Flamin’ Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup

How is everyone’s Easter Monday coming along? Well, it’s game day here in Calgary as most of you know, our Calgary Flames hockey team are bringing the third playoff game home to the Saddledome! In support of our boys and an urgent needed win, I have surely created a good luck, red flamin’, Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup!

Who doesn’t love a creamy, bright, flavorful tomato soup, especially one that sports our hockey teams colors, hah!? Some tomato soups can be bland and watery, it’s those that give tomato soup a bad reputation I’d say, let’s turn that around with my tomato soup! My Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup is so fitting for Spring, packed with fresh and flavorful vegetables, heightened by roasting them and adding fresh savory spices. I have enjoyed it for lunch for three days now and it makes an effortless lazy dinner option, served with perhaps your favorite grilled cheese sandwich? I mean tomato soups are meant for dunking while watching the Flames win!

This recipe is pretty foolproof, chop chop, throw on a pan, roast, simmer and blend, if only it was actually created in seconds… but truly, let your oven do the work here then you just need to bring it all together in harmony. Don’t forget that roasted garlic, yummmm. Roasted garlic is seriously outstanding and brings a caramelized garlic flavor to the soup, check out the recipe on how to make a head of roasted garlic! I baked some fresh chia and buckwheat bread, smothered with fresh avocado, then drenched in my Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup, OMG, that’s all I have to say! I made my husband a cheddar and green apple grilled cheese sandwich with his tomato soup, if that’s more your food language!

Let’s cheer on our Calgary Flames with my Flamin’ Roasted Tomato Vegetable Soup tonight! Let’s roast those ducks, Go Flames Go!


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Scrumptious Superbowl Eats

Hello to all of you on this gorgeous winter wonderland kind of day. I’m here to assist you in planning your Super Bowl menu with healthy and scrumptious eats! This weekend, as many of you know, is Super Bowl Sunday! The Super Bowl is a time to entertain friends and family for that thrilling game day gathering or it leaves you wondering what appy to bring that everyone will love. Now I have to admit, I don’t follow football in the least, but any excuse to whip up delectable cuisine, capture laughs and game spirit, sounds tremendous to me! I have the perfect trio of sweet with heat meatballs, crunchy cheesy chickpeas and a hearty and warming chili for the big day!

I want to share my favorite nutritious finger food appies and game day chili that won’t leave you feeling heavy and perhaps allow for another beer or two! I created my Sweet With Heat Buffalo Meatballs specifically for occasions like these and they are always gone in a flash, so make extra. These meatballs are incredibly simple to make, the sweet green apple with the spicy buffalo sauce are such a yummy flavor combination and easy to serve with a toothpick in each!

Instead of grabbing that bag of chips at the store, grab a can of chickpeas instead and transform them into a crunchy garlicky and cheesy treat! My Roasted Cheesy Garlic Chickpeas are a great alternative to those empty calorie chips and they pack an impressive amount of protein and fiber as an added bonus. You may have to practice a little self-control with these guys… they are very addicting! They are a great option for those who are vegetarian or vegan too.

I don’t know about you, but the Super Bowl screams hearty chili to me… especially on these winter days! After snacking on yummy finger food, whip out this delicious chili recipe, my Butternut Black Bean Crock Pot Chili will for sure be a hit! Throw your healthy ingredients in that crock pot tomorrow morning and your chili will be waiting to serve those hungry (perhaps slightly buzzed!) guests on time for game start. I hope I’ve inspired you with a well-rounded menu for the special game day, remember to enjoy this gathering with family and friends, grab a drink and get cheering! Happy Super Bowl everyone!

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