A day for soup

Today was rainy.  And cold.  And gross.

You know what that means!  It was also a day for soup!

I’ve only recently discovered a love of soup.  It coincided with my discovery of how easy it is to make soup.  Soup from a can just cannot measure up!

If you’ve looked at my “Recipes” page, you can tell I’ve been experimenting with soup recipes.

Tonight, I made another winner.

And ate it in a Panera bread bowl.  Mmm…


Loosely based off of this recipe from Cooking Light, I present to you:

Spicy Corn Chowder


  • 1 T. butter
  • 16 oz. frozen corn kernels
  • 32 oz. vegetable broth
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 4 oz. neufchatel cheese (cream cheese works, too)
  • 5 Hungarian wax peppers, or other hot peppers of your choosing
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Roast whole peppers in oven at 425 degrees for 12 minutes, turning halfway through.  Set aside.
  2. When the peppers are cool enough to handle, cut off the tops and remove the seeds.  Chop peppers into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the corn, stock, buttermilk, and cornstarch.
  4. Bring to a boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the neufchatel cheese, peppers, salt and pepper.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Stir until the neufchatel has completely melted.
  6. Enjoy!



October 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm 5 comments

Free Bread!

Sorry about my lack of post last night; it was a busy day and I was sleepy!  So here’s a quick recap.  The more exciting stuff is further down 🙂

Yesterday’s Eats:

I was super-hungry all day, and I’m not quite sure why…


Granola, berries, and peach Chobani

AB & Preserves on a Sandwich Thins (smushed = unpictured)



Carrots & Hummus


Chin’s (SWE Meeting)

Plus, more Tomato Basil Bread from Panera than I care to admit, and Pita Chips & Hummus.

Yesterday’s Workouts:

Push-ups, upper body strength training, and some “back to basics” Pilates. I don’t know why I don’t do strength training more; I feel so strong and happy afterwards!

I tried to do a few squats and lunges, but my IT band wasn’t having any of it!

Today’s Eats:

Green Monster


IMG_3622Pumpkin Oats topped with Apple Crisp.

Free Bread!

The SWE Blood Drive was yesterday.  I’m not eligible to donate for awhile because of my trip to the Dominican Republic in March.

It also doesn’t help that I’ve passed out at little blood tests.

It also doesn’t help that hearing people talk about the blood donation process makes me feel woozy.

All that aside, I can help get rid of our extra post-donation snacks leftovers.

Welcome to my home, Tomato Basil bread and Sourdough bread bowls from Panera.

And congratulations Kristine, for holding a Blood Drive so successful, we actually had to turn people away.

Check back later today for a chowder recipe and my BSI submission!


October 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Jazzed-Up Mac & Cheese and Apple Crisp

I had so many ideas for dinner swirling around in my head last night.  In the end, I decided to use up some leftovers before I cooked any new dishes.  With Dan out of town the past few days, our fridge was full of leftovers.  He’s back now, so I’m guessing those will disappear soon. 😉

To start, I roasted the rest of my brussels sprouts. Rather than making them fancy with maple syrup or chai tea, I simply tossed them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.

IMG_3610I’m definitely picking up more brussels sprouts at the Farmer’s Market this weekend!

There was 2/3 of mac ‘n’ cheese from the other night in the fridge, but eating it plain didn’t sound appealing.  So I jazzed it up!


Jazzed-Up Mac ‘n’ Cheese


  • 1/3 box of mac ‘n’ cheese
  • 1/2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 T. asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 T. white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
  • Lots and lots of oregano

Instructions: Mix and microwave.  It is that simple.  And it tastes pretty gourmet for a dish with a boxed mix as its base!

I have been meaning to clean the apartment for ages, but keep putting it off.  I’ve been so busy that when I finally have some free time, I’d rather spend it relaxing than cleaning.  Last night was finally the night to catch up.  And catch up I did!

Check it out:

  • Took all the burners off the stove and clean them.
  • Clean the rest of the stove.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Run the dishwasher.
  • Clean the kitchen counter.
  • Clean the bathroom.
  • Organize my desk.
  • Re-organize the kitchen.
  • Clean the kitchen table.
  • Put away all laundry.

Tonight, I’m cleaning the rest of the living room & vacuuming, and I will have cleaned the entire apartment!  Between Dan and I, he is definitely the cleaner one.  He’s quite proud of my cleaning job this week. 🙂

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I bought almost 20 pounds of apples.  About 10 apples were left, and they were at that point where they were too soft to eat plain, but not mealy.  Naturally, I didn’t want to throw them away, so I made an apple crisp!

IMG_3613Apple Crisp:


  • About 4 cups of apples, sliced thinly
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. raw sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread apple slices in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix the oats, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and raw sugar.
  4. Mix the butter into the bowl until coarse crumbs form.
  5. Pour the oats mixture over the apples.
  6. Drizzle with maple syrup, and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

This apple crisp is Amazing!  Using the graham crackers in addition to the oats made such a difference.

I had mine a la mode with a little chocolate frozen yogurt.  I may or may not have gone back for seconds… 😉

Oh, and as far as workouts go, I did 10 pushups last night.

