I Get By With a Little Help From…

by Jenn (eating bender) on November 18, 2008

MY FRIENDS :mrgreen: More on that in just a bit. First, I’d like to present last week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient as promised. I’m a little behind!

Double Duty Potato Soup



  • 1 cup Imagine Red Bliss Potato Soup
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1/8 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese
  • 1 tbsp. 0% Greek yogurt

Here’s what the soup looks like, for your reference!



On the stove, heat up Imagine Red Bliss Potato Soup on medium high until it begins to boil. At the same time, cook one medium sweet potato in the microwave until soft (roughly 3-4 minutes). Cut the sweet potato into many tiny slices and add them to the pot of red potato soup. Stir the “double duty” potatoes together until the desired balance between a chunky and creamy texture is achieved. Pour into a bowl and top with Mexican cheese and Greek yogurt to create the illusion of a baked potato in soup form. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition Information (per bowl):

  • 260 calories
  • 6g fat
  • 42g carbohydrates
  • 7g fiber
  • 9g protein

Thanks again to Melissa of Trying to Heal for hosting another successful BSI contest! I’m looking forward to submitting an entry for this week’s ingredient pumpkin!! Yay Lindsay :) Great choice!

Making Spirits Bright

It may not be Christmas yet, but there are many ways that friends around the blogosphere have been making my spirits bright these past couple of days. First of all, thank you all for your encouraging comments about the 5k and my race time! It means so much to me that you care and it further enforces how truly wonderful this community is.

My spirit was also made brighter thanks to my good friend VeggieGirl, who was kind enough to send me some INCREDIBLE gluten- and soy-free vegan goodies in the mail!


These goodies are from the Enjoy Life brand, and include chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips and two types of granola! Of course I had to try something as soon as I opened the box :mrgreen: I went straight for the cookies!


The verdict? SO GOOD! These are very soft and chewy and remind me a lot of the Kashi TLC Cookies. But allergen-friendly :) Heat ’em up in the microwave and serve with a small glass of almond milk and you’ve got yourself a perfect nightcap.


THANK YOU, VeggieGirl!! :mrgreen: I am so excited to try the other products!

And a THIRD way that I’ve gotten by with a little help from my friends this week comes courtesy of Ashley from Sweet & Natural and Heather from Heather Bakes, who have both graciously presented me with the Superior Scribbler blogging award!


Both of these ladies have extremely high-quality blogs. Ashley is relatively new to the blogging world and has been making fantastic contributions through some awesome baked goods. Plus, she graduated from the very school I am attending now! Check out her Espresso Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Heather is another inspiring blogger who is currently attending culinary school! I love reading her posts because they are full of quick wit and humor. Plus, her dog Chloe always makes me smile :) She is running a marathon on December 14 and you can find out more about it by clicking here!

Here are the rules:

1. Post the award on your blog
2. Link to me for giving it to you
3. Link the originating post here
4. Pass it on to five deserving people
5. Post these rules for your recipients.

These awards go out so fast and I’m never sure who has received one and who hasn’t!! But here are four bloggers who I would like to pass the award on to:

  1. Sarah from Our Kitchen Adventures
  2. Brittany from Eating Bird Food
  3. Gina from Fitnessista
  4. Rose from On a Lobster Placemat

I checked their blogs and they haven’t posted about the award yet – but I apologize if I’m double tagging!! Either way, my fifth and final award goes to everyone in the blogosphere :) ALL OF YOU are incredible writers!! Hence why I turn to your posts every day – because they are ALL enjoyable reads!!

Before I go, I wanted to make sure to tell you that Quantum of Solace ended up being a very good movie! We saw it on Saturday night and while I will say that you have to make sure to pay attention the entire time (aka it’s easy to miss an important plot detail), the special effects were great and I’m really digging Daniel Craig as the new Bond – it seems a bit less shallow than the other movies. A little less objectification of women is a good thing.

Last but not least, head over to Grounded Fitness for a great giveaway!!

1 halie November 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Yummy soup! Great entry

Those goodies from VeggieGirl sound AMAZING! Go VeggieGirl!

This was a great post! All about friendship in the blogging community :)

I saw Quantum of Solace too and I loved it! Daniel Craig is such a good Bond! Compared to Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton (sorry fans, but they were horrible!), Daniel Craig is amazing! Sean Connery and Roger Moore are really good, classic Bonds, but I really really like Daniel Craig!

2 VeggieGirl November 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

LOOOOOVE your BSI soup submission!!

Aww yay!! I’m THRILLED to read that you liked the cookies!! I can’t WAIT to find out how you like the other products – enjoy them immensely, girl!! I know I do πŸ˜‰


Glad you liked the film!!

