I realize soups are kind of weird to eat in the 90+ degree heat, but they are just so dang tasty. I saw a recipe for Cream of Zucchini soup on the Skinnytaste website earlier this week and just had to make some of my own. This soup is the perfect appetizer, snack, or lunch/dinner if you get a big enough bowl full. With only 5 ingredients, it is budget-friendly (theme of the week, huh?) and deeeeelicious. Check it out!
Easy-Peasy Zucchini Soup
Servings: 4 (1 1/2 cups each)
- 32 oz. container reduced sodium chicken broth
- 3 medium zucchini, cut into large pieces (skin on)
- 1 yellow onion, cut into eight pieces
- 3 large whole garlic cloves
- 4 Tbs reduced fat sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
First, chop your veggies. I know I have minced garlic in the picture above, but I actually ended up using whole garlic cloves.
Next, boil your veggies + garlic in the chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cover, allowing veggies to become tender ~ approximately 20 minutes.
Using a blender, pour 1/4 of mixture into blender and puree until smooth, repeating until all contents are pureed. Do NOT fill up blender more than halfway or else the heat will make it explode. Let’s just say my counter and fridge were covered in pureed zucchini last night. Rookie mistake. 🙂
During your last two batches of pureeing, add 2 Tbs sour cream to each. Place all your contents back into the pot, and add a good amount of salt and pepper to taste.
Top with Parmesan and EVOO if your little heart desires. YUM!
I know it looks funky, but it tastes delicious!
Kettlebell Circuit Workout
If you have a kettlebell or have ever used one, you know it’s an awesome total body workout. I finally broke down and bought one of my own! My gym doesn’t have any available, and it really is the perfect at-home workout equipment to spend money on if you’re going to do so. I purchased a 20 lb kettlebell, which ended up being just the right amount of weight for me. I created the workout below (and actually did it outside like a crazy person), which incorporates cardio and strength all in one. Just how I like it!
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Since I completed this workout outside, I ran around the block to total approximately 3 minutes, but you could easily use a treadmill instead. Complete 3 sets of each exercise (1 minute rest in between sets) before moving on to the running portion. This workout could probably be done with a dumbbell as well, but the KB just makes it so much better! Enjoy. 🙂