turkey meatball tortilla soup

Welcome back, soup season!

turkey meatball tortilla soup

I try to make soups as often as possible during the winter for lots of reasons.

  1. They’re usually easy to make.
  2. A pot of soup goes a long way, leaving lots of leftovers for lunches, easy dinners, or servings to freeze for later.
  3. Is there anything better on a freezing cold night than a hot bowl of soup? I think not.

turkey meatball tortilla soup

Nick isn’t the biggest fan of soups, so I try hard to make ones that I think he’ll like. This usually means that they need to be super hearty (not thin and brothy) and I try to have some type of carb-y addition to the soup OR some bread / roll / crackers / sandwich on the side.

Some tortilla soups I’ve had in the past are pretty thin, so I knew I wanted this one to be different. I packed a lot of flavor into the meat itself and tried to add as much flavor into the soup without having to use too much liquid.

pepperoni pizza hummus palmiers

Buttery puff pastry crust is wrapped around Sabra pizza hummus and pepperoni, then baked until the pastry is golden and puffed and perfectly flaky. 

Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers

Oh, football season. Why do you have to come to an end right when winter is getting bad?

We’re stuck inside, in the cold, which is the perfect time to relax with a cold drink, tasty snacks, and a good game.

Lucky for us, there’s a few more games to catch – including the 50th Super Bowl!

Pepperoni Pizza Hummus Palmiers

Even though the teams aren’t set yet, we can at least start planning our snack set up. And these DEFINITELY made the list this year for some Super Bowl viewing.

Have you had palmiers before? I’ve only had a sweet version, but even that was just a year or so ago. In fact, I had never even heard of these little treats until a few years ago when I saw my foodie BFF, Ina, making them on her show.

Who watched the Golden Globes this past Sunday? I don’t know about you, but I love the start of award season.

Lindt Golden Globes

The dresses! The fashion! And…the snacks while we watch.

This year’s Golden Globes event was ALL ABOUT THE CHOCOLATE.

Lindt Golden Globes

Do you love Lindt? We love Lindt. And we were super excited to find out that Lindt was the official chocolate confectionary for The Golden Globes this year! That means on Sunday night, we were eating the SAME chocolatey treats that all the celebrities had at the show and after party.

Lindt Golden Globes

This is kind of like the 7 degrees from Kevin Bacon, right?

So….if John Krasinski and I both ate the same chocolates on the same night, we’re pretty much BFFs? I hope so.

Lindt Golden Globes

At this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Lindt delighted guests with a decadent chocolate experience. During the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a limited edition Lindt gift box presented at each place setting. At the Golden Globes lounge, stars enjoyed handcrafted pralines imported from Switzerland and a chocolate sculpture of the Golden Globe award, and Lindt continued the festivities as the Presenting Sponsor and Official Dessert Sponsor of the Weinstein Company Golden Globes After Party.

Lindt Golden Globes

Can you say swanky?

Maybe our viewing party didn’t include formal dresses and tuxes, but we had a blast!

So much fun, in fact, that as I was going through my pictures to write this post, I realized that I did not take ANY pictures of the group! Once we started digging in, filling out our ballots, and playing bingo during the show….the cameras got tossed by the wayside. Oops!

Lindt Golden Globes

Regardless, we had a blast. Chocolate, champagne, and glitzy award shows really are the perfect mix.

On top of some of their classic chocolate bars, Lindt also sent flavors of their Hello My Name Is line PLUS some new-ish flavors that I hadn’t seen in stores here (Lychee?! My new favorite).

Lindt Golden Globes

All in all, we had a really fun night, thanks to Lindt, tons (honestly….tons) of chocolate, and Ricky Gervais.

Is there a way Lindt can sponsor every award show? Because I’d be up for that. You can never have too much dark chocolate.

With unrivaled craftsmanship and the world’s finest ingredients, Lindt is the perfect addition to any celebration. Get a taste of the excitement this awards season by visiting the Lindt Unwrapped Blog for tips from a variety of experts to create your own memorable at-home viewing experience!

Thanks to Lindt for sponsoring this post and providing the chocolate for our viewing party. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support us!

banana bread smoothie

We made it through another holiday season.

All the naps, all staying-in-pajamas-until-mid-morning (or later), all the carb-heavy, pant-stretching meals.

banana bread smoothie

And all this means a few things for me:

  1. I’m ready for a few MORE days off work, without all the holiday craziness. Just a few days to recover from all the food and traveling and business and loud houses.
  2. It’s time to get out my planner for 2016 and get it all set up and ready! The new year feels just like the start of a new school year for me – a clean slate, a fresh start.
  3. I’m definitely ready to get back to more regular healthy, clean eating. The holidays are the time to splurge and have family favorites or traditions, but after a few days of indulging, I start feeling sleepy and lethargic, and I just want a salad.

banana bread smoothie

But breaking that sugar/carb habit is always tough, right? Even if it’s just a day or two with a few extra sweets, it’s like starting all over again.

So my favorite way to ease back into a healthy routine after the holidays is to have healthy, filling dishes that FEEL like you’re splurging…but really aren’t. It still feels a little decadent, but is much better for you AND won’t give you that sugar rush/crash.

Working with Dole produce this year has given me even more chances to come up with some fun new, healthy recipes. And I think this is tied with the salad I made a few weeks ago. Maybe that salad and this smoothie will make an appearance together next week!

banana bread smoothie

Like this smoothie.

Perfect for a quick breakfast on the run, a filling afternoon snack, or a dessert for the whole family.