Simple Butternut Squash Soup

This is a thick, rich fall feels soup has tons of flavour. Something I put together with things I had on hand. Super easy and quick to make. My kids enjoy this soup with a nice crusty loaf of bread for dipping. 


Prep time 25 minutes

Cooking time 45 minutes


What you will need:

I tbs butter, ghee or olive oil 

1 medium sized carrot diced

1 medium sized onion diced 

1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed. 

3-4 cups of broth (900ml) (veggie, chicken or beef) use what you have or prefer. 

Salt and pepper to taste 
▫️Preheat oven to 400F, place squash cut side down on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil (or oil of your choice). Roast till tender, approx 40 minutes. 

(If you are tight for time, you can skip the above and just cube the squash and add it directly into the pot to cook down with the carrot and onion)

▫️ On medium heat, melt butter in a large pot, cook onion and carrot for 5 minutes. 

▫️Add broth, roasted squash, salt and pepper, simmer on medium to low heat for 30-40 minutes (once carrots are soft)

▫️Transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to get your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

DELICIOUS !!

Simple Tomato Sauce

This recipe is our family go to. Clean ingredients and can be served as is or with ground beef or meatballs.


Simple and clean ingredients


What you will need-

Blender, food processor or a hand held blender can work too

2 cans of whole tomato(796 ml or 28 oz)

3 cups of fresh baby spinach, chopped small

2 small onions diced

4 cloves of garlic, sliced

2 tbs dry basil

1 tbs dry parsley

3 tbs olive oil

Salt and pepper for taste (about 2 tsp each)
Add olive oil to a deep pot and heat. Add onion and garlic and cook till softened, approximately 5 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the spinach and simmer on low to medium heat for 30+ minutes.


If I’m home all day, I’ll get this going early and let simmer for a couple hours stirring every 15 minutes with a little added water. If I’m short on time, I’ll simmer for 30 then process in my blender.

Before I add the sauce to my blender, I measure out 1-2 cups of the chunky sauce and set it aside to add back in later (I do this to add some extra texture to the blended sauce)  Blend the sauce till smooth or less chunky.


Once blended, put back in the deep pot with that chuncky sauce that you had put aside.

Add baby spinach and simmer till the spinach is soft and a little “lost” in the sauce.

If your kids don’t like the sight of green stuff, you can add the spinach in the beginning and process in the blender with the sauce so it appears to not even be there !

Enjoy!

My Journey

Before and during
Fitness goals evolve over time. Mine look different than they did when I started in 2014.

Before finding my fitness routine, I felt tired, unattractive and frumpy and grumpy. I just wanted to fit in my clothes, not take hours to choose an outfit and stop feeling so down all the time. I wanted to look good, feel energetic again and stop hiding behind layers of clothes.I really needed to lose some weight that I had gained after having two gorgeous babies.

Not sleeping well for years, not paying attention to what I was feeding myself and being inactive created a woman I didn’t recognize. I was just too tired to care and it spiraled into me just not feeling like me anymore.

Before and during (1 year later)
Early in 2014 I saw this advertisement for a 90-day challenge on my Facebook page. It was a free 90-day workout plan that I would actively do with a community of moms that were feeling like me. It’s called Bikini Body Mommy, and I’m sure you’ve heard of it! It was starting that upcoming Monday so I got myself all pumped to start.

I opened up an Instagram account and searched for Brianna, the lead of the challenge. I started to follow many of the moms that were also doing the challenge – some of us still keep each other accountable to this day. The accountability with the Bikini Body Mommy community was so powerful!

My workout space was my bedroom, I had some hand weights and I killed that challenge man, KILLED it. For 20 minutes a day for 90 days! I lost my first 15 pounds, I was hooked.  I continued with Brianna’s next 90-day challenge and lost another 5 solid pounds, 20 in total.

I started to look around for something new and more challenging, I found Fitness Blender. Oh man, I was terrified and excited to try something new, but heck, I was in my own house with no onlookers, I can do anything! Fitness Blender gave me all new stuff to work with. Guys, they are such a motivating and real couple to workout with! Their website and YouTube channel is filled with FREE at home workouts of all kinds and very user friendly. They offer everything from low impact, boxing, HIIT, strength training and so much more. I can’t tell you how much they have changed my life.

I used their free programs for about a year and bought my first 8 week program for $10!!!!! TEN BUCKS for such an amazing 8 week program that I own and can do over and over again. (I now own 5 of their programs). They have several programs you can buy and they are all amazing! Or use their free ones!

You can build your very own monthly workout by using their website calendar all for FREE.

Fitness Blender Calendar

If you are looking to start something and unsure of where to begin, start with Fitness Blender and work out in your own home. All you need is some weights and some dedication. Results take time, so just keep at it.

My new home gym space
Cross training  with Fitness Blender  and my running has been the best thing for me. Having the at-home workouts and running gives me a ton of flexibility, which is important to a busy stay-at-home mom.

Now that I’ve lost most of the weight that I set out to lose, I often get asked what my next goal is. To be honest, I don’t have any set goals. Ideally, I just want to fit into the clothes that are in my closet, I want to be strong and run long distances without injuries and create a healthy home. I want my kids to see and learn from me. And above all, I don’t want to go back to being that depressed mom.


In all, it makes me a better person, a friend, a better mom and wife.

Fitness is health! Find what you love and go with it.

This is living.

Kelly