I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Savor Life, Savor Soup

Yesterday when I got home from work, I immediately started cooking and I totally exhausted myself. I did not have a good feeling about the recipe I was using-the proportions seemed wrong and I was right. There was way too much vinegar in the recipe and I threw away the leftovers-I did not even offer any to my mom! Afterwards I felt physically and emotionally drained and I still had a church meeting to attend. I say "emotionally drained," because I put my heart into my cooking and if a recipe does not turn out right, I have to take some time to mourn the passing of something that could have tasted great. I was so tired after cooking my awful dinner that I had to take a nap and come to the meeting late.

Fortunately, today's dinner was different. First off, I decided that I would take my time making dinner tonight. The recipe was not as involved, but I did not have anywhere to go, so there was no need to rush. More importantly, I learned something yesterday-when one rushes around, there is no time for joy and enjoyment. In the future, I am going to try to honor my limitations more and try not to pick out recipes that are so involved, especially when I still have places to be. Secondly, the recipe turned out fabulously! I made "pizza soup," which I got from allrecipes.com and it is a keeper. It is fast, easy, and it really does taste like you are eating a pizza in soup form. I used turkey pepperoni instead of sausage pepperoni and it tasted great. I also added oregano.

Ingredients
1/2 t basil
1/4 t oregano
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped mushrooms (the original recipe said 1/2 cup, but it was not enough...)
1 cup beef broth
1/2 package of turkey pepperoni, cut into fourths
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 T olive oil
(When cutting the pepperoni, it is faster if you stack them first.)


Directions

1.Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir-fry onions, mushrooms, and green pepper until soft but not brown.



2. Add pepperoni, the basil and oregano, and the stewed tomatoes.

Also, add the beef stock.Cook until heated through.
3. Put a big handful of cheese on top and let it melt.Yum! This really did taste like a pizza and I think it would make a great potluck dish. It would be great paired with crusty bread, which alas, I did not make, but you could! Savor this dish and savor every moment you have in this life. Life is too precious to throw away, like I did with yesterday's dish.

1 comment:

  1. Yum! A pizza soup! I think I just saw a recipe like that today at All Recipes, too! hee hee. This would definitely be lovely with some croutons on top!

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