This morning

I’ll make this quick, since this post is getting lengthy!


Same green monster as yesterday.

1/2 c. Kashi Go Lean Crunch with skim milk.


How do YOU “jazz up” your leftovers?

October 28, 2009 at 9:59 am 5 comments

Coming Soon: Two New Recipes :)

I made jazzed up mac and cheese and apple crisp tonight.  Check back in the morning for recipes!

October 27, 2009 at 11:17 pm

What Do You Think?

Before I get into today’s post, here’s a quick catch up.


IMG_3601I had a headache last night, which always makes me nauseated.  So breakfast was quick and simple, though filling.  Kashi GoLean Crunch, vanilla soy milk, raspberries, and almond butter.

IMG_3602No, that’s not more Hallowine!  I know better than to drink alcohol when I already have a headache. 😉  It is warm apple cider from the Farmer’s Market.  I put it in a wine glass because it was more fun that way, and it made me smile.

Eight push-ups. Since today was a rest day, I just did the push-ups and walked to classes, which added up to about 3 miles. (Please note:  I am not including my walks to/from class in my training schedule.  I am only listing what exercise I do beyond that.  So if my Training page looks empty on rest days, rest assured that I am still being active. 🙂 )


IMG_3604A “Green” Monster. I mixed 2 handfuls of spinach, frozen strawberries, half of a Tera’s Whey protein powder packet, apple cider, and milk.  It made two servings, so my breakfast for tomorrow is already made! I think I was really thrown off by waiting so long to eat breakfast yesterday, so I’ll be avoiding that mistake in the future for sure.

A pear (unpictured). Half of a brownie may have found its way into my mouth as well… no idea how 😉


In honor of the fact that my Acorn Squash & Apple Pizza won last week’s BSI contest, I used the rest of the fruit/veggie toppings with some goat cheese to make my wrap:

IMG_3606And paired it with an Endure Glo-Bar!


What Do You Think?

I need YOUR opinions on two things!!

1.  I’m thinking of making Savvy Eats self-hosted.  Which Web Host should I use, if I want to stick with WordPress?

2.  What do you think of the new theme?  While I loved the previous Savvy Eats theme, I changed it so that you could see my picture, Foodbuzz Badge and Foodbuzz ad without having to scroll down.


October 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm 1 comment

(Almost Vegan) Pumpkin Fudge Brownies

As promised, here is the recipe for those delicious pumpkin brownies I made last night.  They paired wonderfully with a warm glass of Hallowine. 😉

These brownies are rich, so just a small piece will likely satisfy you.  The pumpkin and cinnamon add a creamy, festive flavor.

Without further ado….

(Almost Vegan) Pumpkin Fudge Brownies


  • 1/3 c. no-sugar-added applesauce
  • 2/3 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. honey.  To make it vegan, replace with granulated sugar or brown rice syrup.
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. cocoa.  I used 2/3 Dutch process cocoa powder, and 1/3 regular cocoa powder.
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate “chips.”  I used chopped Candy Cane Kisses to give the brownies a festive color.  Use non-dairy chocolate or carob chips for a vegan recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients together.
  3. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.  Stir until well-blended.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter into a greased pan, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.

IMG_3592Look at that delicious-ness. Who would guess that such a rich and fudgy brownie was so easy to make?



October 26, 2009 at 4:57 pm 4 comments

Change of Plans

Change of Plans: Food

Remember that lunch I was going to eat?  Chobani, berries and granola?

I didn’t eat that.

I wasn’t that hungry today, so I just ate my Glo Bar and honeycrisp apple.  I’m saving the Chobani for another day; it is the last one I have!

It is a cold and rainy day in Madison, so I heated up the last of my split pea soup. The hot and thick soup was exactly what I needed.

IMG_3598On the side, I had some carrots and pita chips with hummus.

IMG_3599Unfortunately, the carrots I bought at the Farmer’s Market are really soft, and I couldn’t bring myself to eat more than 1 1/2 of them.

I don’t know what to have for dinner.  This isn’t a problem of not having any ideas.  This is a problem of having too many ideas swirling in my head.  Check back later to see what I chose! 😉

Change of Plans: Work

Remember my posts about stress and priorities?

I thought I could handle everything on that list.  Recently, though, I’ve felt as if something had to go.

Before I tell you what I changed, I must share this:  I do not like being a quitter.  I do not like to give up on something just because it is hard or time-consuming.  This decision was made two days ago, and I still feel icky about it.  But, I know it was the right thing for me to do.

I am no longer an unpaid intern for MixMyGranola.  Such a long list of priorities meant I was spreading myself far too thin.  I don’t have the time that would be required for a successful internship.  After putting 4.5 years into getting my engineering degree, and 4 years into developing my leadership in SWE, I want to end my college career on a strong note, without sacrificing my relationships.  Trying to do both the unpaid internship and the Student Assistant job for the freshman engineering course, in addition to the blog, would not allow me to do this.

I hate that I had to make this decision, but I know in the end that it was the right thing to do.

October 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm 5 comments

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