(Mostly) Meatless Monday: Recipes/Batch Cooking

(Mostly) Meatless Monday/Batch Cooking/Recipes IncludedΒ πŸ™‚

Today I’m making two big batches of soup. We’ll have some for supper, then the rest will be frozen in individual servings for later. I love soup any time of year. Tonight I’m making White Bean, Kale, & Carrot and Veggie Corn Chowder. I’ll also make a pan of cornbread because…well…cornbread!

Here’s the recipe for the White Bean, Kale, & Carrot soup.


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic minced
1 small onion diced
4 cups kale chopped
2 large carrots peeled and sliced
4 cups broth chicken or vegetable (I use veggie broth)
2 15 oz. cans white beans undrained
2 teaspooons Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste


In a stock/soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add garlic and onion; saute until soft.
Stir in broth, carrots, beans, seasonings, garlic and onion.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook until carrots are almost tender, stirring occasionally.
Add kale; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until kale is done, stirring occasionally.

Here’s the recipe for Veggie Corn Chowder (from 100 Days of Read Food)

100 Days Veggie Corn Chowder
Source:Β www.100daysofrealfood.com
Prep 15 min
Cook 15 min
Total 30 min
Serving: 6


3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Whole-wheat flour
1 medium onion, diced
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
3 large celery stalks, diced
3 cups corn kernels fresh or frozen (no need to defrost)
1 teaspoon salt
cayenne pepper to taste
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk


1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and keep whisking until the mixture darkens but does not burn, 4-5 minutes.
2. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and stir occasionally until the veggies begin to soften, 5-6 minutes.
3. Add the corn, salt, and pepper to the pot and cook, stirring, for another 2 or 3 minutes. (If using frozen corn, add a minute to the cooking time.)
4. Pour in the chicken stock and milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened.
5. Partially puree the soup by transferring only half to a countertop blender, then returning the puree to the pot, or by sticking a hand immersion blender in the pot and briefly pureeing for less than a minute. Ladle into soup bowls and serve warm or freeze in individual portions for another day.

And finally, here’s the cornbread recipe. I could just eat the whole pan right out of the oven. I heat one greased iron skillet in the oven while it’s preheating and use another iron skillet to prepare the cornbread in. Cornbread batter poured into an already hot iron skillet has the perfectly crunchy crust.

Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread
Source:Β allrecipes.com
Prep 15 min
Cook 40 min
Total 55 min
Serving: 9


1⁄2 cup butter
2⁄3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


I’m still here….really, I am! And…the importance of resting!

I’m still here. Really, I am!

Here’s a great article from Becoming Minimalist on the importance of rest. I thing Sunday afternoon naps are great! The one I had this afternoon wasn’t too bad either. πŸ™‚


Do you get enough rest? Whether it’s sleeping enough hours at night (no, I don’t think two hours is enough) or setting aside time daily or weekly for some quiet, restful time is so important – for our physical AND mental health. And I have found that you can’t make up for LOST rest by sleeping late one day or taking a long nap on Sunday afternoon. You have to add rest daily if at all possible.

I hope that you’ll try and work some rest into your days…a little at a time. Even five minutes of quiet in the middle of a hectic day can be beneficial. (This is my completely non-professional opinion.) With little ones, it’s hard. I remember. I used to hide in the bathroom with the fan on when my hubby got home. Sat on the edge of the tub and took some deep, soothing breaths. πŸ™‚ I still do that sometimes. It’s a great hiding place, but you do need someone to distract little ones because they do not care why you are in the bathroom; they just NEED to be there with you.

Once my kids got old enough to fend for themselves for a while, my Sunday afternoon nap because sacred. That day of rest became real. Now that I work at church on Sunday mornings, that nap is a necessity. For. Real.

So whether it’s a five-minute reprieve sitting on the edge of the tub, an afternoon nap, or – most importantly – getting enough sleep at night on a regular basis, do it for yourself. You deserve it. Do it for those around you. I know I can be scary when I get overtired. Surely I’m not the only one.

So I’m off to Alabama for the weekend for a visit with extended family. Since I worked out at the gym today and focused on my arms, I might actually have to let my son drive. (Insert frightened face on Mom here.) Yikes!

