Category Archives: Everyday Snack & Meal Planning

Scratch Made Cheesy Tomato Soup

Scratch-Made Cheesy Tomato Soup


After having a few amazing bowls of tomato soup recently, I wanted to stop buying and take a stab at creating my own! It was such a delicious comparable, and even my 3 year old loved it.


Here's what I used to create this dish**:

  1. Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  2. Fresh Tomatoes
  3. Fresh Onion
  4. Canned Diced Tomatoes
  5. Minced Garlic
  6. Buitoni Pesto Sauce w/Basil
  7. Chicken Broth
  8. Thyme
  9. Light Salt & Pepper

I also accompanied the soup with Buitoni's Stuffed Ravioli and garlic bread (the hubby's plate), and the combo was DELISH.

Try it out and let me know what the family thinks!

**Given the large quantity that I always prepare for storing, I did not list any measurements. I also find it best and easiest to season and cook to taste**

Ladies Who Lunch…CLEAN

Ladies Who Lunch...CLEAN


So over the past couple weeks, I have been focusing on getting raw fruits and vegetables in my diet at lunch. I must say that I've noticed a tremendous difference in the way that I feel after meals, my energy level throughout the day, and not to mention the 3 pounds that I lost in just 2 weeks.

lunchfruitandveggies Consuming raw fruits and vegetables in their natural state are heaven sent to your body, and have been proven to promote healthy weight loss. Their low fat and calorie count coupled with the high fiber that helps to keep you fuller longer, is the best recipe to shed pounds. Not only that, I forgot how tasty and refreshing they can be for lunch!
Take a look at some other weightloss tips I've posted in the past, and let me know what's been working for you. Remember, we're in this together!

Fruit & Veggie Cleanse

Fruit & Veggie Cleanse

Every once in awhile I like to switch things up and motivate myself to lose more than a pound or 2 for the week - which is my current norm through proper eating habits. That being said, this week I've decided to only consume raw fruits and vegetables for lunch and dinner.
  Here are 4 tips on how to join me and try it for yourself:
  • Purchase A Veggie Tray - This stems back to my bulk buying advice. Purchasing a veggie tray from Sam's Club or Costco will allow you to have fresh choices all week long without breaking the bank. Pre-sort all of the veggies into ziplock bags for easy grabbing. A good girlfriend taught me this trick when she sends her hubby off each week.
  • Stock Up On Fresh Fruit - Fruit is a great source of sugar that your body needs. It is also low in calories, and high in water. Like vegetables, eat as much as you like!
  • Increase Your Water Intake...Even More - Considering the type of food that you'll be "restricted" to, be sure to consume a great deal of water throughout the day. This helps even more with the cleansing process.
  • Lean Meat - Can't commit to 100% raw fruits and veggies all day? That's ok! You have to start somewhere, and I'm all about improvising versus giving up altogether. Throw in a piece of lean chicken or fish with your raw fruit or vegetable to satisfy protein cravings.
Remember, it's only for a week and you may just like it! Cleansing is a great choice for those looking to jumpstart your weightloss, clear your skin, and overall feel great. Let me know how things go for your fruit & veggie cleanse, and what some of your favorite fruits and vegetables are.
ewg Happy Eating!

5 Weekly Weight Loss Tips

5 Weekly Weight Loss Tips

Having recently reached a 70 pound weight-loss since last November, I often get the infamous question - "How did you do it??!!" While it's not 'easy' per se, it is actually the same equation week by week. It is 100% possible to lose weight with minimal exercise through eating habits. Here's a look into 5 things that I do each Saturday/Sunday to prep for my weekly meals/regimen:
  • WATER. - Monday through Friday (minimum), I drink nothing but water and occasional tea (no sugar). This helps to keep you flushed, hydrated, and properly 'full' between meals and snacks. Not to mention it's the best thing EVER for your body. Wash out and prep your large 20-32 oz. water cup - you will refill this throughout the day.

Meal Replacements

  • SNACKS. - You have to snack, it's inevitable and it's good for your metabolism. Purchase a large veggie tray (about $10 from Sam's Club (preferred) or a little higher with your local grocer) and ration out the veggies in small containers or ziplock bags. Keep at work, in your purse, or grab and go daily. The same goes with fresh fruits, almonds, etc. I recommend buying fruits, nuts and veggies from Sam's Club (or the like) in bulk, as the items are less expensive on a whole, usually better and fresher, and won't spoil if you're eating as much as you're supposed to.

Fresh and organic produce is a great choice

  • PLAN YOUR MEALS. - As most of you may now know, I typically only cook on the weekends. Usually I prepare at least 2 entrees or full meals, and supplement them throughout the week. My family and I then rotate between the meals, do leftovers, make breakfast for dinner, and/or have a healthy take-out night. With all that's required of me in the evenings, it just works better this way for us and even saves on energy bills! When you plan - while not foolproof - it is still much easier to stay on track. When there is no plan, it's obvious that it is much easier to fail. Plan your meals and lunches as best as you can, and aim for no portion larger than your fist.

Try a simple breakfast for dinner.

  • LIGHT EXERCISE/ACTIVITY. - Many will agree that with the right food intake, exercise only plays a small role in weight loss. It is very important to incorporate activity and movement in your daily routine, but it could be as small as spending 15-20 minutes of your lunch  break per day walking in your office building. Reserving cooking to the weekends also frees up more evening time to get active - take advantage! Being active is a great accompaniment to your diet and improves your overall health. I do not recommend ditching activity altogether, but focusing more on your diet in the beginning is absolutely the most vital to seeing progress if you are struggling with doing both.
  • WILL POWER & DISCIPLINE. - It's important to remember that balance is key. It's also crucial to learn your individual ways to satisfy and anticipate cravings, versus throwing your plan out of the window after a setback or two. Try your best to schedule your cheat meal/snack just as you schedule your regular meals, and embrace them - they are ok! When planned, it's easier to say no to random breakfast donuts or pizza lunch offers. Try to increase your activity the day of a cheat meal or snack to offset the calories. Also keep in mind that having an entire cheat day is not ideal, and will oftentimes ruin a week's worth of effort.
I hope that you got something out of my 5 weekly weight loss tips. Leave any questions/comments below ladies, and feel free to email me if you'd like some one on one conversation on how to get started.


Gullah Gumbo

So this past weekend flew by pretty quickly, and I had to work with what I had on hand for this week's meal prep. I was gifted this FABULOUS scratchmade Gullah Gumbo mix a month ago, and figured it was the best time to give it a shot. Coming from a girl that doesn't particularly care for gumbo, I must admit that it was arguably the best I've ever tasted! The spice factor, authentic taste, and easy to prepare perks of this were definitely a hit. Here's what I used to complete the meal:


Gullah Gumbo Mix

Boneless Chicken Breast

Jalapeno Turkey Sausage

Medium Shrimp

Red Onion

Tony Chachere

White Rice (Not My "Go To" But With Portion Control This is Occasionally "Ok")


Feel free to add a side veggie to completely balance this delicious dish!