Root Vegetable Bean Soup Recipe

If you follow me on facebook you may have seen the other day that I was making Root Vegetable Bean Soup. Here is the recipe that I promised. I had this soup a little over a week ago during conferences. It has become a tradition at my school for the PTO to bring in soup for the teachers on the first night of conferences. There are always plenty of delicious options and I usually sample a little bit of everything. This one had be going back for seconds though. My co-teacher Michelle saw it and said that “it sounds like something you would like.” Holy Buckets was she right! Here is the recipe. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of it when I made it because Zack and I both ate it so fast! 



Root Vegetable Bean Soup


1 c. diced celery

3 medium carrots-finely chopped

1 small chopped onion

2 cloves garlic-minced

2 tsp. Butter + a little olive oil

3-4 med. potatoes-peeled and sliced

2-3 parsnips-peeled and chopped

2-3 turnips-peeled and chopped (You can also add or substitute a rutabaga-I did one rutabaga and one turnip)

4 c. chicken broth (you may need a little more)

2 tsp. dill weed

1-15 oz. can Great Northern Beans (rinsed)

1 1/2 Tbsp. Flour

3/4 to 1 c. sour cream

1/8-1/4 tsp. Pepper


-In a stock pot over medium heat cook and stir celery, carrots, and onion in butter and oil until tender.

-Add garlic

-Stir in broth, dill weed, potatoes, parsnips, and turnips.

-Add Salt

-Heat to boiling at Med-High

-Reduce Heat and simmer covered for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 

-While the soup is simmering, in a small bowl mix together sour cream, flour, and pepper

-Add beans during last five minutes of simmering

-Add sour cream mixture at the end of cooking and stir until combined

-Add more salt if desired


Let me know if you make this and how you like it!



My fun filled weekend!

Valentines weekend and I have a love hate relationship. I hate that everything is overpriced and marked up but I love having an excuse to spend time with Zack and do something that we might not normally do. 

Being a teacher definitely helps on this holiday. It’s so much fun to watch the kids exchange valentines and get excited for treats and fun with their friends. 

This year, like most years, Zack and I decided that we wouldn’t exchange gifts. We usually try to do something with each other. I cheated on this aspect a little and got him something last minute. I also nominated myself as best wife ever for this gift. 


Beer (his second favorite he tells me) and Cheddar beef sticks

Zack and I love to cook together and have been wanting to make homemade pasta for a long time. Thanks to my wonderful mother in law we had a pasta roller and drying rack to use. I’ve been trying to avoid eating pasta but come on! Its Valentines Day! 

Our finished result was some delicious homemade fettucini with a homemade alfredo sauce. If you haven’t tried making your own pasta I would highly recommend it. The process is fun and fairly easy, though it does help to have two people doing it. The results are so delicious you will not be able to go back to boxed pasta again. 


Pasta drying

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the finished product because we were so excited to eat it!

I did it!



I finally did it. After talking with a few of my friends about food prep and reading a few other blogs about it, I finally did my first Sunday food prep for the week. So you may now be wondering what did I prep? Here’s the list

Put almond butter and garlic hummus in containers to go with snacks

cut up cucumbers and celery

made cauliflower fried “rice”

chicken is in the oven 

making quinoa for the quinoa cinnamon bake 

I usually eat an apple and almond butter each day BUT since apples usually go brown I wait until that morning to cut them up OR I bring my apple slicer to work and do it there. So there ya go! My first Sunday meal prep. My kitchen is a mess but I’m sure it will be worth it this week!

Yum! Protein Shake Recipe


I know this may not look like some extraordinary protein shake. But, trust me it is! I made one this morning and it was probably the best one I’ve ever made and I am going to be nice enough to share the recipe with you! 

I didn’t really measure things out and you can definitely add more or less of something if you want. I also thought this would be good with a little peanut butter added in. 


Cinnamon Banana Protein Shake

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana

Directions: Throw it all in the blender until it is all mixed. Enjoy! 


Do you have a protein shake that you made up and love?