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Get Ready to Drool Over This Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE fan of soups for dinner. Why? Because they are filling, you can throw just about anything into them, and they are typically pretty cheap to create. If you’re looking for a delicious, and drool-worthy soup, you simply must try this Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula.

Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula

This satisfying minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available.

Tip: For best results, cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 50-55 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 28-oz. can petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 c. organic vegetable broth*
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped (or 1 t. dried)
  • 1 T. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 t. dried)
  • 1 T. fresh oregano leaves (or 1 t. dried)
  • ½ T. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: 3” Parmesan cheese rind
  • 2 c. Fusilli pasta
  • 2 c. fresh green beans, cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 c. fresh arugula

Optional Garnish:

  • ¼ c. fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese* Use additional vegetable broth to reach desired consistency, if needed

 

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or just until garlic starts to turn golden brown.

  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are soft and tender.

  3. Add diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, 4 cups vegetable broth, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to pot and stir to combine. Add Parmesan cheese rind, if desired, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.

  1. While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining pasta. Rinse pasta and transfer to a medium bowl and toss with remaining olive oil. Cover and set aside.

  2. Remove cover from pot or Dutch oven and add green beans and the reserved pasta cooking liquid. Stir to combine and continue cooking, uncovered, another 20-25 minutes or until green beans are crisp tender.

  3. Add arugula and additional vegetable broth, if needed, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until arugula begins to wilt.

  4. To serve, divide cooked pasta among individual serving bowls and top with hot soup. Top with chopped parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with crusty bread and/or a crisp, green side salad for a hearty meal. Enjoy!

If you're looking for a delicious, and drool-worthy soup, you simply must try this Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula. 

Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain and Grupo Niche to Kickoff the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

This weekend the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival begins and I just learned some more exciting news about their kickoff weekend! Check out the notice they just sent me below the image!

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Chart-topping artists Sister Hazel and Edwin McCain, and Latin sensation Grupo Niche will take the stage this weekend at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s fourth annual Food & Wine Festival.

The festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays March 3 through April 29. Concerts are included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission.

Sister Hazel – Saturday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m., Gwazi Park

Originally from the sunshine state, Sister Hazel has been considered “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years.” The five gifted and seasonal musicians exude natural talent and charisma with their chart-topping hits “All for You” and “Lighter in the Dark” earning them multiple spots on Billboard charts. Along with being outstanding musicians, the band hosts annual philanthropic events like “Hazelnut Hang” and gives back with Lyrics for Life benefiting cancer research and patient-care. Don’t miss out on celebrating with Sister Hazel here at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Edwin McCain– Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m., Gwazi Park

Proclaimed the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has swept the nation with over 20 years of pop music and endless touring. His love ballads and genuine personality makes concerts feel more like nonstop parties. With classic hits like “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More”, McCain has proved time and time again that he is truly a one-of-a-kind performer.

Grupo Niche – Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m., Gwazi Park

Join us as we welcome the salsa sensation, Group Niche, to this year’s Food and Wine Festival! Residing in eccentric country of Colombia, this group has taken Latin America by storm with its Latin flares and outstanding performances.

SPECIAL PACKAGES:

  • Food, Wine & Brew Sampler – Guests with exclusive interests in culinary offerings can purchase a Food & Wine sampler that includes any samples of choice throughout the Festival. Samplers are available in quantities of five, eight or twelve and start at $29.99. New this year, a Pass Member exclusive 15-item Sampler is available for the same price as a 12-item Sampler.https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/upgrades/sampler-lanyard/

  • Wine, Bourbon and Tequila by the Bottle – Guests can take home a part of the Food & Wine Festival with wine, bourbon and tequila available for purchase by the bottle at the Xcursions gift shop.

BEST VALUES FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS:

  •  For a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE! Experience both parks through 2018 for the price of one.

  • For those wishing for more VIP offerings, the Annual Pass includes unlimited admission for 12 months, free parking, no blockout dates, in-park discounts and other benefits, valued at more than $350. With EZpay, Annual Passes start at just $14 per month for one park, and $16 per month for both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island

The Festival features all-new twists on cuisine at 13 culinary cabins, along with favorites like mango shrimp ceviche and beef brisket on a spiced corn waffle. Experience bold new eats at the Savory Tavern with fried frog legs with bacon corn fritters, or indulge in flavorful treats at Artisan Eats with beloved dish duck fat truffle fries and then spice it up with tostones rellenos de pollo at Comfort Kitchen.  Opt for lobster tart with leeks and Swiss cheese or mushroom vol-au-vent at the Light Fare Canteen, or relish in the robust flavors at Chef’s Plantation with salmon cake with lemon aioli, Korean-style ribs and all-new short rib and brie grilled cheese.  Guests can elevate the Food and Wine Festival experience even more by sipping a carefully curated selection of fine bourbons and new tequila tastings.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from March 3 through April 29 and is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardens.com/tampa/blog, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat.

