Eat– for Good Health

In Southern California we’re having cold rain.  Yesterday, after swimming laps in gentle rain, I came home, showered and enjoyed making FALL BROTH WITH ACORN SQUASH, SWISS CHARD AND LEAN BACON.  This Italian-inspired soup contains 300 calories (with a small whole wheat roll) per serving with 15 grams protein.  Yes, you can enjoy ample food while getting skinny!  Ingredients:  1 acorn squash, a bunch of (about 12 oz) Swiss Chard, 6 slices turkey bacon cut into pieces and drained of all fat, 1 cup chopped green onion, 8 cups chicken broth, 1 cup bow tie whole wheat pasta, and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.  Directions:  Halve squash lengthwise with a large knife, scoop out and discard membranes and seeds.  Cut into 4 segments and remove outer peel.  Cut off and discard stalks from chard.  If ribs on leaves are more than a half inch thick, discard.  Coursely chop chard to yield about 4 loosely packed cups.  In a large pot over medium heat, saute bacon until crisp (3 – 4 minutes) and with a slotted spoon, drain on a paper towel. Add onion to pot that contains just a little grease; don’t we hate that word, but it adds flavor.  Saute until onion is soft and golden, about 3 minutes.  Add broth and bring to a simmer.  Add squash and cook six minutes: add pasta, cooking another four minutes, and finally add chard, cooking for an additional two minutes until chard is wilted.  Ladle into four bowls. Serve with Parmesan cheese, bacon bits, and salt and pepper.

13 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Welcome, Fall! I love seeing all the fall produce– pumpkins, acorns, berries, apples. We saw so much of this on our excursion last weekend. We’re having rain here, lots of it, but the sycamores and liquid ambers are turning color.

  2. Finally, I’m not yo-yo dieting. It really helps to visit your blog, Kathleen, and get ideas. Thanks for your book also. Is your daughter Janice doing okay with her weight? You mentioned in your book that both of you lost 20 pounds when writing Gold Standard of Thin.

  3. That’s absolutely terrific, Becky, that you are not yo-yoing. It’s a tough habit to break. Appreciate your asking about Janice– she still (and might always) puts effort into making intelligent food choices. At least four nights a week, she buys the turkey (light) multi-grain sandwich at Subway. Being a Sigma Kappa pledge and wanting to maintain her GPA, she’s too busy to cook much, but yesterday she told me she sauted chicken strips with a little honey mustard and served it over broccoli and brown rice. She has maintained her weight at 105 and is 5’2″.

  4. Janessa, our dear dog Daffodil (age 14) passed away last week. We’re sad, but Barkley is even sadder. He barks for her at night, and then whimpers when she doesn’t come. He’s small and she was big, but he was the alpha dog and bossed her around. Barkley is a couple years older, but our vet told me that smaller breeds live longer.

  5. We have, Janessa, but that isn’t always a solution. Do you know LuAnne on Timber Run? Her little dog Sammy is very old, and her daughter Gina brought home an adorable mixed-breed tan and black dog, Reggie. They don’t get along, but it might be because Reggie is young and Sammy is old. Also they are both males.

  6. This is a good time of year to adopt a shelter dog. In October more puppies wind up in shelters than any other time of year. If you want to see what dogs are available, just plug your zip code into and available pets will be displayed.

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