Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Whirlwind Weekend!

It was a craaazy weekend!  My sister got married and my husband co-officiated the wedding, I was the matron-of-honor, both my daughters were flower girls and my oldest son the ring bearer.  The baby wasn't in the wedding, but have you ever been in a wedding with a nursing infant?  Just a wee bit tricky! 

Here are my husband and me the day of...almost a great picture.  Just a little out of focus, darn!  Oh well.  My daughter tried her best.

The day before the wedding, prior to the rehearsal, I had to whip up a quick lunch for my family.  Soup was in order!  In less than 30 minutes we were eating hamburger minestrone...quick, cheap, colorful, healthy, delish!  Recipe below...

Hamburger Minestrone
Serves 6.
$1.30 per serving.

1 lb ground beef
8-12 cups homemade beef broth (or, up to half can be water)
1 -28oz can diced tomatoes
1 lb carrots
1/3 lb small pasta, such as macaroni
2 celery stalks
1 onion
3 T olive oil, divided
2 T oregano
1 T basil
1 tsp garlic powder
salt, to taste

Drizzle 1T olive oil in the bottom of a dutch oven or soup pot and place over medium heat.  Add the ground beef and brown.  Meanwhile, dice the onion, celery and carrots.  When most of the pink is gone, add the onion, celery and carrots and saute for a few minutes until they just begin to soften.  Add 8 cups of broth and the tomatoes, and bring the soup to a boil. Skim off any foam.  Add the pasta, oregano, basil, garlic powder and remaining 2T of olive oil.  Simmer gently until the pasta is cooked (generally about 8 minutes).  Add additional broth/water as needed. Add salt to taste and serve.


  1. What a wonderful picture Christy! You look beautiful!

  2. Thanks, Susan! You're sweet! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have a potentially stupid question, but how do you make your own beef broth? Some recipes say it takes hours to make. Is it okay to use bouillon cubes or is that against the whole foods diet? New to this, sorry!

  4. Melissa, don't feel bad about ever asking a question. One of my points in writing this blog is to be a resource for people, especially those new to a whole foods diet. :) I do make my own beef and chicken broth. It is very, very nutritious for you! Bouillon cubes have a lot of chemicals and additives and lack the nutrition. Once you make your own broth, I think you'll be hooked--it's so flavorful. The good news is that making your own broth is super easy. Beef broth is made from just bones and water--for flavor, you can add a bay leaf, onion, carrot. Below is the link to where I wrote about making broth in the crockpot (or stovetop). Or you can also find the post by going to the label "recipes|soup."