While I’m on my first day of SEVEN, in which I can only eat 7 foods for 4 weeks, I’ve decided to blog one of our new favorite meals. We had this dinner last week while Jeremy’s parents were in town visiting, as well as with two of our best friends. It was an evening filled with yummy food and card games … possibly the best way to spend an evening. As far as I know, it’s not of any ethnic background, but it is from Rachel Ray and almost anything she comes up with is pretty terrific.
I’m not sure if every recipe we try out is truly from the country we say it is or if it’s just an american version of something adopted from somewhere else, but it can be tough searching for authentic recipes. This is one of those recipes. It has common Spanish spices in it and has similar tastes to other Spanish dishes I’ve had, so I’d like to think they actually make this in Spain. None-the-less here is a tasty Spanish soup. (I promise, we’ll move on from Spain and try out some recipes from other places in the future).
Jeremy paired this soup with Olivares – Altos De La Hoya.
I’m going to be honest with you. I had a bit of a break down this past weekend. I don’t know if it’s because we leave for Ghana in just 4 1/2 weeks or if it’s because I’ve been having countless conversations about France and travel with my Aunt Kate lately, but Sunday I was hit with wave after wave of emotions, and I didn’t know where they were coming from. What I did know, is that I have an indescribable longing to travel, to experience the world and cultures and the diversity that God loves so dearly. I’m so very thankful for the country I was born in, but I want to have God’s eyes and heart for the world, not an American’s eyes and heart. It’s easy to start mixing faith with culture and making cultural beliefs into “Christian” beliefs, but often we miss the mark.
If you remember, I made a goal at the beginning of January to live a healthier life this year. This means being more careful with what I choose to put into my body and working out more frequently. To start off the year, Jeremy and I dove into some awesome smoothies from The Heirloom Blog. If you haven’t check out this blog yet, you should. They have lots of delicious, healthy recipes, yoga and pilates workouts, and more.
Let me be completely honest. I’ve kind of fallen into a rut with this whole eating healthy and exercise thing. Some of my dear friends who knew me when I ran for an hour each day, had my daily protein drink, and ate fairly healthy, might not believe it. But with the negative degree weather from last week, wanting to stay cozy inside my home, and a lack of motivation, I’ve found myself eating Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate squares and drinking yummy festive hot drinks, all while NOT working out. A friend of mine said to me once, that sometimes all you need is a push. Continue Reading