Italian Wedding Soup

When it’s cold and snowing outside, I like to fill up my belly with a warm, savory bowl of Italian Wedding Soup, a true comfort food.

wedding soup

I love this soup, it is one of our favorites! My friend Lisa introduced me to it a couple of years ago and I’ve since made my own adjustments to it. For example, instead of using the traditional escarole, I use chopped frozen organic spinach. It’s easier and full of iron and fiber. I also add beans to my soup. I really enjoy a nice hearty soup that can suffice as our entire meal. I guess you could say it closely resembles a minestrone soup with mini meatballs.

italian wed soup

For the meatballs, I keep them light and healthy, by using ground turkey instead of beef and adding grated onion, carrots and zucchini. This keeps the meatballs so moist and full of flavor. I use this exact same recipe for traditional meatballs that I cook with marinara sauce. Absolutely delish!

meatballs

If you’re gluten free, you can substitute the whole wheat bread crumbs for brown rice bread crumbs and the regular pasta for corn pasta. If you’re vegetarian, you can substitute with tofu meat or omit them all together. Your options are endless.

This soup is a winner in our family and in my Food Jules classes. The kids enjoy it so much that they ask for it each semester. It makes me very proud that they are so excited to eat such a nutritious meal.

Hope this delicious soup warms you up on this cold, winter day.

Boston Cream Pie Heaven

I love reading the Food Network magazine…. actually, I love looking at the beautiful pictures of all the gorgeous food in the magazine! Well, it isn’t just me in this house who reads this magazine, so does Mike and the kids. They look at the gorgeous pictures too and then they ask ME to make the food in those beautiful pictures!

Well, last month we received the Chocolate Edition and it was filled with tons of recipes, all made with sweet, delicious chocolate. So, I knew it was just a matter of time before the requests came in…. the first one being the Boston Cream Pie which is one of Mike’s favorite desserts! So, today was his lucky day!

Boston Cream Pie

This was so light and not too sweet and oh, so delicious! Making this cake is very simple, really it is, but it does require many steps which I made throughout the day but it was so worth it! You can find this recipe on Food Network.