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Turkey Veggie Barley Soup

If asked, I would say I’m not a soup person.

However, there are two soups I can’t get enough of and I’m sharing one today.

The funny thing is, I also consider myself a person who is not big on tomato-based recipes.  This is tomato-based soup, full of veggies, and so delicious I can’t get enough of it!

This Turkey Veggie Barley Soup is so easy, so healthy, and SO tasty!

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Smart Flour Gluten Free Pizza {my introduction to Ancient Grains}

I can’t believe it has been two full months since WOW Summit!  The holidays really make the time go fast!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this picture of our fun chance to taste-test the Smart Flour Foods Pizzas.  They were SO good!!  Gluten-free, ancient grains, and more minerals, vitamins and fiber than others around.  Yes please!

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Don’t they look delicious!? Does it bother you that I didn’t fix the pepperoni? It bugs my husband!

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International Chocolate Day {Balance Bar} Giveaway!

I’ve got another awesome giveaway for you!

I also have a giveaway going for Zevia going right now with 2 winners, and have just picked the winners for the Momentum Jewelry Giveaway to support Lupus and the AMRAP Bars.  Congrats to Raechel, Juliana, Dandi, and Julia! You will all be receiving emails!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all who donated to our Lupus team and helped spread the word about this relatively unknown disease!  

We completed our 5K today in honor of my cousin and the other touched by Lupus.  It is not too late if anyone would like to donate to this amazing cause!  Again, you have all touched me with what you are willing to give for a stranger.  Thank you!!

 Now, another giveaway!!

*It’s actually International Chocolate Day, but we’ll just ignore that on the graphic – oops…*
International Chocolate Day Balance Bar Giveaway!

Who is a chocolate lover???

It is a definite weakness of mine! I crave chocolate multiple times throughout the day… And don’t even get me started on bedtime!!

My biggest challenge is finding something to fulfill that chocolate craving by allowing me a decent quantity and a great chocolate taste.  Balance Bars have that and offer a 40-30-30 carb, protein, fat ratio that makes them a wonderful alternative to grabbing that candy bar.

How awesome is it that the folks at Balance Bar offered to give me and one of my readers a big ol’ pack of their best chocolatey flavors!?

They are so good! The Dark Chocolate Caramel Macchiato smells amazing the second you open the package, and the Dark Chocolate Crunch is perfect for satisfying those chocolate cravings!

Healthy option for chocolate cravings - balance bar

These flavors have been my go-to chocolate fixes, and I get to share them with you! The winner will get an amazing supply of Dark Chocolate Crunch and Dark chocolate Caramel Macchiato Balance Bars! Woohoo!

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Did you celebrate International Chocolate Day?? Is every day Choclate Day for you too?? 🙂

Black and White Bean Salad

This is one of my new healthy go-tos.

I found the recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook, and was excited to make it. Once I made it, I loved how easy it was, but I wasn’t thrilled with it as a plain salad. Now, let me say, I didn’t let it sit so the flavors can meld, which makes a huge difference!

What I did soon end up loving is that I could use it so many way! I basically turned it into a bean salsa by adding more tomatoes, and I haven’t looked back!

Best of all, it is so easy! Just mix the ingredients together, and use it to make recipes go a little further and taste a little better with something completely healthy.


1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small white onion, diced
3 tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together, let sit for about an hour, and eat!

If you look closely at the photos, you’ll notice I’m missing an ingredient or two.

First, the original recipe called for one celery stalk. I didn’t have one the first time I made it and didn’t miss it at all. This time, I had some in the fridge that I wanted to use up anyway, but I don’t think it added a thing to the flavor. It might taste pretty fresh in the original recipe that had only one tomato and was meant to be served as a cold salad, but it didn’t work when we used it to make flat bread pizzas.

Second, the original called for fresh parsley. I never have any fresh parsley on hand so I doubt I will be making a special purchase just to add some here. I did try some dried parsley mixed with the vinegar before I added the other ingredients, but I didn’t notice it and may just leave it out in the future. We do have an abundance of fresh chives if I want to keep that little bit if green color in there.

Like I said, we made flat bread pizzas with it today. Yum!! I placed a Flat Out Flat Wrap in the toaster oven on non-stick foil and let it crisp up a bit before adding about a cup of the salad and 1/4 cup of cheese. It took about five minutes for it to crisp up a and for the cheese to melt. Delicious! For the kids (and for myself when I want a smaller meal), I use the Hungry Girl Sandwich Folds. They are perfect for making two tiny pizzas for the kids.

Tonight we’re having tacos and I plan to fill mine up with this salad, a mix of ground turkey and lentils, a little avocado, and lettuce.

My husband and I were brainstorming about other recipes we could use this in and here’s what we came up with:

    • Flat bread pizzas
    • Tacos
    • Taco Salad
    • Burritos
    • Nachos
    • Omlette
    • Wraps

Ok, maybe we can’t think much past Mexican, but I’m sure there is a lot more. Anyone else have some ideas? I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this a lot and, at about 50 calories for 1/2 cup, I’d like to come up with more meals.

Ok, let’s just look at that awesome picture again and brainstorm about more meals we can make with this!

Kristin - Exploring Domesticity

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