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Allergy-Free Soup Recipe Round Up (FFF) and 3 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

If you’ve been stalking my comments lately on other blogs (which, would totally be creepy, but kind of cool in a #fangirl type of way…) then you’d know that I have been saying for weeks that I need to make some soup. After all, it’s been in the cold 30’s for awhile now, which I think that also means that this post is way overdue.

Below is a collection of 6 delicious-looking soup recipes that I’ve happened across on the blog world. They are all super simple.

1 has beef.

2 feature butternut squash.

3 contain apples. 

4 are vegan.

5 use no sweeteners.

And 6 are egg-free, grain-free, nut-free, tomato-free and bean-free!

Allergy-Free Soup Recipe Round Up

Butternut Squash-Apple Soup from Sprint 2 the Table (Found via CleanEatsFastFeets)

How cute is this bowl?

How cute is this bowl?

Grain-Free Chicken Noodle Soup from The Nourishing Gourmet

I've sorely missed chicken noodle soup, so this grain-free version is perfect for me.

I’ve sorely missed chicken noodle soup, so this grain-free version is perfect for me.

Meatball Soup from The Liberated Kitchen

I love the idea of adding meatballs!

I love the idea of adding meatballs!

Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from Happy Herbivore

Doesn't this soup almost look like caramel? When I eat it, I'm going to pretend it's caramel...

Doesn’t this soup almost look like caramel? When I eat it, I’m going to pretend it’s caramel…

African Kale and Yam Soup from Happy Herbivore

So many delicious soup recipes involving apples!

So many delicious soup recipes involving apples!

Butternut Squash Soup from Happy Herbivore

Only three ingredients. LOVE.

Only three ingredients. LOVE.

These recipes are part of this week’s Friday Food Finds:

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You can read all about Friday Food Finds and my past posts here:

Friday Food Finds #1 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #2

Friday Food Finds #3

Friday Food Finds #4 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #5 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #6 (Mission Accomplished)

Friday Food Finds #7

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I also want to share three things that I’ve been loving lately:

1. Book

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa has always felt powerless, useless. Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess. And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could save his people. And he looks at her in a way no man has ever looked at her before. Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

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I just finished this amazing book at about midnight last night. The Girl of Fire and Thorns is considered fantasy by most, but it was very mild. The coolest part of the book was how the author addressed body image and self-worth in a fantasy/long-time-ago context. Body image wasn’t the main plot of the story, but more of an underlying theme, which I thought was very profound and moving.

2. Movie

Batman Begins

Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight’s emergence as a force for good in Gotham.

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I’ve already seen this movie about a dozen times or more, but a group of my friends always get together every Wednesday to watch some type of Batman-esque show. We’ve watched part of the animated series, and all of the old batman movies. This past Wednesday we made it up to the most modern trilogy with Christian Bale. It’s so neat to see how everything has changed! He’s no George Clooney, but I adore this movie all the same.

3. TV Show

Dream High

Six students at Kirin Art High School work to achieve their dreams of becoming stars in the Korean music industry. During the drama, the students learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while also undergoing personal growth. Each one of the students have their own strength and their own weaknesses, but with the support and guidance of each other, they strive to debut on stage.

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This TV show was a recent find on Netflix, and in just the past week I’ve managed to make it through 7 hour-long episodes. It does have subtitles, because the main characters don’t speak English, and while I normally hate subtitles, there is just something about this show that makes me want to keep on watching. It’s somewhat cheesy, but the emotions of the actors and actresses are much deeper than I first expected. There are two seasons, but they have different main characters. I don’t think anything can beat Season One.

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I know I said in my last post that I was going to talk more about how I’ve been feeling lately, and some dietary changes that I want to make, but that’s just too depressing for this beautiful Friday. The post will come eventually, when I’m ready, but for now I just want to enjoy the holiday season, free from worry!

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Have you made soup yet this year?

What have you been reading/watching lately?

Name the first thing that you are going to do when the weekend starts.

What I Ate and What I Bought

Wow. What a long and wonderful weekend!

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break (if you had one) and had fun Black Friday shopping! I haven’t talked to most of you since last week’s What I Ate The Day Before Thanksgiving WIAW. It’s been too long.

So, let’s jump right in and I’ll give you a recap of what I ate over the weekend… and what I bought!

First up, What I Ate! The following are a collage of some of my better looking meals during my break, and some when I came back this week:

Breakfast

Banana Protein Bread with Cranberries.

