What do Hot Mamas eat for lunch?

Well, if you live close to the studio, chances are you eat at Vert Kitchen. Vert is an amaze organic fresh and delicious lunch spot — owned by wonderful Noah Stevens . . . if you live in Denver, you HAVE to come check it out. But, avoid on the weekends, the line is ridic.

For those of you who need to eat from home, or bring a lunch to work, what do you eat? In general, eating a healthy, satisfying lunch is pretty difficult unless you plan for it. When I go to Whole Foods on Sundays, I make sure I have lunch ideas on my list. I say ideas because sometimes when I get there, I’m inspired by things that are in season or may be featured in the store that day (this is their job after all). P.S. Have I told you how much I love WF? It is my happy place. I know everyone who works there and if there is anything you want to try, all you have to do is ask. They will sample just about anything for you.

Things to have on hand at home for a good lunch:

  • Salad Materials (i.e.; lettuces, tomatoes, carrots, celery, olives, peppers, and the like)
  • hummus (or learn how to make it – great Martha recipe)
  • eggs (not just for breakfast anymore)
  • deli meat
  • nuts
  • Dressings

What’s great is if you can have all of these things washed and at the ready so you can just toss into a bowl.

RULE #1: Don’t eat standing up in the kitchen. This leads to overeating and just grabbing foods at the random which leads to consuming too many calories and a stomach ache. Make yourself a plate, fill a water glass, and sit down: much more civilized and will actually satiate you.

Here is a great recipe I ran across this weekend — use this as inspiration and add the things you like.

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Dinner Tonight

 

 

Hi Hot Mama. Do you kill yourself to incorporate good vegetables into your family’s diet? I do. And, I have to say, when it becomes a normal part of every meal, your kids will actually eat it. But you can’t just always throw some steamed broccoli on a plate and expect a good response. Getting a little creative and trying a variety of vegetables will keep your family interested.

This recipe caught my eye because it has raisins. The sweetness of the raisins paired with the kale will be delicious. Add to that the crunch of the nuts and you can count on a clean plate!

Give this one a shot. I’m making this with a healthy version of sesame chicken tonight.

Have a great day, and make sure you VOTE!

Amazing, quick and easy soup . . . perfect for a cold night.

Hands down my favorite soup. I made this when it first came out in Bon Appetit, I was pregnant with my daughter. It was amazing then, and I’ve been making it every winter since. It’s packed with vitamins and flavor. You can’t miss with this one. Add a glass of red wine and some crusty bread and you are in heaven. I use turkey kielbasa, a little less tortellini than called for, and I double the amount of Kale.

Recipe from Bon Appetit 2002

One of the main reasons why I love this soup so much is because it contains Kale.
Kale is absolutely rich and abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Kale is rich in Vitamin C not to mention the much needed fiber so lacking in the daily diet of processed food eating Americans. The “Icing on the Kale” are the natural occurring all important phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles which research suggests may protect against cancer. Let’s not forget the all important antioxidant Vitamin E. Rest assured kale spares nothing in providing one with much needed nutrients and associated health benefits.

Soup’s on! Enjoy.