Recipe of the Week: Leftover Turkey and Tortellini Soup

Leftover Turkey Tortellini SoupIngredients:

6 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 t ground garlic
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried basil
1/2 t dried Mediterranean oregano
1/4 t dried rosemary
1/4 t ground black pepper
2 cups leftover turkey, chopped or shredded
9 oz cheese tortellini
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach, large leaves torn in half

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Szechuan Noodles

Szechuan noodlesThis fantastic recipe is from our sister site CC Palate – where every recipe is created by you, but calorie counted by me.


8 oz vermicelli, broken in half
3 T rice vinegar
3 T soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil, canola oil, sunflower oil (do not use olive oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 to 2 t minced fresh ginger
1 t dark sesame oil
1/2 t red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cup cilantro chopped

Garnish: 1 or 2 green onions, sliced Read More

Introduction to Mindful Weight Loss with the Spoon Mage

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The Spoon Mage and Daughter of Spoon Mage

And so somewhere along the line, I found that I have put on weight that was previously lost in a most mindful way. It happens.

Anyone want to stroll down a pathway to health with me? You may need to lose weight or you might just want to prevent weight gain. Either way – please come along.

We’ll be taking a meandering trail. No stringent dieting please. No denying yourself favorite foods. You don’t have to follow any one way of eating, but you can if it suits you. Read More

Savory Seared Chicken and Vegetable Salad



1 1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into chunks
1 t salt
1 t ground black pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t smoky paprika
1 T olive oil
12 cups mixed salad greens, torn
1/4 cup white onion, sliced
24 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 large avocado, cut into chunks
1 broccoli crown, cut into pieces
2 T aged balsamic vinegar
2 T extra virgin olive oil Read More

Turkey and Ricotta Burger


1 (20 oz) package of lean ground turkey
1 cup onion, chopped finely
2 t olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta, low fat
2 t garlic
1 t smoky paprika
2 t good quality yellow mustard (I used Coleman’s English mustard)
1 t Worcestershire (or low sodium soy sauce)
Crushed red pepper flakes to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 T fresh parsley, chopped fine
4-6 buns, whole wheat Read More

Great Northern Bean and Spinach Minestrone

Minestrone with spinachIngredients:

1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 slender carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, rinsed and chopped – include the leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 Parmesan rind
2 T garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 t oregano
1/2 t thyme
1/4 t black pepper
Dash red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach, leaves torn in half
1/2 cup soup pasta like acini de pepe
1 T extra virgin olive oil Read More

Heavy on the Veggie Breakfast

Breakfast BurritoIngredients:

2 t olive oil
1/2 cup sliced onions
1/2 cup sliced sweet red pepper
1/8 t fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
3 cups baby spinach, rinsed, dried, and the larger pieces torn in half
1 egg
1 tomato, sliced or chopped

Optional: sliced mushrooms, kale, collard greens, shallots, grated carrots, zucchini ribbons, peas, and tofu – or your favorite protein replacement for the egg Read More