I hope everyone’s holiday was fabulous! I had a wonderful Christmas but I can’t believe it’s already over and that we have to wait a whole nother year for this magical time of the year.
Christmas day started with a fun exchange of presents…my family got me such awesome stuff….most having to do with the blog actually! Here’s just a few of the bloggy type gifts I was given…
My sister got my mom the Clean Eating cookbook….but I think I was more excited then both of them!!! 🙂
Speaking of delicious food…..our Christmas dinner menu was filled with so many of my favorite foods!
Italian bread with local Tuscan herb Olive Oil
Soft Goat Cheese Red pepper ball with stone ground wheat crackers
Creamy Tomato Soup (recipe below)
Mixed greens salad with olives, chickpeas, and mushrooms
Broiled Seabass (my most favorite fish EVER!!!! But it’s so expensive now so we only have it on special occasions)
Cardamom Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Anise Sugar Cookies
Mexican Wedding Cake cookies
Strawberry Thumbprint cookies
I didn’t really get to many food pics because we had guests and it just didn’t seem like any appropriate time came up to snap a few. But let me tell you, the food was amazing….my favorite part was definitely the sea bass. If you have never tried it….go out and get some! It’s so worth the extra money to try it at least once……it tastes like it is injected with butter, that’s how smooth and delicious on it’s own without even adding anything to it!
Now for that recipe! The tomato soup came from the Substitute Yourself
Skinny Healthy cookbook that Musselman’s sent me for the holidays.
Creamy Tomato Soup
adapted from Substitute Yourself Skinny by Susan Irby
4 large tomatoes, seeded and diced
4 cups low sodium tomato juice (such as V-8)
1 large shallot
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (the original recipe called for sour cream)
sea salt and black pepper to taste
In a large pot combine first three ingredients, bring to a slight boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and let simmer for about 25 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Puree the soup in batches until smooth. Serve hot or chilled!
We served it hot and it was awesome…..we also made it a day in advance so the flavors would have time to really come through. So simple and so yummy!
What was the highlight of your Christmas ( the food, the family times, the gifts, etc.)?
My whole day was wonderful…..I don’t even think I could pick a favorite part!
Well, another week begins tomorrow…..back to the grind.
Oh but before I forget! Ella enjoyed her 2nd Christmas as well.
She was a good lil’ pup this year so we got her a stocking full of treats! She got a new squeak toy, a bone, and a bag of organic dog treats. Check these treats out, they look good enough for humans to eat!
Ahhhhhh now it’s time to relax by the fire and soak up another wonderful evening……