Sweet, Salty, Spicy

This cannot be good – I’m watching a replay of the USC/Oregon St game from LAST YEAR!!!!

Ah….I’m going to be so addicted this year, I know it.

Is it bad that I’m excited about that? I love spending all day Saturday watching these teams play their hearts out!

 

I wasn’t sure if we would be running after work or not, so I went ahead and had a bigger bar snack, just in case (and because I was hungry!)

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When are pretzels + chocolate NOT good?

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I like this bar – especially all the chocolate chips and pretzel pieces.

 

Work was busy right up until 5 pm and then I booked it out of there! We got stuck in the same traffic we always do – it’s not horrible, but it usually takes us 5-15 minutes of sitting in line, just waiting to get out of the building complex.

Nick ran up to the garden as soon as we got home and brought down MORE tomatoes, so we didn’t go running tonight. We had to cook a huge batch of tomatoes before they went bad!

Nick started on the tomatoes while I started working on dinner.

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I took about half of the turkey from the other night and made a Mexican-type soup with it.

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Fiesta Turkey Soup

  • 1 pepper, diced (we use an anaheim from the garden)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can great northern beans
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • cumin
  • ancho chile powder
  • oregano
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 cups leftover roasted turkey
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice
  1. Saute onion, pepper, and garlic in a bit of oil until softened.
  2. Add in broth, tomato sauce, beans and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and add turkey.
  4. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Squeeze in lime juice right before serving.

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To serve this, Nick and I both put a dollop of fat free refried  beans on the bottom of our bowls, topped with the soup, and topped that with fresh guacamole + cilantro.

I loved having the creamy refried beans at the bottom of the bowl! Such a fun surprise in every bite.

I also had a few chips to test out my guacamole while I was making it  :)

I’ve got to prep some stuff for breakfast and pack my lunch for tomorrow – let’s hope I can think of something good.

 

What’s your commute like to work / school? Short, long, lots of traffic?

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16 comments

  1. Football season is well on its way! Its always a high light to the new season! i can’t wait either, i see tailgating in my near future!!!

    that clif mojo bar looks AMAZING! who can pass up chocolate chips and pretzels. not this girl or you!! :) love it!

    That mexican inspired soup looks so amazing! hope you enjoyed!

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  2. those bars are one of my fav. clif products! oh, who am i kidding? i love all clif products!

  3. I carpool together with my hubby too! Not only does it save a tone of money, but it’s great one on one time too. About 30 minutes each way and we are lucky we do not have the traffic jam you do. Eeek. That’s just plain annoying when all you want to do is get home.

  4. Ooo that bar looks amazing–def need to look for that!

    That soup looks stunning too, although everytime I eat soup my nose runs like CRAZY!! ha ha!

    My commute is a straight mile shot with barely any traffic :-) It’s a different story once I get there and try to find parking though!

  5. I’m making your fruit crisp right now!! Oh and I stopped by Lindt today!! :-)

  6. Oooo your soup looks fab!!

    Commute itsn’t too bad – about 10 minutes on the freeway – 15 minutes from door to desk!

  7. That is one of my favorite bars!! So good.

    My commute is LONG. A little over an hour both ways. I walk to the train, take that train, switch to another train, and then walk to work. It’s getting old… FAST

  8. That soup looks really good!

    Let’s see… when I work at the bakery, I have a 15-20 min walk to the bus and then a 12-15 minute bus ride… (leaving the house at 6:10 AM!)– not very fun.

    When I go to my editing job, I used to walk 15 min… now my boyfriend usually drives me… takes 5-10 min. So nice!

  9. 1-1/2 weeks until kick off, go Hokies, shirts fit fine, food looks great, tell nick we said hi

    Love ya
    Dad

  10. MM! I havent had on of those Clif Mojo bars in wayyy too long!!!

    Thanks for the turkey soup recipe!! It looks amazing!!!

    HAPPY WEDNESDAY BRANDI!!!!

  11. I had a mini of that EXACT bar and I was all excited to eat it… then my cousin’s daughter needed a snack… and i just couldn’t turn down a 2 year old..
    Are you an Oregon fan? (I’m in Oregon…)

  12. I love your bowl! Tooo CUTE!

  13. I ADORE that Mojo bar! Your football excitement makes me excited – I mean, can’t really beat tailgating ;)

    My commute to school is WAY.TOO.LONG. However my commute to work? I could basically throw a stone and hit the building that I work in.

  14. omg! that mojo bar looks so good with all the chocolate chips and pretzels..yumm!
    i just came across your blog and i can’t wait to keep reading. i recently made my own and would love it if you could check mine out!!
    jenna

  15. I can totally relate to your excitement! I love football Saturdays!

    Fresh tomatoes are the best.

  16. Oh, I love that soup! I love how there are layers of different kinds of beans, guacamole and turkey. So hearty, healthy and delicious!

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