perfect world*, would you eat this?

* like if calories didn’t matter
Always? Sometimes? Never again?

However, I noticed that this month, that has changed to:

Would you buy this product?*

Yes ~ Maybe ~ No

* like if calories didn’t matter

Here are my thoughts on the items from the April 2013 Box:

Celsius Sparkling Orange Drink

(This drink claims to “energize, boost metabolism and help burn calories.”)


This drink tastes like an energy drink, maybe slightly better, but I don’t drink them. But you might like it if you do! A good alternative to diet soda, perhaps.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? No


Green Giant  Sweet Potato Multigrain Chips

Goodies-Sweet Potato Chips

I’m not a huge sweet potato fan, but I liked the thin chip and light flavor of these!

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe


Olomomo Nuts – Chai Bliss Almonds


Ingredients & Nutrition Facts were not listed on this packaging.

I love flavored almonds and I had not yet had Chai ones. I’m starting to get into sweeter over savory nuts!

Rating? 4/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe


True Bar – Fruit & Nut Bar


Sort of reminds me of a Larabar


Like many other fruit and nut bars, but a little sweeter. Notice how brown rice syrup is the first ingredient? I’m not sure what that is, anyway.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? Maybe


Angie’s Popcorn – Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn

I’ve had Angies Kettlecorn before and it’s the closest thing that you will get to real fair-style kettlecorn, only pre-packaged. I know people who are hooked! Check out the ingredients – pretty minimal.

Rating? 4/5 ~ Buy Again? Yes


Zone Perfect – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar


I’ve had a few Zone Bars before and while they don’t taste much different from other protein bars, this one really tasted like cookie dough! My only concern is the ingredients. You might not be able to read all of them, but look at all of them! I’ll eat these when they come in my subscription boxes, but I don’t think I’ll ever buy them. There are just better choices out there.

Rating? 3/5 ~ Buy Again? No


Do you schedule a day to unplug?

How does it work for you?

What are the “rules”?

What do you choose to do on those days?

Happy Saturday!