Monday Already?

Weekend Recaps – In Case You Missed It:

Friday: I Heart Artichoke Hearts
Saturday: My First Race of 2010!
Sunday: Sharz, A Show and Sleepy Sunday

Good morning – welcome to the start of a new work week. Groan – I know. But before I get into this week, I’m going to do a quick recap of the rest of Sunday.

After waking up a bit late on Sunday, I set to making a quality breakfast. I had planned on making some for Hubby as well, but he had to leave to go play football in the freezing cold. So instead, I made some oatmeal pancakes for myself using Tina’s adapted recipe, which I guess came from KERF. I topped my pancakes with a mashed blueberry, water and sugar mixture. I also had a cup of hazelnut coffee.

My huge breakfast kept me full for most of the day. I had a light lunch pretty late in the day consisting of an apple with cheddar cheese.

After I did two loads of laundry and cleaned the apartment a bit, I decided to make some soup. I popped out to the store to pick up a few items and then set to work making tomato-basil soup (from with a side of sautéed brussels sprouts.

Tomato-Basil Soup

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


  • 2  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 3  garlic cloves, minced
  • 3  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2  cups  fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • Basil leaves (optional)


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in the broth, salt, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. Stir in basil.

Place half of the soup in a blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a bowl, and repeat procedure with remaining soup. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.


For the brussels sprouts, I just sautéed them in a little olive oil to start, along with some mushrooms. Then after about 5 minutes I added 1/4 cup of chicken broth along with some salt, thyme, pepper and onion salt. I sautéed until they were tender and then removed.

The soup was pretty good and I had enough leftover that I can bring it with me to work two days this week – I love that! Do you plan meals ahead to make leftovers for taking to work? I always try to if it’s a meal I think would be a decent lunch.

After dinner I finished up the blueberries I opened this morning as dessert – but I gobbled them up so quickly I didn’t take a picture.

Then I read a little bit of my new book before bed. I’m reading The Weight of Silence and it is definitely a quick read. I’m already about 80 pages in. I’m liking it so far, but I will keep you posted and will write a review when I’m done.

And so we begin our second week of the New Year – I have a bunch of projects I’m working on at work so I’m hoping my week will fly by. I’m also going for a run with a fellow blogger tonight after work – finally getting a chance to run outside during the week despite the darkness. And then this coming weekend I’m attending a bachelorette party! 2010 is shaping up to be a busy year.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun, have any great workouts, good eats or good reads?

Have a good Monday all!


6 responses to “Monday Already?

  1. I’ve had my eye on that tomato soup recipe from Cooking Light! I liked that it used canned tomatoes rather than fresh tomatoes (which aren’t in season now…)

    I did my first triathlon yesterday! It was an indoor evenr – 10 min swim, 30 min bike, 20 min run and eventhough I am not a good swimmer AT ALL I was really proud for pushing myself outside my comfort zone 🙂

    Congrats on the Fred Lebow 5 miler! It’s not easy to get up early on a Saturday and go running (fast!) in freezing temps.

  2. That soup looks awesome, perfect for cold weather.

    I’m happy I at least got a little bit of a workout in yesterday and Saturday was fun going the museum… .haven’t done that in awhile.

    I need to start finding books to read for my vacation. I have a thing for reading books set where I am vacationing…. so I have a few authors I like that have series that take placed in the FL Keys. I’ll have to figure out which books are next in the series.

  3. Those pancakes look scrumptious. I love pancakes because they do have a tendency to leave you pleasantly full for the majority of the day.

    That soup sounds like it’d hit the spot on a cold night like last night. I love Cooking Light recipes, I can’t tell you how many wonderful discoveries I’ve made and prepared with their complete cookbook.

    I definitely like making a big batch of stew to eat throughout the week or freeze for a later date. It’s so economical for both time and money.

    Have a great Monday!

  4. That soup looks so tasty! I really do love a good tomato soup – especially if I’m enjoying it with a toasty grilled cheese sandwich and a good friend 🙂

    Can’t wait for our run tonight!

  5. I love tomato basil soup.. and brussel sprouts.. yum!

    I plan my meals a week in advance and shop for ingredients on Sat. I like taking left over food to work since most foods taste better the second day.

  6. Mmm apple and cheddar is right up my alley. Your pancakes are making me hungry! My weekend was pretty good- I was happy to be able to run outdoors despite the cold temps!

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