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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pizza soup and new menu

This week we are sorta flying by the seat of our pants. My in-laws came to visit on Sunday and I made this wonderful soup that I have named Pizza Soup.  I love to throw ingredients into a pot and hope that it tastes good and this one did.  Now, before you get all excited for pizza, it doesn't exactly taste like pizza.  Only pizza tastes like pizza but it does smell like pizza!  So here it is:


1lb of ground Italian sausage
1/2 small onion diced
3 gloves of garlic minced
2 cups of broth (I used chicken)
16 ounces of tomato juice (I buy a 6 pack of cans for this purpose)
14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 tsp basil
1 tsp salt (more to taste)
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 zucchini sliced and quartered
1 yellow squash sliced and quartered
1/2 cup barley

Brown the sausage and when still slightly pink, add the onions.  Add garlic now or later (it retains more health benefits the less you cook it).  Once the meat is brown, add broth, juice, diced tomatoes and seasonings.  Add two cans full of water or about 2 cups.  Stir well and bring to a boil.  Add barley, reduce to simmer, then cover and cook for one hour.  After one hour, add zucchini and squash continuing to cook for another 15 minutes.  Add mozzarella cheese and serve with bread sticks if your really feeling like pizza!  We just enjoyed with some brats.

So that was Sunday.  On Monday, my father-in-law offered to buy us pizza and well, I'll never say no to a free meal and certainly not to pizza now that me and the Beaner can eat cheese.

Tuesday:  Spaghetti on top of spaghetti squash, broccoli
Wed: Shrimp and sausage stir fry over cauliflower rice
Thurs: Sloppy Joe (Pioneer Woman's recipe) on top of Paleo buns, shredded brussel sprouts
Friday: Chicken
Saturday: Left overs

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