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Bye-bye pumpkin…

Yesterday after work we had a bit of running around to do…

…an appointment at the bank– which told us we will be just fine at retirement! Yay, even said we could retire closer to 55! That made Picky Hubby VERY happy!   

… I had relented and let Stinky join hip hop dance class again this year provided they moved him back down to the younger group and at an earlier time. Yesterday was his first class! –It all worked out, and now he is talking to me again 😉

… I had a clandestine meeting in a parking lot to trade goods- I had listed a few costumes on a local buy sell page, and met a lady last night to exchange costumes for cash.

Last night for supper it was a quick soup.  Broccoli, carrots, a few baby potatoes and a small handful of real bacon bits, and a chicken broth. Spices added were fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and a little dill. Once everything was soft, I just used my immersible blender and pureed the lot.  At the end I added half a cup of greek yogurt to the 6.5quarts of soup, and sprinkled a tiny bit of mozza/cheddar when serving.  As simple as it was, it was SOOO good!  On the side were some garlic artisan rolls.

Breakfast today was another yogurt bowl, and sadly now I am out of canned pumpkin till I go shopping again.  I do have some pumpkin I cooked up last year still in the freezer I am sure I could still use, but the convenience isn’t the same.

In the bowl:

  • 1/2 c 0% greek yogurt
  • half a gala apple chopped
  • small handful of Barbara’s Puffins
  • half of a quaker 100% natural oat packet
  • 1/4 c pumpkin puree
  • a sprinkling of chia seeds
  • T sunflower butter
  • 3 drops vanilla stevia
  • pumpkin pie spice

Once again another score in the meal department… now I am off to work… Have a great day!

What is your favourite fall-flavoured breakfast??


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This Morning I started my day off with leftovers.. no, not steak from last night, but some Pumpkin oats that I had made the other day.  I added a little water and microwaved till warm.  Topped it off with a couple of these Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes from Sunday, a couple pecan halves also warmed up in microwave, and a spoonful of Sunbutter!  All of these items are good on their own, but together=perfection! (for those of you with wheat allergies this combo is nice and gluten-free!)

Lunch was some leftover Chicken and Gnocchi Soup I had made on Friday which also needed to be eaten up or thrown out soon.. and never being one to waste food, I happily ate it!

Here is the recipe I neglected to share with you the other day…

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

  • 2 baked chicken breasts dicedo
  • 1/2 c diced red onion
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 T power flour or regular
  • 1.5 c shredded carrots
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1/2 c julienned red pepper
  • 2 T liquid chicken bullion
  • 1 c greek yogurt
  • whole wheat gnocchi
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/4 t dill weed
  • 8+ c water
  • grated parmesan cheese
Into a stockpot went onion and butter, I sauteed till the onions were transparent, then added the garlic.  To that add your flour and a couple tablespoons of water to make a roux.
After it had thickened I added the carrots, celery, peppers chicken, bullion, dill weed and 8 cups of water and lowered the temp to a low medium heat to let simmer.  Add some fresh ground pepper to taste, and your gnocchi to the simmering pot.  I used greek yogurt as my creamy base, and added it after the vegetables were soft.  Not sure if that is the appropriate time, I just don’t like to add dairy to soups too early.
Once gnocchi is cooked it will float to the top, it doesn’t take long.  Let simmer on stove top till you are close to eating, then add in the chopped spinach.  It tastes good even if you add it earlier or reheat, but I like to add it closer to the end so it still has a tiny bit of texture to it.   Top with some grated Parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!  It is like a “souped up” version of creamy chicken soup with dumplings, and easier too!

By using the 0% greek yogurt instead of half and half or real cream you lower the fat content of the soup without compromising on taste, plus you get some added protein!

Well I am off to clean some more, and do a little painting outside before the kiddos and hubby get home from work!

What is your favourite leftover?

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