Monday, April 26, 2010

Meal of the Moment: Festive Veggies


It's another Meal of the Moment post, where I try to creatively use up leftovers so we don't waste food. Unfortunately, I was hoping to have this posted shortly after Easter for ideas on using up your festive veggies but attention to my blog has been lacking. However, this will still work anytime you need to use up fresh carrots or asparagus!


The Easter Bunny left lots of carrots
at our Home Sweet Home this year...

After indulging in too many chocolate eggs, I found these healthy and fresh recipes in my Southern Living magazine a refreshing and energetic option!


Baby Carrot Soup (with a spicy zip!)
Good for you so don't you double love it?

This soup
is made with lots of pureed fresh baby carrots with chilies in adobe sauce too.

Nutrition Stats:
per cup- 105 calories, 4.9 grams of fat, 2.5 grams protein, 13.4 grams carbs



Making your soup pretty adds simple delight to your moments. Thin down the sour cream with water and drizzle and swirl. Lots of veggies make BEAUTIFUL garnishes so be creative!





Next up...


Fresh Asparagus Pesto Dip
There are a few ways to think out -of-the-box with asparagus. This recipe used pureed cooked asparagus in a flavorful and healthy dip.


You will also appreciate this healthy option! I changed the recipe a bit by adding walnut oil and green onions for flavor. Fresh asparagus is blended with grated Parmesan cheese (your only indulgence), fresh squeezed lemon juice, and garlic for a Smart Choice on a fun snack!


This dip is best paired with crispbread to maintain the healthy choice. Wasa crispbread has been a staple in our home for a few years as it provides excellent nutrition in place of crackers or bread.



And now, no more excuses for wasted food.



For more Meal of the Moment ideas, click here.



This post is linked to: Vegetarian Link Up, I'm Lovin It, Foodie Friday, DIY Day, Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Inspired Room

21 comments:

Liz said...

WOW, your pictures look amazing! I am suddenly hungry...LOL! I will have to try both of those, as it looks DELISH! Thanks for sharing! Liz

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

Awesome! I love both! You did an amazing job of making the soup extra special with the sour cream swirl and veggies, and I love that these are HEALTHY options! Terrific, Lisa!

Judy@cutest-little-things

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love asparagas! My kiddos do not, but that doesn't stop me from trying again and again!

Jenny said...

Ummmm.....yummmmmmmm!

The carrot soup especially.

I don't know if you have ever looked through the WW's cookbooks but they have some killer recipes in there anymore!

You could also use the greek yogurt for the sour cream. Much higher in protein.

Dorey said...

YUM! The soup looks SO good Lisa! :D

Heather said...

The soup looks absolutely beautiful; I love the way you dressed it up to make it extra special!

Brenda said...

That carrot soup looks delicious. Perfect for this chilly day we are having here where I live.

Denise said...

It all looks yummy, where can I find the recipe for the carrot soup?

AndreaLeigh said...

i love asparagus! i can't wait to try this out.

Aubree Cherie said...

I love carrot soup, this recipe looks excellent!

~Aubree Cherie

shopannies said...

this would work great for me sounds delicious

Kristin said...

Wow, your pics are actually making me want to eat veggies. AH HA HA!

Diana said...

I love everything!!! I am now officially very hungry.....

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

How YUMMY! My girls are crazy for carrots, I will definitely try the carrot soup.

Have a great weekend!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Melodie said...

Yum! These look delish! I would like to invite you to link up with me if you are interested. I have a brand new Vegetarian Foodie Fridays linky today and this would be perfect!
http://www.breastfeedingmomsunite.com

Natasha said...

Yummo! These recipes look easy and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing them!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

TidyMom said...

OMG those sound DELICIOUS!!!

Thanks for sharing and linking to I'm Lovin' It Lisa! Have a GREAT weekend.

Kelly said...

YUM!!!! I'm trying the asparagus dip tomorrow!

Room to Inspire said...

That dip looks fabulous! My kiddos love asparagus, and this would be a fun recipe to change things up a bit!

Chelsea

I. said...

I just found your blog! Love it! Also love the 'Wasa' knäckebrod!
Have a very nice day...
Greetings from Belgium (Europe),
Isa

cooler said...

Wow! Yummy...! it is looking Very Delicious..I will must try it At my home!:)
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