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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wishing You All A Happy Thanksgiving

My only post this week will be brief. I'm hoping everyone takes the time to relax and truly enjoy the holiday. Laugh with your friends and family, sleep late, get some fresh air and put aside your troubles for a day or two. Taking the time to truly connect with others is just as important to your good health as anything else. Put down the phones, the camera, get off the computer and be in the moment. Volunteer at a community dinner if you are alone and bring happiness and comfort to someone else.

I'm offering a quick soup recipe that can be ready in 30 minutes and is a good change of pace for all the big meals you'll eat in the next few days. We ate it last night as we are eating light before the big day.

Tortellini Soup
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 onion chopped
1 carrot, sliced thin
3 cans chicken broth, low sodium and reduced fat
sliced fresh mushrooms, preferably Portabello
1 9 oz. package tortellini
1 diced zucchini
1/2 cup broccoli florets

Saute onion and carrot in hot oil till lightly brown. Add mushrooms, broth, broccoli and tortellini. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Add zucchini and simmer 3 to 4 more minutes. Pepper to taste.

Because I have two growing children, I add a larger package of tortellini, more broth and extra vegetables. Neither one complains about eating the zucchini in this soup!

Happy Thanksgiving to all and I'll see you next week!

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