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. Visit AdventureIsland.com or Busch Gardens.com.

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Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 2

Best Game Day Dip Recipes Part 2
Sweet Potato Lentil Hummus + A Vegan Mezze
Obatzda: A Creamy Bavarian Cheese Dip | Foodal
Easy Black Bean Dip
Homemade Spinach Hummus Without Tahini
Fajita Chicken Cream Cheese Dip – The Weary Chef
Host a Home Bowl: Big Game bingo and chili cheese dog dip! – Mod Podge Rocks
Vegan Nachos with Mock Meat and Guacamole – Avocado Pesto
Makeover Spinach and Artichoke Dip | The Foodie and The Fix
Cheesy Buffalo Shrimp Dip
Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Crock Pot White Cheddar Cheese Queso
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Beer Cheese Dip Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders with Ranch Dip
Soda Bar and Taco Dip- Game Day Greats
Dill Dip with Rye Bread
Bacon Artichoke Dip
Cheesy Artichoke Dip Variations
21 Day Fix Homemade Roasted Salsa Verde
Gameday Recipe Football Bean Dip Cups – Kat Balog

When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip – Game Day Dip Recipes Part 1

When I Dip You Dip We Dip – Super Bowl Dip Recipes Part 1
Easy Guacamole Recipe – Best Ever Authentic Mexican Restaurant-Style!
Beefy Taco Dip
Creamy Collard Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip
Lemon Garlic Hummus
White Bean Garlic Hummus
Fruit Dip
Baked Vidalia Onion Parmesan Dip
Creamy Black Bean and Corn Dip
Hot Beef Dip
Quick and Healthy Mediterranean Dip
Homemade Restaurant Salsa
Healthy Taco Dip with Greek Yogurt
3 Easy Party Dip Recipes
Smooth and Creamy Hummus
Easiest Veggie Dip Ever
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
6 Ingredient Taco Dip
White Queso Dip
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
7 Layer Dip Cups
Chili Queso Dip Recipe
Creamy Pickle Dip

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day

Sandwiches and Handhelds Perfect for Game Day
Pigs in a Blanket with Hot Dogs
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets
Ham and Swiss Sliders
Pulled Pork Mini Tacos with Spicy Sweet Soy Glaze & Apple Carrot Slaw | Feast…
Baked Mini Shrimp Tacos
Spicy Pepper Jack Cheeseburgers – Momma Young at Home
Italian Meatball Subs
Cheesy Beer Brats with Fried Pickles
Pretzel Hot Dog
Juicy Oven Baked Burger Sliders Recipe
Game Day Mini’s: Recipes Perfect for the Big Game
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Chicken Wings for Super Bowl – A Recipe Roundup

Chicken Wings for Super Bowl – A Recipe Roundup
Glazed Chicken Wings
Thai Peanut Chicken Wings Appetizer
Tandoori Chicken Wings
Spicy Thai Red Curry Chicken Drumsticks
Honey Chipotle Wings Recipe
Jerk Chicken Wings
Baked Curry Chicken Wings with Mango Chutney
Irresistible Moroccan Lemon Wings | Foodal
Low Carb Crispy Baked Teriyaki Wings
Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Wings – Beauty and the Bench Press
Air Fried Buffalo Chicken Strips: Healthy Comfort Food – Beauty and the Bench…
Honey Sriracha Wings Recipe
Spicy Peach Chicken Wings
Restaurant Style Buffalo Wings
Grilled Buffalo Wings
Asian-Style Sticky Ginger Grilled Wings

Super Bowl Snacks Part 2

Super Bowl 2018 is fast approaching! Yesterday I posted 29 snacks perfect for game day, and today I’m back with part two of my recipe round up from my bloggy friends. They just have the best food ideas EVER, don’t you agree? Check them out below, and then let me know your favorite Game Day bites!

