Friday Food and Favorites: Easy Soup Cheat and Cheetah

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Time to cheer up, it's Friday!

So how's that weather out there? If you're in the Northern part of the USA you're probably snowed in, and it's the perfect time to enjoy the coziness of home. Embrace the opportunity for nesting, and nurturing your inner homebody. And the aroma of a homemade pot of thick, healthy, delicious soup can chase away that cabin fever in the blink of an eye.

I happen to not be a fan of spending hours in the kitchen, so yesterday, when I was craving some healthy, warm, comfort food, but I didn't want to work all that hard, I decided to make up a cheat veggie soup recipe.

Here's what I did:

1. Place the scrubbed whole veggies into a pot with the lentils and add water.
2. Add the spices.
3. Simmer for 2 hours
4. Blend with an immersion blender

That's it!

No peeling or chopping necessary, and you have all the healthy fiber and nutrients from the peel in each yummy, soothing spoonful.

Ingredient list:

1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes
1 large or 2 medium zucchinis
1 large or 2 medium onions
1 large or 2 medium tomatoes
1 cup of lentils
Generous dashes  of salt, pepper, garlic powder. Optional: ginger, sage, turmeric, basil to taste

Tip: Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top for a complete and hearty meal.

Now let's talk about Cheetah!

Cheetah print is the bold cousin (and sometimes interchanged with) leopard print. There's something about the irregular spots that just brings out the Rawwr in us women, and it's such an easy way to up your chic factor while adding a bit of drama. Need a boost in energy? Go cheetah. Need a boost in confidence? Go cheetah. Need a boost in style: That's right, go cheetah. 

Here are some ways to add Cheetah to your life:

With a scarf...
 ….or a jacket.
 Just like in nature, green is the perfect compliment to this print...
...any shade of green.
Buy this jacket HERE.

 Add a touch of cheetah print to a neutral palette at home to add some drama to your room:
 And then there are always shoes and nails…no words!
Buy similar shoes HERE

 Who would be willing to try this nail art? I think I would.

SHOP more cheetah by clicking on each item below (make sure to click away from the Pinterest icon that pops up):

MICHAEL Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Camilla And Marc

And finally, to end this post, here's a beautiful ad produced by Pantene and sent to me by my friend Sarah T. I love its strong message, something for us women to think about and take into our weekend and New Year:

Great job Pantene!

"Don't let labels hold you back." #ShineStrong



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  1. Well, I love this print and soup!! It's really so lovely to put gorgeous and healthy ingredients together and have a yummy soup when your not feeling well or the weather is not so great. I will try this one!! Happy New Year doll, I hope it's a very beautiful and blessed one for you Xxx

  2. Good morning, Sharon!

    I think this cheat soup is a fabulous idea. I too have not wanted to spend too much time in the kitchen, though being a teacher, I've been off for two weeks now! The difference that eating like this makes is part of keeping up that glow on our complexions and spring in our healthy steps....thank you!

    Now for the cheetah; I LOVE IT! Oh how marvelous it is to play with the possibilities of animal prints in winter or summer!

    Enjoy another day of 2014 with joy! Anita

  3. I love wearing cheetah to accent an all black outfit.

  4. Great post!

  5. YUm! I love leopard and cheetah! I made a lebanese swiss chard and lemon soup the other day.. I was craving something simple and veggie too.. this soup recipe looks great! I love the spices you added too! Will try that this weekend!
    Stay warm and put on some cool snow boots!!!

  6. Yes for leopard! I am addicted to leopard! I even have a leopard scentsy warmer:-). Great post!

  7. I loveee cheetah print! :) Especially with an all black outfit :)

  8. SHARON! Your soup recipie just blew my mind!!!!!!!! LOL I'd love to meet you in person and hug you for that one :)