Tomato Soup with Popcorn

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Traditionally, the sidekick of tomato soup is grilled cheese. There is no denying this paring is delicious, but for the sake of spontaneity, I chose to try something different. Popcorn!

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Maybe I’m late to the game, but this was my first time sprinkling popcorn over a warm bowl of soup. Note to newbies: you quickly need to savor the popcorn soup –  otherwise they disintegrated into a soggy mess (still delicious, though!)

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Seeing as this was my first time trying this combination, I kept is simple. Tomato soup topped with Himalayan sea salt popcorn. Though, the possibilities are endless. Next on my list – jalapeno popcorn! Yum!

Have you ever tried popcorn on your soup before? If so, what is your favorite combination?

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

A year ago hummus was a snack we would fill our plates with at parties, but it was never stocked in our fridge. Then one day while eating an early lunch at Costo (a.k.a filling up on samples) Ian and I strolled down the dip aisle, saw the hummus display, and wondered why we never enjoy it at home.

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Skip forwards a few months later and hummus is a staple in our home. It’s enjoyed on the classics – veggies and pita chips, but I wondered how we could expand our hummus obsession. Cue the hummus panini! Drizzled with a bit of my mom’s homemade pepper jelly and we had ourselves a mouth-watering sandwich.

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Here is how you can enjoy this sandwich at home!

Hummus Panini with Pepper Jelly

Ingredients:

  • Thick cut sourdough bread
  • Sliced turkey
  • Hummus
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pepper jelly

Recipe:

  • Liberally spread hummus on two pieces of bread
  • Layer with turkey and red peppers
  • Drizzle with pepper jelly and close the sandwich
  • Place on panini press and cook for 5 minutes, or until bread is golden

Summer Berry Salad

Summer Berry Salad

On the weekends lunch is a struggle. I usually get caught up in little house projects, checking items off my to-do list, or driving around town running errands. All of a sudden my stomach starts growling and I look down at my phone – it’s already past noon! Where did the time go?!

Summer Berry Salad

At this point I should have eaten an hour ago and Ian knows he is treading on dangerous territory since I’m likely to become #hangery. In situations like these time is not on our side. I don’t have half an hour to tediously work my way through a recipe, so we often resort to this delicious (and quick!) summer berry salad.

Summer Berry Salad

It’s simple and fresh. The perfect combination for lunch on a summer weekend. Since I never know when I will be in a pinch I keep my fridge stocked with produce from the farmers market, but if you are better at meal planning on the weekends make sure to add these items to your weekly shop!

Summer Berry Salad

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Dried cranberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Walnuts, crushed
  • Balsamic glaze

Recipe:

  • Wash and dry your produce
  • Layer a handful of spinach, blueberries and strawberries on a plate
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese, walnuts and cranberries
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze, or a salad dressing of your choice