I found this recipe on Pinterest and want to try it. Here’s the original:
Cheesy Vegetable Chowder
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
some chopped carrot
some chopped celery
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup milk
2 cups chopped broccoli
2 heaping cups shredded cheddar cheese
Melt the butter in a large soup pot. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium heat until tender. Add garlic and cook 1 or 2 additional minutes. Add chicken broth and potatoes, bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender. Mix flour with water, add, and simmer until soup is slightly thickened. Add milk and broccoli and cook until broccoli is just tender and soup is heated through. Stir in cheese, allow to melt, and serve.
I was thinking I would change it to fit my diet plan by 1) Eliminating the butter. I never saute veggies for soup anyway. I just let them soften in the broth. 2) Either leaving out the potatoes or replacing them with sweet potatoes. I’m not sure how the sweet potatoes would taste in this, though. What do you think? And 3) Using skim milk, reduced fat cheese, low-sodium broth. And adding cauliflower, with possibly other veggies thrown in, too. Spinach maybe? Zucchini or squash? Garbanzo beans?
What do you think? Does it sound good?
I’ve been doing pretty well with the eating plan, I think. The meals so far have been: ribeye on the grill, with a large veggie-filled salad on the side. Another night was whole wheat penne, made with chunky garden pasta sauce (store bought. label me lazy) and ground turkey meatballs, served with steamed green beans. Then I made an asparagus/broccoli/red pepper/carrot stir fry using thin slices of the leftover steak, served with an egg roll (that violated my “meat from a 4-legged animal only once a week” rule but I couldn’t let ribeye go to waste!). And last night was grilled skinless chicken breasts, with roasted carrots/parsnips/zucchini.
Tonight I was gonna make the soup (meatless! yay!), and maybe make some bread but I don’t know. Bread isn’t really on my plan, but soup and bread just plain go together. The End.
I’ve still gotta do one fish meal (I was gonna plunge right into some salmon. I’ve never touched the stuff before, either to eat or cook, so this should be an epic fail, I figure. But I’m gonna do it anyway!) and I need one leafy salad meal. I’ll probably just do a chef salad with either chicken or turkey, eggs, the works. I know salads like that can end up being pretty calorie-filled, but still healthy(ish), right? And if that’s the whole meal, even better?
In other news, we’ve been busy outside- or at least I have been, and M has been when he’s had the time. Last night we built and replaced a sagging gate on the privacy fence, and planted 5 raspberry bushes. Oh, and I finally planted that st00pid lilac bush. I planted it on the corner of the garage in the back yard, which, if we put in the patio he wants to put in, will be right in sight of (in smell of!) the patio. So far all we’ve done on that front is measure out the dimensions and talk supplies and how best to build the damn thing. Naturally, we want to have it on the one nice grassy area of the whole sandpit- er, I mean back yard. But there’s just nowhere else to put it that makes sense or looks good when you factor in the placement of the house, the garage, and the upper deck stairs. Maybe I can move that sod, though, if I can figure out how to get it up.
In the area out front, we’ve decided to stop trying to fight nature and just go with it. We’ve got this horseshoe shaped area in the front of the house that is just a jungle of wild blueberries and overgrown brush. We’ve checked into scraping the whole thing and starting from scratch, but you start talking how deep you’d have to scrape to get at the root systems, and then it would need to be filled back in with dirt so it didn’t turn into a bog when it rains- that starts to get pricey. It’s much too difficult to do by hand, we’ve tried; it’s rocky and the roots are deep and strong. So! I happen to like the jungle look. Or so I’m telling myself.
We’re going to try and clear just enough to make a couple of gravel pathways. He’s got his flagpole set up in the middle so I’m thinking we’ll start with an arbor (cuz arbors are pretty!) centered on the front edge with one pathway going to the flagpole and two more pathways branched off- one to the mailbox and one to a bench set under the pine tree (maybe). We planted the raspberry bushes out there, and we’re gonna plant a couple of dwarf apple trees there. I have a bunch of wildflower seeds to plant in random patches, too. I’d like to get some good sized blueberry bushes to add to the wild patches, and maybe some other berry type things. In a few years it’ll be a fruit and wildflower jungle out there. Or so I’m hoping.
And THEN, for the deck, I saw this picture on Pinterest:
And I want THAT. Bad. We were gonna make the back deck into a screen house anyway, so that, with a little modification, could work. Isn’t it purty? I want that same seating and e’erything.
I want lots of things.
Also, it sounds like we’ll close on the house by the end of the week. Unless something crops up that we aren’t expecting, which would totally suck.
The garden pretty much bit the dust in the last frost, except for the onions. Meh. I quit for this year. Yup. What little bit survived, or is struggling to recover, probably won’t produce anything in the time left. I don’t care. M said he’s gonna make me a green house, a little one, for next year.
The flowers look good, though. The daylilies are just opening now, and the phlox haven’t opened yet, but the hostas look good and the rest is doing great.
Them’s my yard work stories.
It looks like Jes will be moved within a few weeks. Do airlines offer chaperones for adults? lol. She’s terrified. She’s never flown before! She’s afraid she’ll get sick or panic or something and she’ll be there alone with a 3 year old– she’s freaking out. Oy. Her freaking out makes me freak out.
Things are in a real good place right now. I feel great. M and I are awesome. My kids are finding themselves and sorting themselves out. The animals are healthy. Everything is just good.
That means something bad is gonna happen!
Pessimism. I have some.
Ps. Also, this. THIS is why I luff him so.