Lunch

Roasted Kale, Carrots and Tuna Salad.

I just washed some pieces of kale and sliced a few baby carrots. I roasted everything under a medium broil for about 5-7 minutes until the kale was crispy and the carrots were softer but still had a crunch. (About 4 minutes in I also added some tuna on top to get warm).

Then I served it all one on big (Christmas) plate with a side of grapes!

Snack

A new squash to add to my collection! This is buttercup squash, which resembles acorn squash, and is “supposed” to taste like a sweet potato.

It was good, but tasted nothing like a sweet potato.

How to Cook Buttercup Squash in the Microwave

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe buttercup squash
  • 1 plate
  • 1 sharp knife (I actually used a butter knife and it worked!)
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 microwave

Directions:

1. Cut the squash in half.

2. Scoop out the seeds and place one half on a plate.

3. Microwave the squash for 8-12 minutes and check it with a fork. Microwave for a few more minutes until soft, tender and done.

Dinner

After my lunch containing chicken (today), I just wasn’t feeling too good and decided to refrain from meat for dinner. Instead I had two big plates of salad with shredded carrots, and a lot of rice!

This ended up being a good decision, because while I still didn’t feel very well after the rice, I’m positive my stomach would have been much worse if I had tried to chow down on grilled chicken like normal.

Snack

Recycled picture of grapes.

Now that all of that food is out of the way, onto the Black Friday deals and What I Bought!

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of everything that I bought while I was still at home, so stock photos will just have to do! They’re probably better than what my silly old phone would have taken anyways…

On Thursday morning we left our house at 6:40 AM (was supposed to be 6:00 AM) and started our 3 1/2 hour drive to my grandma’s house. We arrived just as my uncle and aunt pulled in, and our two families all sat down together in the living room. Classic chatter and stories ensued, then it was time to pray and have lunch!

I ate a light meal before we got there of chicken, grapes and carrots (there was nothing for lunch that I could eat). I just sipped on a glass of water while everyone else gorged on holiday delicacies. Ha!

When it was time to leave, we said goodbye and headed out to find something to do until we went Black Friday shopping.

My parents decided to watch a movie.

Skyfall!

It was very good and intense. Not quite as good as Casino Royale, but not nearly as dragged out or as confusing as Quantum of Solace.

Then we headed to Wal-Mart just a few seconds away. We got there at 7:00 PM and after walking around for a few minutes we all dispersed to our respective lines. My mom went to wait for a fire pit, my brother went to wait for his PS3 games, and I got in line for the DVDs! And what about my dad? Oh… He just walked around and chatted with each of us numerous times to save us from boredom. So nice.

Last year there were no lines for items. It was just a big rush of people as soon as it reached midnight. This year though, there were lines plus a COP! No one around me got rowdy (or required handcuffs), but there were a few teenage boys that were just getting on everyone’s nerves. No matter how many times the woman in front of me told the boys that there was a line, they just kept on whispering back and forth that they would push us out of the way if they had to. In response everyone around me just smashed together so that there wasn’t any room for them to get through. In the end, they probably didn’t get anything because the line was so long. It started in the produce section and reached all the way back to the freezer section more than 15 aisles away!

When it was finally 8:00 PM the Wal-Mart employees let a few people at a time into the DVD area. It was all very civilized. No pushing, shoving or fighting!

We were limited to just 10 DVDs, so I picked out some and went through them later with my brother to decide which ones we really wanted.

I bought Fast Five, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and Water for Elephants. Each movie was only $1.96! (Except Fast Five which was $4.96… but totally worth it!).

My brother ended up buying two video games (not sure which ones) and two DVDs: Sherlock Holmes 2 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

My dad was also nice enough to pick me up a vacuum cleaner when I was waiting in line! At first he brought over a red one, then after a slight hesitation on my part I confessed that I “really” wanted… anything but red. I was totally not being picky; he asked which I preferred! I ended up with a purple one, which I love! I’ll let you know how it works when I give it a try.

Overall we were quite successful. Everyone got something that they wanted (my dad bought some new tires later on), and no one got hurt! All of the other shoppers were so nice. Year Three complete!

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In my next post I am going to talk about some not-so-great things that happened on Thanksgiving concerning my digestion. Also, I’m going to be sharing my next plan in healing my stomach, so stayed tuned!

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What did you eat/buy on Thanksgiving?

Any crazy family stories to tell? Any crazy Black Friday stories?

Do you have any digestive problems? Have you ever heard and/or tried the GAPS diet for healing?