Cold, Busy, Day.

April 4, 2011 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Well I started the process of painting the guest bedroom/office. Halfway done, and tomorrow I will finish. Then on to the next room. Pictures to come when I am done hopefully soon.

I did not make it to boot-camp class this evening related to my busy day, maybe I will be able to get in a quick running session tomorrow morning. Roy has a busy evening full of studying for the PE-exam which is in 4 days, no snoozing today!

Dinner tonight was quick and easy since I did not have a ton of time to cook this evening. This is a great meal if you are short on time!

Tortellini Soup


(Servings 4)

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, Minced
  • ½ whole Small Onion, Minced (about 1/4 Cup)
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 quart Low-sodium Chicken Broth (or Vegetable Broth)
  • 15 ounces, weight Canned Whole Tomatoes
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 9 ounces, weight Package Tortellini, Any Variety, Fresh Or Frozen
  • 3 cups Fresh Spinach, Chopped And Loosely Packed
  • Parmesan Cheese, To Serve


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion. Cook until the onion is softened and the garlic has turned light gold, about 5 minutes.

Add the oregano, broth, tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. (You can break up the tomatoes with your fingers as you add them to the pot, or break them up with a spoon once you’ve added them to the soup.)

Bring the soup to a boil and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package directions.

One minute before the tortellini are done, add the spinach. Stir to combine.

When the tortellini are cooked, remove the pot from the heat immediately so they do not overcook. Season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Serve the soup immediately, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

(Original Recipe from Tasty Kitchen)

Daily bites: Spinach

In addition to being tasty, spinach’s popularity stems from its high nutritional value. Not only is spinach low in calories, it is also a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C (source CDC). Spinach is also high in Iron and folic acid.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 97 kJ (23 kcal) Carbohydrates 3.6 g Sugars 0.4 g Dietary fiber 2.2 g Fat 0.4 g Protein 2.2 g Vitamin A equiv. 469 ?g (52%) Vitamin A 9400 IU – beta-carotene 5626 ?g (52%) – lutein and zeaxanthin 12198 ?g Folate (Vit. B9) 194 ?g (49%) Vitamin C 28 mg (47%) Vitamin E 2 mg (13%) Vitamin K 483 ?g (460%) Calcium 99 mg (10%) Iron 2.7 mg (22%) Percentages are relative to US recommendationsfor adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database 



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Spring time! Long day, yummy dinner.

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