Freezer Friendly Chunky Tortellini Soup

Make a batch of soup, freeze half for an easy go to meal! I hope you’re growing younger (yes, I did say younger, and I am referring to your fit age) with tips on  how to be consistent with healthier eating choices and  daily exercise. For those following with the goal of  reducing your fit age, it’s time to recheck  with the fitness calculator.

File today’s post under, tips to save time in the kitchen along with my post 5 time saving tips for a fitter  you. I wouldn’t ordinarily put a soup that takes 40 minutes to make, in  the quick meal category. But here’s why I’m breaking the rule:  you can freeze half of this soup  so your second meal is done in minutes!   It’s comfort in a bowl, and I love the results of the nutritional profile (per serving) : 240 calories, 4 grams fat, 15 grams protein, 38 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fiber, 35% daily value Vitamin A, 15 % daily value Calcium, 50% Daily Value Vitamin C, 20% Daily Value  Iron.

Keep up the good work!

Chunky Tortellini Soup

Prep Time 40 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 55 mins
Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 16 oz slice baby portabella mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 64 ounces reduced sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 15-ounce can fired-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups cannellini bean
  • 6 cups stemmed chopped kale
  • 9 ounce package tortellini
  • Parmesan or Pecorino cheese rind

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook 15 minutes or until liquid evaporates , stirring occasionally.
  2. 2. Stir in tomato paste, cook one minutes. Add stock , pepper, fire roasted tomatoes and drained cannelloni beans. Bring to. a boil.. Reduce heat , add cheese rind and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Stir in kale. Add tortellini and cheese rind and cook 7 minutes or until tortellini are done.
  4. FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS: Follow instructions through 2. Add kale. Cool soup completely and add tortellini. Freeze flat in a large ziplock freezer bag for up to 2 months.
  5. THAW: Microwave soup in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 8 minutes or until pilable.
  6. REHEAT: Pour soup into large Dutch oven ; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add cheese rind and cook 25 minutes or until tortellini are done.

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TPB Kale and Citrus Salad

This salad highlights the knockout flavor combo of kale and citrus with a honey mustard vinaigrette. Disclosure: I received a Produce Box , as mentioned in this post, free of charge. I was not asked to write a review or post a recipe. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 4)

  • 1 bunch kale, stemmed, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 oranges/tangerines/tangelos/grapefruits/etc., peeled and sectioned
  • 1 small red onion, thinnly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon stone-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Combine kale, oranges, and onion in large serving bowl.
  2. 2. Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey in a small bowl and slowly whisk in olive oil.
  3. 3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and pour over kale salad. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 172kcal Calories from fat 98
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 496mg 21%
Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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