To Do's

the to-do’s of January

Austin TX

A new year means a list of to-do’s.

1. Try a new dinner recipe

2. Get the apartment more organized

3. Read a new book

4. Take a relaxing bubble bath (or 2 or 3!)

5. Eat at a new restaurant in Austin

6. Start the switch to cruelty free makeup

7. Start baby shopping =)

What made your list this month?

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Zesty Mexican Soup!

I am always up to try a healthy recipe and when I found this mexican soup recipe on I thought it would be perfect for my family to try. It was pretty easy to make with the help of my hubby (he’s so much better at chopping things up than I am). The soup tasted fantastic and it is made from all natural ingredients. One serving has 62.9 % of the daily value of vitamin C, and 43.8% of the daily value of vitamin A. It also gave you high percentages of fiber, iron, and magnesium.

We are really bad at eating leftovers, so we froze the rest, and ended up popping them back out of the freezer a couple of days later, because we missed that taste (You will understand when you try it). I could swear it got better the second time around. :)

Prep and Cook Time: 40 minutes


1 med. onion, minced

4 med. onions, chopped

2 tbsp. red chili powder

3 cups and 1 tbsp. chicken or veggie broth

1 sm. to med. green bell pepper, diced into 1/4in. pieces

1 sm. zucchini, diced into 1/4 in. pieces

1 cup finely chopped collard greens

1 15oz. can (BPA free) black beans, rinsed

1 cup frozen yellow corn

1 4oz. can (BPA free) diced green chili

1 tsp.. dried oregano

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 cup chopped pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt and pepper to taste


1.) Heat 1 tbsp. broth in a medium soup pot. Healthy saute onion, garlic, and green peppers in broth over med. heat for about 5 min., stirring often.

2.) Add red chili powder and mix in well. Add broth and tomatoes. Cook for another 5 min. and add beans, corn, green, chili, oregano, and cumin

3.) Bring to a boil on high heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 10min. longer. (Simmering uncovered enhances the flavor.)

4.) Add zucchini and collard greens and cook for 5 more minutes. Add chopped cilantro, pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper.

1 serving= 1 cup

1 cup = 203 Calories

You may end up cooking some things longer depending on how tender you like your zucchini and greens. We also sprinkled ours with corn chips.

Please leave a comment and let me know how your experience was.

XO. Stay healthy!