Super Bowl Snacks – Part 2

Bacon Wrapped Apricots
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer
Baba Ganoush Recipe | What To Buy, Cook, Use
Cucumber Salmon Appetizer | Healthy And Delicious Recipes
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish
Cajun Red Beans and Andouille Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesy Pumpkin Beer Soft Pretzel Twists | Feast In Thyme
The Best Tex-Mex Arrachera Fajita Recipe | Foodal
Eat Cochinita Pibil Once and You’ll Never Make Regular Pulled Pork Again
Oven Fried Garlic Parmesan Shrimp | Beauty and the Foodie
Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos
Bacon bites recipe
Sloppy joe bread bowls
Methi Jeera Puffs | Cumin Fenugreek Puffs – LET’S COOK HEALTHY…
Ultimate Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages – The Weary Chef
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites – The Weary Chef
Quick Mexican Tuna Salad & Avocado Bowl Recipe {GF, DF}
21 Day Fix Mole Chicken Chili | The Foodie and The Fix
How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn {5 Ways}! | The Foodie and…
Game Day Recipes: Nacho Bites
Fried Pickles with Sriracha Ketchup
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nachos
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe- Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites Copycat Recipe
Taco Salad With Doritos
Chili Cheese Cups — A Leftover Chili Recipe!
(ad) Tyson® Game Day Recipes at Sam’s Club
Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Cornbread Cups
30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chili Recipe
Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Recipe

How to Throw a Super Game Day Party

How to Throw the Perfect Game Day Party
DIY Football Lovers Gift Basket
Game Day Party & Printable Football Themed Invitations -…
Host a Home Bowl: tips for the perfect tailgate! – Mod Podge Rocks
Host a Home Bowl: have an “ugly sweater” football party! – Mod Podge…
Frozen Strawberry Mango Margarita
Football Brownies and Football Drinks
Football Rice Krispie Treats
Striped Chocolate Popcorn
Misty’s Maui Mai Tais
Mezcal Margarita – Refined Sugar-Free
Brown Butter Pretzel Peanut Butter Cup Blondies
Host a Home Bowl for the kids: football centerpiece and chocolate dip! – Mod…
Auntie Anne’s CopyCat Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
Touchdown Cocktail and Free Football Printable – Two Kids and a Coupon
Recipe: Nutter Butter Football Cookies | All Mommy Wants
The Ultimate Squeez Bowl Party Kit
Tailgate Cupcakes

Meatballs 10 Ways – Just in Time for Super Bowl

I LOVE meatballs! Like a LOT! It’s by far my favorite party food, and the first thing I look for at any get together because:
1. They are hard to screw up and
2. There are so many different flavors you can create with them!

That’s why I was stoked to find these 10 meatball recipes. Enjoy!

Enter to win a Veggie Wash Prize Pack! 10/27-10/31

Hey there pals and gals! I’m so excited to announce that my friends at Veggie Wash have teamed up with me to host another giveaway. This time we’re giving away 2 bottles of Veggie Wash and a $35 Amazon Gift Card  In full FTC disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Veggie Wash, and there are Amazon affiliate links within the post.

Veggie Wash Prize Pack Giveaway
October 27-31, 2017
Open to US Residents

I have been a brand ambassador for Veggie Wash for three months now, and as I’ve learned more about the product, I’m an even bigger fan of it. In fact, I am now a firm believer that everyone needs a fruit and vegetable wash in the pantry for all of their produce.

Here’s the thing – when you buy produce at a farmer’s market, a Whole Foods or even just your favorite retailer, at a minimum there’s at least a dozen finger prints on the food you’re buying. Veggie Wash takes all those prints away, and more! Washing with water is not enough! If you’re into eating healthy, you can’t forget to clean your produce the right way!

Clean Produce is Better Produce

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Organized by  FAMOUS ASHLEY GRANT

Why do you need Veggie Wash? Pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are specifically engineered to be “waterproof” so they are not washed off by rain and irrigation. Many fruits and vegetables (grapes, apples, cucumbers, etc.) are also coated in wax to preserve the quality and appearance of the produce from the fields to your kitchen table. In addition to agricultural chemicals and other residues, 20 or more strangers may have handled your fruit or vegetable before you put it in your mouth.

Veggie Wash safely and effectively removes wax, soil, and agricultural chemicals found on standard and organic produce. It cuts through wax and chemicals to leave fruits and vegetables truly, safely clean. What’s more, Veggie Wash uses ingredients from citrus, corn, and coconut, to remove harmful surfaces.

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