3 marafaye November 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Congrats on the award!!

4 Megan November 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm

What a fabulous soup! Congrats on the award!

I just started eating the Enjoy Life cookies recently and I am addicted. The chocolate chip are good, but my favorites are the gingerbread and the snickerdoodle flavors.

5 Lindsay November 18, 2008 at 6:27 pm

those cookies are too cute – yay for presents in the mail :)

6 Nicole November 18, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Congrats on your award!! You deserve it.

7 Hangry Pants November 18, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Congrats on the award. You have a great blog and totally deserve it.

I love your lazy chef ideas. πŸ˜€

8 Jennifer November 18, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I haven’t seen that version of Imagine’s soups! I need to find, looks yum!

9 Sarah November 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm

aww thanks jenn! you’re the best : )

10 Erica November 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

What a great submission! Nice work girlie! And SUPER yayyy to Veggiegirl for sending you those awesome products! She is such a great blogger :) Hope you have a lovely night!

11 sweetandnatural November 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

How nice of VeggieGirl!

12 sweetandnatural November 18, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Oh, and thanks for the nice words! You’re making me blush…

13 eatingbirdfood November 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Thanks so much for the award Jenn!! Definitely put a smile on my face.

Do you think you might be allegric to gluten and trying to go gluten free or are you just trying out the products?

And, your soup looks really good… and easy too!

14 seeleelive November 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I love your Christmas colors!! I can’t wait for the holidays–the blogosphere is getting me pumped indeed!

I love potatoes..inside soup=perfect yummy winter meal. Hearty & Warming!

Have a good night.

15 jenngirl November 18, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Great soup, Jenn! Can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes…I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week :)

Thanks for the heads up on the James Bond movie, I love Daniel Craig as the new one, and I agree, the less objectification, the better off we all are!

Have a wonderful evening!

16 zestycook November 18, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Great looking soup Bender. VeggieGirl is great! Have a great night

17 Karla November 18, 2008 at 8:47 pm

So…way behind, but congratulations on the 5+k and the five year anniversary! I hope school is going well for you–look forward to catching up soon :)

18 ksgoodeats November 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Lovely soup and what a great package you got! Glad to hear the movie is good!

19 teenageveghead November 18, 2008 at 9:09 pm

that soup does look really good!

20 gina (fitnessista) November 18, 2008 at 10:12 pm

goodies from veggiegirl?!? she is so sweet πŸ˜€
i love the bsi recipe- very semi homemade.. right up my alley!
is it christmas meet-up time yet?!? who’s stoked?? this girl, right here πŸ˜€
CONGRATS on the award and thank you so much for passing it onto me.. i’m honored :)
have a wonderful night!

21 Sharon November 18, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Wow, thati s awesome!

22 coco November 19, 2008 at 5:35 am

Great soup!!! I’m collecting soup recipes from everywhere. hahhaa…. but it’s winter, I love soup, so I can’t be happier!

Liz is awesome to send you these goodies. I only tried cinnamon granola and it’s amazing!!! Hope you enjoy them all! ^_^

23 glidingcalm November 19, 2008 at 6:12 am

wow so many goodies in this post!

that soup looks fantastic, love the mail goodies! how sweet of VegGirl!, and MUCHO congrats on the award! Eating Bender definitely deserves it!!

and i loveeeeeee Kelly T’s Giveaways! they are the bomb.


24 runningwithfood November 19, 2008 at 7:15 am

Your soups looks so warm and comforting!!

Ahh … the fabulous Veggie Girl! She IS so great! :)

Congrats on the well-deserved award!!!

25 Natalie November 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

That soup looks great! I’m going to have to scour the shelves for that Imagine low sodium.

26 Allison November 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm

holy yum! that soup looks unbelievable! great idea!

and hey – better late then never, right? πŸ˜›

27 lauren November 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm

the soup looks great! and congrats on your award – very well deserved – love your blog!

28 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

The soup looks amazing!

How sweet of VeggieGirl to send you all those goodies!

Congrats on the award! You definitely deserve it!

29 strongandhealthy November 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Your soup looks so delicious!!!

30 Lara November 20, 2008 at 1:17 am

Yumm-I would go straight for the cookies, too! Love the idea of making the soup like a baked potato. Looks so warm and comforting :)

31 Erin November 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

You full on deserve every blog award out there Jenn. I love your enthusiasm. You are so cute, sweet, and real. If you and Bobby make little benders, will you have them call me Auntie Erin?

32 Mark November 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Congrats! Well deserved! :)

33 eatingbender November 20, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Thank you everyone for the “congrats” :) It always makes me so happy to read comments like those!

Erin ~ Of course they will πŸ˜‰

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