Recently, I went to my favorite co-op, Common Market, for lunch. They have a great selection – hot food bar, salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches, smoothies, coffees, juices, and soups. For this trip all I really wanted was some soup, it had been really cold and I needed something to warm me up!
Now, when you are on Ideal Protein its really hard to find a soup that meets the requirements – especially one you didn’t make yourself. However, Common Market is usually really good about having something. That day they were featuring a roasted red pepper soup that looked delicious. Granted their soup did have some cream in it, but everything else was IP phase one approved! I decided to have a small cup…and it was delicious! It was so good that I actually thought about it for the rest of the week! How can I make this soup at home? If I made it at home I could take the cream out…then it would be IP friendly! So, this past week I embarked on a quest to make the perfect IP friendly Roasted Red Pepper Soup!
I think I have a new favorite recipe! I used to say that my Lettuce Burritos were my favorite, but they may have to move over…or at least make room in the recipe rotation for my Low Carb Chicken Pesto Zoodles!
This dish makes me feel like I am having an Italian dinner. I can even spin the zoodles on my fork! I was inspired by Green Giant’s Veggie Spirals. These make it so easy to use zoodles in my cooking. I don’t have to prep anything. I just steam them in the microwave, drain, and serve!
I have even developed an Ideal Protein friendly pesto, that is nut and dairy-free, for those on phase 1 of the diet. Or if you are fine with nuts and dairy, you could easily make this with your own pesto recipe or pick up your favorite jar pesto.
I am sure many of you are in the midst of your new year’s resolutions. You’re going to the gym, eating healthy foods, drinking more water, getting organized, making your bed, etc. But, have you considered doing something good for your mental well-being?
Well, I think you should! Have you ever thought about meditation?