A National Chocolate Day Giveaway from Next Organics!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 28, 2014

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National Chocolate Day is today!!

What an amazing holiday right? One devoted entirely to chocolate. My dessert weakness is definitely chocolate, and I always end my day with a couple pieces of dark chocolate — sometimes with a tiny bit of red wine for a health(ier) treat.

So in honor of national chocolate day and my favorite dessert: dark chocolate, I’m excited to announce this month’s giveaway from Next Organics! They make natural, organic, dark chocolate covered dried fruits and nuts. They have everything from dark chocolate covered brazil nuts (these are so good for you because they are high in selenium – which is a cancer fighter) to dark chocolate covered ginger, coconut, walnuts, almonds, the list goes on and on.

Their chocolates are delicious and a healthy dessert option – in moderation of course!

And now, one lucky reader has the opportunity to win a HUGE prize pack of Next Organics chocolates: a mixed case of Next Organics that contains one bag of each flavor: Apricots, Coconut, Cherries, Bananas, Ginger, Pretzels, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, and Brazil Nuts…all covered in rich, organic dark chocolate!

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Sign up for my free, monthly newsletter (it has healthy recipes and tips – no annoying ads :) plus you’ll get a free healthy meal plan when you sign up!)
  2. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  5. Follow me on Pinterest

Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose. 

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, November 30th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via random.org) and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, December 1st.

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Black Beans

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 24, 2014

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We have been making a lot of soups in our house lately. Mainly because: as a busy parent, they are such easy go-to-one-pot meals; soups are super easy for babies to eat (thanks to them being relatively soft); and soups are perfect in fall weather!

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, who has turned this soup into a bit of a family favorite. Kids love it, babies love it, and husbands love it too :)

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The best part about tortilla soup is you can add any mix-ins you like, all of which are delicious and healthy. Some of our favorites include: avocado (1 tbsp per bowl), diced red onion, chopped cilantro, a couple of tortilla chips – crumbled, and shredded Mexican cheese (1 tbsp per bowl).

This recipe has tons of healthy veggies: peppers, tomatoes and corn, but is balanced well thanks to the protein from the black beans and cheese (if you choose to top it with cheese).

At less than 150 calories per serving, you can go back for seconds and thirds and be totally full and satisfied at the end of the meal!

The Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • (3) 4oz cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 32-40oz vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • (2) 15oz cans black beans, rinsed/drained
  • Toppings: 1tbsp shredded cheese per bowl, 2-3 crumbled tortilla chips per bowl, 1 tbsp diced avocado per bowl, etc.

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The Directions

Step 1: Saute peppers, onions, and garlic in 1 tsp olive oil until the peppers and onions are slightly translucent.
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Step 2: Add ground cumin, cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, green chile peppers and broth – bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.
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Step 3: Blend with immersion blender until the soup is smooth.
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Step 4: Add whole corn & black beans, dash of salt, and a sprinkle of pepper – simmer for 10 minutes until all of the ingredients are cooked through. Serve with toppings and enjoy!
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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup with Black Beans

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Calories per serving: 143

Fat per serving: 0.8g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 143 Calories, 0.8g Fat (0.2g Saturated), 163mg Sodium, 28.5g Carbs, 8.3g Fiber, 1.4g Sugar, 7.9g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • (3) 4oz cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 32-40oz vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • (2) 15oz cans black beans, rinsed/drained
  • Toppings: 1tbsp shredded cheese per bowl, 2-3 crumbled tortilla chips per bowl, 1 tbsp diced avocado per bowl, etc.

Directions

  1. Saute peppers, onions, and garlic in 1 tsp olive oil until the peppers and onions are slightly translucent.
  2. Add ground cumin, cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, green chile peppers and broth - bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Blend with immersion blender until the soup is smooth.
  4. Add whole corn & black beans, dash of salt, and a sprinkle of pepper - simmer for 10 minutes until all of the ingredients are cooked through. Serve with toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from AllRecipes

http://pickyeaterblog.com/vegetarian-tortilla-soup-with-black-beans/

 

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Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna and a Giveaway from Snack Girl!

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Spicy Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

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It’s Easy Being Green: Smoothie Recipe

September 15, 2014
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I am a huge fan of green smoothies. It’s the easiest way to get a ton of fruits and veggies (especially green veggies which are the best for you!) into your diet in an easy, quick, and effortless way. I recently bought a Vitamix when we moved to our new house in Ann Arbor, because 1) […]

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