On the search for tasty soft diet options! Carrot Soup with Orange and Tarragon

Since discovering that a family member needs soft foods for her diet, I am on a quest for nutritious and tasty options.

I always like to have a bag of carrots on hand to make my own soups and stew. Carrot soup blenderized is what was prepared this Saturday morning by my husband.

The following recipe is courtesy of “In my Kitchen”.

Carrot Soup with Orange and Tarragon
Yield: 4 servings

1 TBSP butter
1 lb. carrots, peeled and chopped into small chunks
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cups organic chicken broth
1/2 cup juice from freshly squeezed oranges
1 TBSP brandy (optional)
2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
salt and pepper
fresh tarragon sprigs for garnish

1. Melt butter in heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and the carrots and saute until onion is soft, 6-8 minutes. Add broth; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, uncover and simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
2. Puree soup smooth with an immersion blender or, working in batches, in your blender or food processor.

3. In pot, stir in orange juice, brandy and chopped tarragon. Simmer for 5 minutes more to blend flavors. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with tarragon sprigs.

Orzo pasta

I’m looking at nutrition content as well as ease of eating. Orzo can be stirred into soups or added to grilled vegetables.

Orzo is made of Semolina wheat. Because this pasta shape is so small, orzo dishes can be quite dense, as the pasta will compact into a solid mass, rather than having lots of air, as is the case with bigger pasta shapes. “This is why the pasta is primarily used in soups or with soupy sauces, since plated orzo and orzo casseroles are very intense. Some people like to use orzo like rice in pilafs, deliberately aiming for a very rich, dense dish.”

Nutrition Facts :

Serving size : 2 ounces dry

Calories 210

Protein 7 grams

Total carbs 42

Cholesterol 0 Sodium 0

Fat 1 gram

Iron 10 %

Thiamine 30 %

Niacin 15 %

Ribiflavin 15 %

Folic Acid 25 %

Eat a serving of orzo, and you consume 7 g of protein. This accounts for 12.5 to 15.2 percent of the recommended daily amount.

Increase your protein consumption by eating whole-grain orzo or pairing it with seafood, such as salmon, shrimp or clams, or some other meat. The protein in orzo also helps boost your energy levels.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/398174-about-orzo-pasta-nutrition/#ixzz1lQk07Zvr

Couscous

Both couscous and white rice contain small quantities of certain essential minerals. Couscous contains significantly more selenium, potassium and calcium than white rice.

Couscous is commonly prepared with herbs, oils and spices mixed in, which changes its nutritional profile significantly. Couscous is often prepared with tomatoes, oil, lemon juice and parsley to make the traditional chilled salad known as tabouleh. White rice is extremely bland without additional spices or seasoning. When soy sauce, for example, is added to white rice, the sodium content increases dramatically
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/532689-nutritional-difference-between-couscous-white-rice/#ixzz1lQmsrsZN

In memory of my Aunt Rose Mildner

My dad’s sister died at a golden  age  on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 .

She was born in Catania, Italy and raised in New York City where she also married and raised her children.  She later moved to Old Bridge  to live with my grandfather after my grandmother passed away and remained living there until the last few years.

A lovely lady.

Aunt Rose looked so pretty wearing necklace and earrings. Mom and I pictured.

On this day in June  25, 2009, I brought both my mother and Nina to see Aunt Rose.  We had pleasant visit together.   We stayed for the resident’s social hour and had the pleasure of listening to a keyboard player (piano) play many of the great oldies.  There was also an ice cream dessert served.

Time slips away, always think of her,  She’s in God’s hands now.

Winter Snow- Why Don’t Neighbors help?

neighbors sidewalks are cleared, my mother's driveway is not.

neighbors sidewalks are cleared, my mother's driveway is not.

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Sow and ice covered
Snow and ice covered

Why don’t the neighbors help the oldest one on the block during snow and freezing rain  weather?  Yesterday, she could not go to church, nor Saturday evening.  She tried, but saw all that ice and snow on her car, decided she couldn’t do it  and went back inside.    I ask myself this question, why don’t the neighbors help?    Although snow shovels and even a snowblower is in the cabana,  at my mothers age she’s done her share of snow removal.  For some reason, twice this season, she would not call up for the snow removal/lawn caretaker guy. ” He doesn’t come until the next day, last year when I called him” she says.  She waits for it to melt, hoping that the temperature will raise, but since the house faces north and always in the shade, it doesn’t melt.  Thank God, that it rained heavily on Christmas eve, because she didn’t want me to visit on Christmas week and the days before because she had fallen on the sheet of ice her driveway and steps had become.

There are somewhat family members that have snow removal vehicles, but they don’t think of her.  Is is really that far? 6-7 or so miles, maybe 10.

Though I grew up here, in this neighborhood,  dare I say 40 years ago,  I don’t know any of the names in the homes where all of my playmates used to live.   During winter, hence snow, she is snowbound.

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