I’m so glad that everyone seems to have liked the Blogger Secret Ingredient choice for this week! To answer some of the questions that appeared in the comments…
1) Yes, Mr. Butternut Squash was posing rather seductively on my bed.
2) The submissions are due by the end of the day on Sunday!
Glad we got that cleared up Particularly the one about the bed.
Yesterday’s lunch was absolutely fabulous and perfect for fall. I had a similar combination last week, but the addition of two extra ingredients really made everything come together.
The base of the soup is the Imagine Bistro Fire Roasted Tomato Bisque. I used 1 1/2 cups of it this time for a bigger bowl. I then added one serving of sun dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup spinach before microwaving on high for 2 minutes.
When the soup was hot enough, I topped it with 1 oz. fat free feta cheese and 4 whole wheat mini pitas. Again, the pitas make the soup extra good this time because you can dip and pour the soup into the pita. It’s almost like a creme-filled doughnut if the creme is soup and the pita is the doughnut 😉 Ok, that’s an awful comparison but seriously, it’s an excellent soup and very easy to make.
I also ended up using the leftover rice from my trip to Big Bowl with last night’s dinner. I couldn’t help myself – I went to Whole Foods and picked up an order of the sesame tofu. Later this week, I have plans to actually make it myself. But it’s always so tempting to just grab ‘n’ go!
The rice was a little mushier the second time around but it was still good. Pretty much anything paired with this tofu will taste good in my mind I looked up the ingredients list online and plan to incorporate some of the recipe into mine when I finally make it. You can find it with the nutrition information here.
And finally, it goes without saying that this next bowl will be making quite a few appearances at my side while doing homework at night this week.
I added some more frozen fruit to my repertoire: raspberries and pineapple. They are pictured here with the already-too-obsessively-good frozen mango.
I know some of you said you can find the frozen fruit for cheap – my Whole Foods seems to like charging an extra buck or two for everything But I’ve decided that since the bags are still much cheaper than other “treats” and much better for you, too, they will become a weekly staple.
Good news! Starting today, food retailers across the country are being required to label items like meat and produce with the location that they came from. The only confusing thing is that some of the products which fall under the labeling requirement actually don’t have to be labeled because they are considered processed (such as bacon). You can read more about it by clicking this link.
I know this question has been asked by others, but now I’m curious. Do you make every effort to buy locally grown or produced food? Why or why not?
Let me know what you think! Have a great Tuesday!