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Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Meal: Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Soup

Happy Monday you guys and welcome to the first recipe post on Lady Like Lace!

My main subject is always style, but lately my husband and I have been into healthier eating and a healthier lifestyle altogether, which means more cooking and experimenting for me! And I wanted to share it with all of you! It's been pretty challenging to try and be healthier and I feel like everyone has that issue. It takes more time, more effort, more planning, and with our busy lives we tend to eat what's faster and easier, which most of the time turns into making unhealthy choices. We have noticed, with a little bit of effort and planning ahead it can transform your eating habits and your life.

Now, let me clarify that we are not professionals and not on a diet. We just try our very best, as young bodies, to make little changes here and there that will hopefully add up to bigger changes later on. I also want to clarify, that we still eat things that may not be the best, but it's all in moderation. It's also all about substituting.

With that being said, there's a few different ways to make this soup! I literally CANNOT eat canned soup anymore! It just never taste good to me, so lately, my favorite thing to make is homemade soups!

Here's what you'll need:

-Option 1) 2 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes. Option 2) 5-6 ripe tomatoes (ran through a food processor   or blender) Either one is fine, use the cans if you're in a bigger hurry, but try to buy organic if possible!
-1 medium white onion, chopped
-2-3 gloves of garlic, minced
-olive oil
-2 cups of vegetable broth
-1 6 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
-Option 1) 1 cup grated cheddar cheese. Option 2) 1 cup grated swiss or parmesan cheese. Both are great, but I prefer the white cheese!
-handful of chopped basil
-2 teaspoons of oregano
-1 packet of Stevia
-sea salt and pepper

Let's cook: In a large pot, add a few drizzles of olive oil, chopped onion, and the garlic and cook about 5 minutes, constantly stirring around.  Add the tomatoes (which ever way you chose) and the vegetable broth and stir together. Now we add some seasonings! Mix in the Stevia, oregano, and chopped basil, along with a few shakes of sea salt and pepper, stir together well. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. You can then stir in the yogurt and cheese of your choice until it's all melted.

Now you can stop here and serve with a little added cheese on top OR if you like your soup really creamy, like we do, then you can blend it in the blender or use an immersion blender. We got an immersion blender for our wedding and I never thought I would use it as much as I do! I use it for every soup I make! It's so cool!

Now, enjoy!

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