Minestrone Soup & I’m featured in a new cookbook!

Minestrone Soup & I’m featured in a new cookbook!


I just realised I actually have a couple of things to share in this post! Besides a delicious minestrone recipe, of course.

#1 I am doing an accountable eating challenge with the girls gone WOD podcast! We’re eating healthy foods with no sugar for 3 weeks! Luckily though we get 1 cheat meal AND 1 glass of wine a week, so I think it’s doable! I’ve been pigging out so I want to get things reared in a bit so I can be back to feeling my best. The cheesy bean dip and gluten free brownies were good, but it’s time to press forward!

#2 A cookbook that I am a part of has just released! I’m really proud to have been included as it truly is a lovely e-book! It’s the Chowstalker Community Cookbook. It’s actually perfect for the challenge because all of the cooks who collaborated on it really focused on making everyday savoury dishes. It’s actually going to be a lifesaver on this challenge! I’m so excited to have a copy of it in my hands. If you want one too, it’s only available through the awesome primal life pack* right now. Which is also a good deal, so you can check it out if you are interested as well! I’ve been looking it over and I actually think I am going to buy it. I mean its a $1500 value for $39 bucks 0__0 I could sit here and pitch you everything great about it but honestly that’s not my style. If you are interested, there is more info here*, annnd I’m done now.


my recipe(s) from the cookbook!

Anyways, I love this cookbook because many of these dishes have never been released anywhere else! Including my recipes for Cherry BBQ Sauce and oven chicken skewers. I made those recipes solely for this cookbook so if you want them, you know where they are! :)

TODAYS RECIPE: Let’s keep this short and sweet. It’s a minestrone soup, but without beans and pasta, and WITH chicken! It’s sooo good, I’ve been eating it for days and days and have not gotten tired of it one bit! It does make a lot of soup so it’s perfect for cooking at the beggining of the week! I used leftover chicken in this recipe, but if you have none on hand you could always bake it at 350 for about 40 minutes while everything else is cooking. Or if you don’t eat meat, you could easily use vegetable broth instead and skip the chicken altogether! It’s definitely versatile.


The ingredient list looks long but it’s actually a suprisingly simple recipe. I hope you like it!

Minestrone Soup & I’m featured in a new cookbook!
  • 8 cups homemade chicken bone broth
  • 1 can organic crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 c diced onion
  • 3 c diced zucchini
  • 1.5 c diced carrots
  • optional 1.5 c diced potato
  • 3 leftover chicken breasts (3 cups)
  • .5 tbsp dried parsley
  • .5 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • .5 tbsp thyme
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper

  1. In a large stock pot heat the broth until simmering. Reduce heat and add all of the vegetables and spices to the broth. Cover and cook over medium low until all the vegetables have softened, about 30 minutes.
  2. Chop the chicken and add it to the broth, stir and remove from heat,Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve! This recipe will serve 8.


See? Easy peasy. The hardest part is just chopping up all of the vegetables!

I hope you all had a great Easter! Don’t forget, check out the primal life kit* if you want TONS of e-books, including this one that I am featured in, and many other great resources including fitness plans, challenges, and a bunch of coupons too! Apparently it’s a $1500 value for $39.

PS. how is the yoga challenge going? Have you been keeping up! I missed my first day on friday :( Darn 12 hour shifts and going out afterwards.

PPS. good luck fellow #GGWCHALLENGE girls!


Zucchini Pasta Salad

Zucchini Pasta Salad

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zucchini pasta salad (10)

One of the foods I was always jealous of my friends for buying at lunch in high school was pasta salad. There was something about its simplicity that was so delicious to me. I never had money to buy my lunch so I tried to steal bites where I could. Unfortunately these days i guess I still couldn’t eat it…because pasta. BUT I am clever enough to recreate it and in doing so have made it a very refreshing salad indeed.

This recipe uses a spiralizer*. I’m trying to use mine more to ensure I didn’t waste my money on it! It’s perfect for turning zucchini into fresh noodles for this great salad. I’m sure I’ll be making this tons this summer with the zucchini I buy from the farmers market.

Which, oh my goodness, I am SO excited for the farmers market to be back! I am really looking forward to my weekend walks down there in the sun, loading myself up with fresh food, and trekking back under the weight of my backpack. Come on weather, please stop sending us snow! It is really not cool. At all. one bit. Also, while I have your ear weather, if you could unflood the river that’d be greeeat.

zucchini pasta salad (8)

Anyways, this recipe is full of garlicky flavour and I know it will be perfect on a hot summer day! It’s simple to make and requires zero oven action. I love it with some leftover baked chicken and a tall glass of iced tea! That whole meal would be #21DSD friendly!

zucchini Pasta salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 65 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 7 g

Protein 2 g


zucchini Pasta salad


  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 carrots, diced
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 c green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon (about 1 – 2 tbsp)
  • salt to taste


  1. Spiralize the zucchini and place it in a large bowl.
  2. Add the remaining prepared ingredients and mix very thoroughly. Serve cold as a side salad!


*In the spirit of full disclosure, any link marked with a * indicates an affiliate link, which I will get a small commission from if you choose to buy it. It does not cost any more for you and it helps me to keep this site running! I only link to products I truly love and would never endorse something that I don’t think my readers would appreciate. Thank you for the support.*

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