Tomato Minestrone with Garlic Bread Croutons

Starting with my workout update because it is less appealing than food.

Monday: I did Level 2 of 30 Day Shred but this time I used 5 lbs. weights for the strength portions, except for the last strength portion because my arms felt like they were mush.  It is now Thursday and my right bicep is just now to where I can straighten my arm without wincing.  Wow.

Now, on to the delicious minestrone! This is a Rachael Ray meal and it did not disappoint…except for the fact that it says “From: 30 Minute Meals.”  Well, this meal took us a lot longer than 30 minutes to make, mostly because of all the chopping involved.  We need a bigger cutting board for sure, or maybe we just need 2 so I can chop, too, because Brett is a fast chopper and it felt like it took FOREVER.

Tomato Minestrone with Garlic Bread Croutons (click for recipe)


Here’s a picture of the beautiful plethora of vegetables…

After the tomato was added…

And one picture with bread and one without.

The bread was SO good.  We used a French baguette because that’s what the store had, and I like French bread.  We had a long baguette, so we just cut it into 8 pieces, topped with the butter and garlic mixture, then browned it slightly under the broiler.  Then add the cheese and broil a few more minutes until melted.  NOM!  We had this meal for dinner, then Brett had it for breakfast the next morning and we both took some for lunch and there was still some soup left over.

I would make this dish again but would probably make it a weekend meal.  It was so very yummy, but with the chopping involved – definitely a Saturday or Sunday feat.

Next update, Weight Watchers Beef Orzo Soup!