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Today I had minestrone soup for the first time in a while and as soon as I finished my small cup I instantly wanted more so I went to the store to get some ingredients to make my own. I decided that instead of using shell pasta I was going to use orzo pasta. Orzo is a very small grained pasta almost fully resembling grains of rice. Originally I was making a soup, but the last thing I did while making it was add the orzo and it may or may not have come out of the box extremely fast….and thats how I got minestrone chili!
The first thing I did was take my pot and heat up some oil at the bottom. I then added my salt, pepper, garlic, dried oregano and basil, chopped onion and sliced zucchini for about 3-4 minutes by themselves just to cook them down a bit. I then added my beans, peas and diced tomatoes. Lastly I added the vegetable broth to de-glaze the pan. Then I added the orzo to the soup and let it cook in the broth for around 8 minutes.
Even though adding that much orzo was a mistake it came out amazing and turned out to be a more hearty meal rather then a light soup.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 medium chopped white onion
- 1 zucchini
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon of both dried oregano and basil
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 can of white beans
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of small sweet peas
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 cup of orzo pasta (can add more or less depending on if you want soup or chili)
- Parmesan cheese on top
Recently I was asked to write a post on my reasoning for being a vegetarian and how I transitioned, so here it is! Honestly a lot of people now-a-days are becoming vegetarians to have more of a plant-based diet. I don’t dislike meat, I’m just an animal lover, and ever since I was younger I told my parents I wasn’t going to eat meat. So one day a long time ago I made up my mind. It wasn’t really a transition period for me, it more was like a sudden stop. When I first stopped eating meat I stopped eating all of it. But being a vegetarian and getting the correct nutrients into your body that it needs was difficult for me. I was playing soccer, volleyball, running track, riding horses during the summer and taking all of my usual protein sources out of my diet definitely effected my body. My mom talked to me and told me it was a good idea for me to start eating seafood again, that way my body could get some of its needed protein from there and also a lot of awesome nutrients that fish and shellfish have. At the time I wasn’t fond of the idea but I have stuck with it ever since.
Even though I personally didn’t transition over a period of time, I know people who have and I think one of the best ways to start to transition is to cut red meat out of your diet. Some red meats are high in saturated fat and there are many speculations that the consumption of red meat is linked to heart disease and even certain cancers. Once you cut out red meat the rest should be easier for most people.
Since I don’t eat meat I take some vitamins to make up for the nutrients my body lacks because of that. I take a B-12 supplement and an iron supplement, both of which are prevalent in meat sources. If you lack certain vitamins such as iron your body can develop a deficiency such as anemia which can actually cause further health problems so its very important to give your body proper nutrition after you fully cut meat out of your diet. In addition to that its important to still give your body enough protein and other then seafood I get a lot of mine from beans, nuts and protein bars.
When I have class or work in the morning my day can sometimes start off a little crazy. As easy as it is to just quickly grab a granola bar oran apple, it’s so important to eat more then just that.
Calories, carbs and sugars keep you alert and awake and give your body energy. So for those mornings that you do just grab whatever you can as you run out the door (like this morning for me), make sure that you eat something else within an hour or two. I had class at 8am and 10am today and woke up around 7:30…which is usually when I leave my apartment. I grabbed a Brookfield granola bar and didn’t look back. After I got home from class around 11 I decided to make up for my missed breakfast with this omelet and fruit!
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup of chopped peppers (I used red, yellow and orange mini)
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
- sliced strawberries
- 1 small banana
This is a quick and simple omelet that took about 10 minutes to make after prep time and cook time. You can easily change the recipe based on what you like by adding more/less veggies or using egg whites.
This past weekend, I had one of my best friends Katelyn come and visit from Arizona, where she goes to school. Tampa has a huge festival and parade called Gasparilla, and I had a ton of friends at my apartment before and after the event. Sunday night, after a long weekend, my friend and I decided to head over to a grocery store and pick up some ingredients to make homemade stir-fry. Stir-fry is one of those meals that is quick to make, even if it has a ton of ingredients added. We picked up some yellow peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, onion, egg noodles (you could swap this for rice), shrimp and eggs. I got out my wok, added some coconut oil and garlic and then seared all of the vegetables into the mixture. Katelyn made this amazing sweet and salty sauce just by mixing soy sauce with brown sugar.
Once the vegetables were cooked, I pushed them to one side of the wok and cracked three eggs on the empty side. After my eggs were fried, I added the cooked shrimp and pasta followed by the flavorful sauce. I let everything get evenly heated and coated by the sauce, stirring it occasionally.
After everything we bought, the ingredients cost us under $20, and it made enough to feed at least four people (we had lots of leftovers)! I found my wok at Walmart a few months ago for just a little over $4! It isn’t necessary to use a wok when you cook stir-fry, but it definitely is worth the money — it makes it easier to stir, and it helps cook everything evenly.