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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5 Time Saving Tips for a Fitter You

You  know you should be exercising daily, but you don’t always do it. You know you should eat mindfully, but you don’t always do it. You know you should prepare more home cooked meals, but you don’t always do it.  Am I right? Resistence keeps you from being consistent. What is resistence? You might recognize better if I call it: instant gratification, pride, self-deception, fear, laziness, indecision, or procrastination.

Consistency is responsible for enabling me to reduce my fit age. Remember this quote?

If you are persistent you will get it, if you are consistent you will keep it. ~unknown

In my last post entitled How to Reduce Your Fit Age :Consistency Wins, I named 6 strategies that have helped put a dent in resistence and have enabled me to stay on course with exercise and eating right. As promised,  I ‘m sharing them with you, starting with my  personal favorite time saving tip at the end of this post with a warning: it’s not for everyone. But before I get to that, here’s how  my registered dietitian friends and fellow bloggers manage to get it done in less time:

1. Cook once, eat twice.  Regan Miller Jones, RD offers this advice, “having a plan in mind every time I cook for what I will do with the leftovers, beyond just eating them as “leftovers.” Ideas like turning roast beef  into beef quesadillas the next night; roasting veggies as a side dish one night and making them into a roasted veggie pasta dish the next night. It cuts down on cooking and adds the variety that keeps me and my family from feeling like we’re constantly eating leftovers.”

2. One Dish Meals. Toss everything together in one pan for less fuss, and easy clean up. Kelli Shallal, RD of HungryHobby.net <rel=”nofollow”/a>has started a series on her blog featuring this very concept.  Try her 3 Ingredient Creamy  Shrimp Stir Fry  The foodie dietitian, Kara Lydon, RD , show’s you how to make a  one dish vegetarian meal that’s also gluten free : 5 Ingredient Healthy Kale and Quinoa Bowl. 

3. Menu Planning. Plan meals for the week, and write grocery list from the menu plan. This is the number one time saving tip of Jessica Levinson, RD of Nutrioulious. Here’s what she says, “I take some time every weekend to put together my menu for the week, including what I’ll be packing my girls for lunch. I write my grocery list based on the menu plan, which saves me time at the supermarket, and if I have the time on Sundays I do some of the meal prep for the week.” Check out Jessica’s Menu Plan Monday archives here .

4. Take advantage of the salad bar. A great strategy that is NOT overlooked  by Robin Plotkin, RD,. Robin says, “I utilize the salad bar A LOT when it comes to fast lunches and dinners. There are so many protein and whole grain choices on salad bars now that it’s simple to make a healthful, tasty and cost effective meal at the salad bar! Check out here recipe : for a salmon salad using leftover salmon and raw veggies from the salad bar .

5. Batch task. Take small similar tasks and do them together. I don’t think I know anyone more skilled at knocking out a weeks worth of meals on the weekend than, than Lindsay Livingston, RD,  aka The Lean Green Bean.  If you haven’t seen her meal prep for the entire week (that she accomplishes in  about one hour forty minutes) you need to check it out here. Batch tasking can be applied to other areas outside of the kitchen, and here lies my personal favorite.  I like to run, but got tired of having to take my dogs for a walk afterwards. Solution, combine the tasks by running with  Brody and Skylor.  It’s not for everyone or for every breed of dog, but labs handle distance running and I don’t mind the company.

I hope  you found some ways to get it done in less time so you have time to take care of yourself. You might even manage to reduce your fit age! Please share your time saving tips in the comments below. Thank you and have a great day!

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