Light Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup

Sweaters. Crunchy Leaves. Scarves. Crisp Mornings. Boots. Pumpkin Flavored Everything. These are a few of my favorite things about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about everything I love about this time of year. There’s nothing better than going for a long walk to enjoy the fall colors and coming home to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Except snuggling up with a warm bowl of soup.

Soup is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, I used to ask for soup for lunch every day- even during the summer. My mom worried terribly about my sodium intake and couldn’t believe how many cans of soup her daughter went through over summer vacation. While I’ve curbed my soup addiction, all I want to eat on these crisp fall days is a nice, warm bowl of soup!

Even though soup is one of my favorite foods, I often avoid ordering it at restaurants because they can be greasy and loaded with sodium. Italian wedding soup is often one of the worst offenders, with a greasy broth and lots of mini meatballs and little pasta noodles. But it’s still so delicious! I found myself craving Italian wedding soup last week, and was determined to make my own lighter version.

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Fruit Bars

fruitbars - 12txtIt’s hard to believe that it is already the end of August and summer is almost over. We’ve been making these fruit bars all summer, and I’m so excited to share the recipe with you! It’s been a hot summer. We’re lucky enough to have air conditioning in our home, but we spent much of our summer soaking up the sun in the backyard.  Even in the shade, the heat and humidity can be overwhelming. Oh the joys of Minnesota summers!

Fruit Bars

These fruit bars are so refreshing! Nothing beats an ice-cold popsicle on a warm summer’s day. Fruit bars are the perfect healthy summer treat- refreshing and cool, and sweet and satisfying. We always keep a batch of fruit bars in the freezer for warm summer evenings.

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Baked Apples

Baked Apples
I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, and one of the first things to go was dessert. Unfortunately, my sweet tooth didn’t get the memo. I’ve been craving sweets and looking for some healthy alternatives. Being on any sort of restricting diet is hard for me to begin with (I have almost no self-control when it comes to food), but it’s especially hard when I’m trying to create new recipes for the blog. I hate trying to figure out what I can and cannot eat, instead of being creative and experimenting in the kitchen. To change things up, and satisfy my sweet tooth, I decided to try to recreate one of my favorite desserts, all while following the “rules” to the letter.
Apple Crisp. It’s one of my favorite fall desserts, and the basic components are pretty healthy: apples, oats, spices. What isn’t so healthy is everything else that gets added: butter, sugar, ice cream, caramel. Could apple crisp still be delicious without all those extras?

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