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Tomato Bisque and Rice Soup

I wanted to make dinner for Nick last night because I haven't been such a great domestic goddess lately, but I am still not 100% and am struggling with some other health demons. So I wanted to make something quick and easy for me, I ended up making a tomato bisque and rice soup, which turned out marvelous and ended up on Nick's top foods' list. Boy was I surprised.

Here are the ingredients you will need:



  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes, I used Italian style
  • 1 can milk 
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Essence
  • 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white rice
Just a note about the seasoning - you can really season it anyway you want. We personally like some heat to most things, thus the spicier ingredients listed above. However, if you do not prefer that, add whatever your favorite spices in soups are and go with it! 

  • Mix the first 10 ingredients [only half of the cheese]  in a large pot on medium - high heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally 
  • Pulse the ingredients until creamy and smooth
  • Meanwhile, boil 1 cup water in small pot
  • Remove from heat, add rice and half of the Parmesan cheese, cover and let set for 10 to 15 minutes

Serve Directions:
  • layer some rice on the bottom of a bowl and ladle soup over it... sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and serve

Adding the rice is a great way to had some sustenance to ordinary tomato bisque soup and it is so yummy!! I hope you all give this a try. It is super easy, believe me! I have not been feeling up to cooking lately in light of my personal challenges the last 2 or 3 weeks, but this was an easy way to warm up your home and belly in no time!!

Until next time, happy souping! :) 



Cheese-steak Wrap

Last night I didn't make anything fancy, in fact I haven't been making fancy things lately. However, I wanted to use up some of the prime rib we had leftover from the holiday. Nick loves cheese-steaks and has been talking about using some of the leftover prime rib to make a cheese steak so I did just that last night, in a slightly healthier rendition of a normal sandwich. 

Here are the ingredients:



  • Prime Rib, sliced
  • American Cheese, 3 slices
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons leftover Au Jus
  • Cayenne Pepper, pinch
  • High Fiber Wheat Wrap

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Heat large frying pan on high
  • Add Worcestershire Sauce and Au Jus in skillet
  • Add sliced Prime Rib
  • fry over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes
  • top meat with cheese and allow to melt
  • meanwhile, warm wheat wrap in oven for 3 to 5 minutes - just until warm, but not too crunchy
  • add meat and cheese to wrap and fold like a burrito 

This is such a great meal and semi-healthy sandwich. I have a problem with lots of foods, especially cheese. I tend to eat far too much of it and add it to everything I can in excess. To keep the calories under control only use  2 or 3 pieces of cheese, max!! However, if you are like me and get weak in the knees for cheese, have no fear the wheat wrap really helps you out in this meal. I'm all about high fiber products, while one wheat wrap has about 200 calories [which seems like a lot] it also has low fat and 21 FIBER!! It's incredible!! The fiber alone outweighs the calories. IT IS THE BEST CREATION, EVERRRRRR!!! 

Nick and I both enjoyed this tasty wrap and I hope you do too if you give it a try!

Until next time, happy creating!



Turkey Dinner Pizza

Not unlike Thanksgiving, we had a bunch of leftovers from Christmas. While I was not quite as creative with our leftovers this time around because I've been under the weather, I decided to spice up our normal leftovers last night with this amazing Turkey Dinner Pizza! It came out great and was so fun... I'm certain kids young and old will love this!! 

Here are the ingredients you will need:



  • 1 refrigerated pizza crust 
  • your choice of spices
  • 1 to 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing (I used our leftover sausage cornbread stuffing, mmm mmmm)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey breast
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • Heat the oven to 425 degrees F
  • spray baking sheet with cooking spray
  • unroll dough in pan
  • Starting at the center, press out dough to edges of pan
  • season with spices of your liking [I used cayenne pepper and some Essence]
  • bake 7 to 9 minutes or until golden brown
  • spread mashed potatoes over partially baked crust
  • evenly top with stuffing and turkey
  • top with cheese
  • bake an additionally 6 to 10 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown and cheese is melted



This was such a great success! Nick said that this is one of his favorites, which was a surprise for me but I'll take it!! I hope you all enjoy this fun recipe and give it a try sometime!!

Until next time, happy creating!