Get You Some: Avgolemono Soup

I’ve been seeing a lot of recipes for a Greek version of chicken noodle soup: soupa avgolemono. Rather than noodles, it uses rice or orzo, and incorporates lemon and egg into the broth. I’ve been intrigued but hadn’t made it yet. After a crazy weekend of an overnight trip to Dallas to entertain clients, followed by a carb-a-thon (Oreo cheesecake!), football (go Falcons!), and tequila (shots are low carb, at least), I woke up feeling awful yesterday. I needed soup! But after my cheat weekend, I needed to get back on the low carb wagon.

I found this low carb version of avgolemono from one of my favorite low carb sites, I Breath I’m Hungry. It calls for spaghetti squash rather than rice, and sounded easy enough to make in my tiny hotel kitchen. I cooked the spaghetti squash in the microwave and used pre-made broth and a rotisserie chicken. I didn’t even have a whisk to froth the eggs and lemon, so I went old-school and used a fork.

Y’all, it was soooo good. It had all the yummy stuff of chicken noodle soup warm, hearty comfort) but the eggs made it so creamy, the lemon brightened it up, and the spaghetti squash was a damn fine substitute for noodles. And it really was easy to make! I think it could be adapted to various diets – keep it low-fat by using only white meat chicken; it’s already paleo; make it vegetarian by using veggie stock and adding other vegetables instead of the pulled chicken…

With fall here (officially now, so let’s stop it with these 90+ degree days – I’m looking at you, Texas!), I’m excited for soups and stews and chili (p.s. hands down best chili recipe ever here). This will be next up on the menu, and once we finally move into a real house, I can break out the slow cooker and experiment with my own recipes.

Do you have a favorite soup recipe? What are you craving now that the weather is starting to cool?

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Get You Some: OysterBooks.com

I am assuming, if you are reading blogs here on WordPress, that you enjoy reading. Personally, I tend to be reading two or three books at a time, plus whatever fun articles my friends are sending me, plus a bajillion different blogs. Oh, and magazines, as I have a little bit of a problem saying no when my niece is selling subscriptions for her school’s fundraiser.

I do enjoy reading real, live books – from the library, from my mom, from the rare occasion I purchase one from the store. I also enjoy getting books from Amazon on my Kindle app for my iPad and my Galaxy 5. The biggest issue I have with buying books is that I am a very, very fast reader. I hate spending $20 on a book that I’m going to finish in a couple of days. I also find myself slogging through not-very-enjoyable books just because I paid for them.

Because of this, I was so, so excited to discover OysterBooks.com (no affiliate link; I just love them). For $10 a month, you have access to hundreds of thousands of books for download. You also have the option to purchase newer books, should you so desire. I know Amazon Prime has a similar offering, but Amazon already gets enough of my $$$ (and my data!).

I’ve been very pleased with the selection and the app itself. Not only can I go back and forth between a few books at a time, I can also give up on books I’m just not that into. I can read what most fits my mood in the moment. Some books I’ve really enjoyed this summer include Holding Silvan (be prepared to cry your eyes out), You Are Dying and Your World is a Lie (actually a lot more fun than it sounds), and Left Neglected. There is a great selection of books for every category, and they offer tons of recommendations. I love this: 16 Books You Say You’ve Read (But Haven’t).

I also have a monthly membership to Audible.com, which covers one audio book each month. I’ve actually just suspended it, since I have a backlog of downloads to catch up on. I’m a faster reader than I am a listener, apparently. It’s linked with my Amazon wish list, which is convenient. I love listening to books on road trips and long runs, when reading an actual book is frowned upon.

What are you reading this summer? Do you like this type of subscription service?

Get You Some: PB2

This will be brief.

If you haven’t already, go buy yourself some PB2. It’s a game changer. It’s powdered peanut butter that you just add water back into when you’re ready to eat it. Why would you want to do that? Because it’s like ONE-FIFTH of the calories that the same amount of regular peanut butter is! Two tablespoons = 45 calories. And it’s good. I mean, I’m not going to pretend it’s exactly the same as a big ol’ spoonful of oily, crunchy peanut butter, but if you’re watching your caloric and/or fat intake, this is a GREAT substitute.

I can see it being awesome in smoothies, or making a runny version to put on plain Greek yogurt or lowfat ricotta cheese if you’re doing low carb. I’ve had it with an apple and with a banana and it was perfect. Apparently there is also a chocolate version, so I will be trying that next.

You should probably go get some right now to mix with syrup for your French toast this morning. You’re welcome.