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Souped Up

I’m all about making things from scratch and trying to rely, mostly, on fresh foods. However, I know that sometimes life gets in the way and we have to rely on shortcuts. But that doesn’t mean that those shortcuts can’t taste homemade!

I know grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic…but the great thing about classics is that you can remix them!

So here’s my take on the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese. Trust me, once you modify the soup it will taste homemade!

**Initially, Military Man intended to have some of his leftovers for dinner. I had him do a taste test on the soup to see if I was right on with my additions and after trying it he asked, “Can I have grilled cheese and soup for dinner too??”**

“Can’t Believe It’s from a Can” Zesty Tomato Soup


-1 can of Zesty Tomato Bisque soup (I’ve only amped up this soup before so I can’t say whether this particular mix of spices would work on a different brand or flavor)

-4 shakes of Hot Sauce (I recommend Texas Pete!)

-1/2 tsp of Nature’s Seasons (AH-mazing spice blend…I put it on everything. Fries, peas, spinach, chicken, etc)

-1 tsp Gahlic Powdaaa

1. Pour one can of soup into a blender or food processor.

2. Add hot sauce, Nature’s Seasons and garlic powder and pulse until combined.

So now that you’ve got your soup how about some grilled cheese to go along with it?

Great Grilled Cheese

~If you choose to use regular bread over sandwich thins then this recipe will not be as low cal, but if you’re worried about flavor, don’t be. This may be a low cal version of grilled cheese but it tastes nothing like cardboard. PROMISE!~


-1 sandwich thin

-2 heaping TBS shredded cheese of your choice (I recommend shredded because it melts easily)

-1 TB garlic hummus

-1 pat of butter

Recipe Note: This is pretty low cal but I’ve included real butter. If you wish to cut calories non-stick cooking spray would work as a substitute. Frankly, I need that buttery, crispy crunch on my grilled cheese. Plus, I live in close proximity to Paula Deen and if I don’t use butter at some point I’m fairly certain she can expel me from the South.

1. Melt butter in a pan on medium/high heat and add the sandwich thin. Move it around so it soaks up the buttery goodness.

2. Add cheese and distribute between both sides. Leave on the skillet until melted, then remove from heat.

3. Spread hummus on one side and press both sides together.


The soup tastes phenomenal and crazy close to homemade. The touch of hot sauce adds a warmth which makes the soup even better for cold, crisp fall evenings. The hummus takes the grilled cheese from mundane to extraordinary! A quick, healthy meal! And the hummus adds more protein for filling power! (Not to mention crazy good flavor!)

-This was a delicious meal for me, however, Military Man needed a little more food. I used regular bread for his sandwich and included crackers to go with his soup.-

Bon Appetit!



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Getting Creative With Bagels

One of the best things about being proficient in the kitchen is trying combinations that sound bizarre but are absolutely delicious. Case in point: My mom makes a fabulous dish that consists of risotto topped with scallops and a vanilla bean, cognac, and bacon sauce. It doesn’t necessarily sound like it would taste good, does it? But my God it’s delicious!

Now, I’m not yet talented enough to recreate that recipe, but I do have some favorite concoctions I can share with you. I get a lot of ideas from other blogs I follow, especially Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers. “Bagelwiches” are something she blogs about a lot. They’re bagelthins (which are usually only 90-110 calories each!) with various ingredients sandwiched between them.  One of the first variations I tried was a whole wheat bagel thin with melted provolone cheese and raspberry jelly

I LOVE these for breakfast, lunch or a snack. And when I finally found cinnamon raison bagel thins at the grocery store, I stopped using the whole wheat ones for this particular combo. The cinnamon raison adds an extra something to this already delicious treat.

After trying the above bagelwich, I created one that was all my own. And I might actually like this one even better. Apple slices, melted provolone cheese, and cinnamon create a party in your mouth.

Now, if you’re craving something a little more savory, I have one last tried and true combination for you. it requires a little more work, but its really good.

You’ll Need:

Cream cheese


Garlic powder

1 bagel thin (I recommend an “everything” bagel thin)

1. In a food processor or blender, combine spinach, garlic, and cream cheese and blend well. I didn’t measure this at all, just eyeballed it and added more until I had enough. But go easy on the garlic, you can always add more later.

2. Spread the spinach mixture on the bagel thin (toasted if desired) and enjoy!

Helpful Hint: I’m sure these are easiest to make in a toaster oven. But it can still be done even if, like me, you don’t have a toaster oven. Just toast the bagel thin to desired texture and place a slice of cheese on one half of the bagel as soon as it comes out of the toaster. press both halves of the bagel together until cheese is melted. then gently peel both halves apart and add jelly, apple slices, or whatever it is you’re adding. So get in the kitchen and have some fun!


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