Lasagna Soup

This is seriously good soup! I found this recipe on Pinterst by the Deen Bros — I love it Paula Deen’s sons have started a website where they take their mom’s recipes and make them healthy! Best foodie find ever!!

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
8 Whole-wheat breadsticks or grissini (optional)

Instructions:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes.

(This part would work well in a crockpot too!) Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes. Add the noodles; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan. Serve with the whole grain bread.

Via the Deen Bros

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Baked Avocado

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This recipe came from a craving for avocado, pesto and mozzarella cheese. And it is delicious!

All you need:
1 medium Avocado
2 tomato basil string cheese
1 tsp pesto

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Calories:
Both halves: 255 calories
One half: 127.5 calories

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

This is the easiest chicken and dumplings ever! I found this recipe on Pinterest.

It’s so simple. You only need:

1 can chicken broth (I’d probably add one more)

2 cans cream of chicken

5 chicken thighs

parsley flakes

garlic powder

1 can flakey biscuits

Like I said easy not healthy, but the perfect comfort food!

Check out BubbleCrum.com for the directions. And enjoy!

Inspiration: Dashing Dish

Good Morning all!

While cleaning up my inbox and checking some emails this morning I stumbled upon Dashing Dish. Its creator Katie has an amazing collection of recipes, fitness activities, meal plans, etc. to help readers achieve a healthy lifestyle. It really is a great site and I recommend signing for a premium membership!  [Note: You can give as much as you want for the membership fee – but it is definitely worth way more than $5 a month]

Go check out her site and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to start trying out her recipes and workouts!

Life by Emily is officially off the ground!

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After years of trial and error, countless hours and lots of soul-searching: Life by Emily is officially off the ground. In the right hand column you will find six categories: Projects, Sgt. Pepper, DIY, Noms, Heart and Seasons.

A little about about Emily (me):

This blog is basically the random assortment of my everyday life.

My parents both come from strong Cajun French/French families so I love great food, enjoy simple pleasures and am completely obsessed LSU football!

I have a small child named Sgt. Pepper (okay so he’s a dog). He is a 5 lb. Yorkie and he stole my heart from the moment we met (I’ll post the story). I love that dog!

I am a Marketing/ Advertising/ Promotions coordinator at an engineering company by day and an amateur designer by night. Life by Emily has become my creative space! Here you will find posts about things that I love, my current design work, DIY projects, funny stories from my life (seriously I couldn’t even make this stuff up) and a random assortment of things that inspire me.

Projects:

While I am a Marketing Coordinator at an engineering company by day, my true passion is print design. Lately I’ve been asking (we’ll begging) my recently engaged friends to let me help with designing save-the-dates, announcements, invitations and just about anything else they need. The projects page will showcase those projects! [So yes a couple of them said yes!] So far I only have a couple, but I’m hoping to have more soon.

Sgt. Pepper:

I have a small Yorkie – Sgt. Pepper. Yes that was a Beatles-inspired choice. I call him Pepper for short. While I am whole-heartedly for rescuing dogs sadly Pepper was not rescued. When i first met Pepper he was so tiny (1 lb. exactly). And he was still the biggest little trouble maker I have ever met. Right then I knew we were prefect for each other. On this page I will try to continuously update it with pictures and short posts of my life with Pepper. He’s a feisty one so that page may get a bit interesting!

DIY:

Do-it-yourself or DIY is now a huge part of our weekends, am I right? Do you spend time during the week scouring Pinterest for the latest and greatest DIY projects that will complete that room you never finished or update that tiny apartment you’ve crammed yourself in? No worries I do it too. This page will show your all of my DIY projects that I’ve boldly taken on. Many of them are in the process of being completed to stay tuned!

Heart:

This is basically a compilation of things that I love and/or inspire me to be a better person. This page may get a bit random so be prepared to find something new and exciting every week!

Noms:

I grew up in a large cajun-french family, where seasonings reign as king and roux is a staple in every dish. Needless to say I love to cook and I love even more to eat! This page is where I will share my favorite recipes.

Seasons:

I’m a huge fan of holidays, maybe it’s the religious aspect or maybe it’s the excuse to get a little drunk with your favorite people. I also love to make seasonal cards – which will be posted here! So Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, Happy Easter or whatever time of year it is!

So that’s just about sums up Life by Emily! Thanks to those who have followed me though the painful year and half it took me to get here. And for those of you who are just joining me thanks for visiting I hope you continue to read up on Life by Emily!