Have a safe and restful weekend!

Lynne πŸ™‚

Dinner is served!

Dinner for me tonight…fajita bowl (baked spaghetti squash)…yum.

Made taco seasoning and patted onto chicken breasts. Cooked in oil over medium heat until done. Removed from skillet. Added a little more oil them sautΓ©ed bell peppers and onions. Added chicken back to skillet to warm. Served over half a baked spaghetti squash. 


Happy weekend!

Exercise …βœ”οΈ.

Grocery shopping…βœ”οΈ

Soup in crock pot…βœ”οΈ

Rewarding cup of coffee in hand…βœ”οΈ

Time to rest up for our church’s big egg hunt tomorrow.

I have a big crock pot going with 15 bean soup for dinner. I’ll make some extra yummy homemade cornbread to go with it. And it will make delightful leftovers after the really busy day I’ll have tomorrow. 

Now I’m drinking coffee and perusing healthy cookbooks and recipes online. Plannin, planning, planning. Trying to lose 10 pounds before my doctor visit (checkup) on April 23 and be ready for a 5K on April 25. 

Happy Friday, y’all!




Dinner is served!Β 

Dinner is served!

It’s been one of THOSE weeks (or two)…lots of busyness has gotten in the way. 

And I have been a slacker blogger. Truth. 

I did make a real dinner tonight. Grilled chicken over pasta with Alfredo with grilled veggies on the side. I also got a walk in with my bestie AND a run in with the boy child. (I may regret that tomorrow.)

Hope you’re having a great week! I’m going to watch “Nashville” and work on a menu plan for next week. These weeks without them are hard. I ALWAYS regret not making a meal plan, and NEVER regret making one. 

(Self, take note of that statement!)

Have a good night! 



Monday, Monday

Good Monday morning!

I hope your week is off to a great start! What’s on your agenda today? I have on my list: exercise, Bible study, work, and a Meatless Monday dinner.

I’m still menu planning (tonight is the last one I have planned) and I need to fit that in some time today if we’re going to eat the rest of this week! πŸ˜‰

I’m also going to work on my first “home beautification” project. I’ll start on it tomorrow. But I’ll share a “before” picture later today.

Y’all have a great day! It’s exercisr time for me.


Menu Planning Fun

Meal Planning

Hi, all! Hope you’ve had a good week. It’s supposed to be warm here this weekend, so I’m excited. Sun + warm temps = being outside. Woo-hoo!

So…I’m spending a very exciting Friday night doing my meal planning for the next couple of weeks. I’m in my yoga pants and have a cup of coffee and am sitting one bed surrounded by cookbooks. It really is exciting by my standards. πŸ™‚

We have been gradually moving to a healthier eating lifestyle (Shh! Don’t tell hubby!). Now, I’m ready to go full force. I’ve been replacing things in the pantry with healthier alternatives, and some things just had to go!

So I’m only surrounded by cookbooks with recipes for whole, healthy foods.

I will post the first week’s meal plan when I have it together.

Y’all have a fun Friday night. I’ll be doing one of my favorite things. And, yes, I know I’m weird. My mama just thinks I’m special. πŸ˜‰



Happy Friday!

Good Friday morning!

Here another week has flown by. I hope it’s been a good one for you. I hope you’ve gotten some organizing done.

Today I’ll be tackling my refrigerator and freezer. Oh, if only everyone (I’m speaking of the men in the household) would put things back where they go in the fridge. It’s a never-ending battleground. (If you know my hubby, don’t tell him I said that. It’s more the boy child anyway.)

I got a mirror for my entryway at a yard sale last week. I’m trying to choose a paint color as it’s time to paint as well. Then a pretty fabric to make a cushion for the trunk I use for seating. Pictures to come. I’ll even let you see the “before” pics.

Have a great weekend! I’m sharing a couple of sunrise pics from my walk this morning!

Prayers and love,


P.S. Running a 5K tonight…pray for cooler weather! Or rain…I’d not cry if it got rained out until it’s cooler. πŸ˜‰

sunrise 2 sept 12Β 

sunrise 3 sept 12

sunrise sept 12