Episode 019: Vegetable Soup, Mantras & Goal Setting

Today’s episode is all about goals! Over a hot bowl of hearty, vegetable soup, we chat all about how we make (and keep) goals in life and our plans for the new year. We think a big pot of veggie soup is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Get Rachel’s easy, peasy recipe below.

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Also in conversation, we talk about how the brain is wired to help you achieve your goals, share with you a review of our own personal goals for the past and upcoming year, and discuss how you can still be productive even while living a totally goal-less life. (Hint: goal-less but not direction-less!)

Things we discussed in this episode:

Rachel’s favorite 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s

The Get To Work Book

The Minimalists:
100 Days With No Goals

Facts About the Brain:
Goal Band – Facts About Goals and Their Achievement
Psychology Today – 10 Things You Should Know About Goals

Elise Cripe on Goals:
Why I Set Goals
Making (and Reaching) Goals
Productivity and Goal Setting

Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  4. 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  5. 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 2 cups red skin potatoes, diced (I like the skin on!)
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  9. 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  10. 2 teaspoons 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe's (or an Italian spice blend would work great too)
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
  13. 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  14. 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  15. 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  16. 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, seasoning blend, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high and add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans. Reduce to a simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Throw lemon juice in at the end and stir in.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired. I really like Trader Joe's Three Cheese Blend on top with additional ground pepper!
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
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Episode 012: Baked Oatmeal and Creamy Eggs, Narcolepsy & Sleep

Today’s episode is all about one of our favorite topics, SLEEP! Did you know that sleep takes up about 33% of your life? Crazy, right? We chat how important sleep is for your health, how much you should get, and give you the cold, hard truth about eating late at night. We also discuss what keeps us awake at night, and get real about a sleep condition that affects 1 in 2,000 people, including one of us… Tune in to find out!

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We also share two breakfast recipes (we love a good theme) from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want To Eat. Save yourself some sorrow and go get her cookbook ASAP. All the recipes are great. She’s great. You’ll feel great for cooking out of it every damn day of your life. P.S Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipes!

Other things we discussed in the show:

Find out what the heck sleep even is HERE.

Find out the right sleep time duration recommendation for your age HERE, via The Nation Sleep Foundation

Learn more about the effects of eating late at night HERE, via The Washington Post.

A great memoir about narcolepsy HERE, which we mentioned in the show!

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Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, melted, plus softened butter for greasing the dish
  2. 5 cups whole milk
  3. 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  4. 2 cups yellow cake mix (from a box mix)
  5. 4 large eggs, beaten
  6. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  7. 1 1/2 cups raspberries (about 6 ounces)
  8. 1 large or 2 small ripe peaches, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease a 10 × 12-inch baking dish with butter. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk and oats and microwave on high, stopping once to stir, 5 to 6 minutes. Let the oatmeal sit on the counter to thicken for 10 minutes, but not longer if possible because you want the oatmeal to finish doing its thing in the oven.
  3. Stir the cake mix into the cooked oatmeal until smooth, then mix in the eggs, melted butter, and salt.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish, then scatter the berries and peaches on top. Bake until the center is just set and seems almost undercooked, 30 to 35 minutes. (It will jiggle a little, and when you spoon into the cake, it may separate into 2 layers: a cakey, custardy layer and an oatmealy layer. This is actual magic.)
  5. Spoon into bowls and serve warm.
Notes
  1. I baked this oatmeal for about 20 additional minutes! Wasn't as custardy as described, but did taste more like cake. I also forgot to add the melted butter, so that could've thrown everything off...don't be like me. Remember the butter!
Adapted from Cravings: Recipes for All The Food You Want to Eat
Adapted from Cravings: Recipes for All The Food You Want to Eat
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Cheesy Cheeseless Scrambled Eggs with Burst Cherry Tomatoes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the eggs
  1. 12 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  4. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  5. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  6. 3 Tablespoons butter
For the tomatoes
  1. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 3 cups cherry tomatoes (about 1 pound)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. For the eggs: In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper until they look like melted ice cream. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil and butter over low heat until the butter is melted but not super hot. You will get the urge to bump up the heat, but don't do it! Add the eggs and cook, stirring consistently, until the eggs are custardy with small curds, 12-14 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. For the tomatoes: During the last 10 minutes of egg cooking time, heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat until really hot. Add the oil and swirl it around, then add the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let the tomatoes cook, tossing every couple of minutes, until they're blackened, burst, and shriveled, 5 to 6 minutes total.
Notes
  1. Don't let the oil get too hot otherwise you'll smoke and not blacken the tomatoes, like I did! Keep an eye on your skillet.
Adapted from Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
Adapted from Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
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