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Recent Eats: Featuring the Best Soup

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments on my last blog post. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to check in since then because of the whirlwind of getting ready to travel to Harrisburg this weekend and all the time I’ve spent teaching. It’s been wonderful and I can’t wait to share the experience with you. I also look forward to responding to all of your comments on the other post. <3

I’m currently doing the thing I do best when solo in hotel rooms…watching House Hunters in bed. 😛 Since I’ll be teaching tomorrow morning and then spending the afternoon/evening traveling home, I thought I’d go ahead in check-in with you guys now. I am so wiped out from teaching today but I feel like I need a wind-down activity before I go to bed.

Here’s the recap of last week’s eats!


Smoothie bowl topped with granola.

Two scrambled eggs, fruit and a vegan morning glory muffin that one of my co-workers made for us. They were so good, I need to ask her for the recipe! I ate this same breakfast on two different mornings.

Smoothie with frozen banana, strawberries, blueberries and peaches, full fat coconut milk, water, cashew butter, goji berries and a date. Even though I swear you can’t taste the spinach in smoothies, sometimes I just have no desire to add it.


Our fridge was empty on Monday and by the time I got to Whole Foods to buy groceries for the week, I had to eat lunch before I shopped. I made the most delicious bowl of quinoa topped with collard greens, mushrooms, shredded chicken and plantains. Highly recommend.

Leftover ham, navy bean and cabbage soup. More details on this to come. Maybe the best soup I’ve ever made!

Salad with arugula, sauteed spiced chick peas, strawberries, dried cranberries, sliced almonds and avocado. Dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and balsamic.

More leftover soup. I was so busy with work last week that the ease of heating up soup for lunch was such a blessing. And this soup is SO satisfying and hearty!


Ready for the details on that soup? I used the bone from my Easter ham to make the most flavorful soup ever! I sauteed carrots, onions, celery and garlic together and then added some Italian seasoning along with the ham bone, two cans of navy beans, a few diced potatoes, chicken stock, water and a little chopped ham. I let all that simmer for a couple of hours and then added some rough chopped green cabbage the last 30 minutes or so of cooking.

I served it for dinner with buttered sourdough and a side salad.

On Tuesday night I tried that faux-tisserie chicken recipe. Verdict? I won’t stray from Ina next time. No bueno, the chicken was not “shreddable” as advertised but rather tough and chewy. Boo. Served alongside roasted potatoes, turnips and brussles sprouts.

On Wednesday night I used the leftover breasts (they were better than the leg/thighs) to make a kale salad with a three-grain blend from Whole Foods. I also added sauteed spiced pumpkin seeds and dressed it with Tessamae’s Zesty Ranch. Sliced avocado on the side.

And on Thursday night I made maple sriracha salmon and served it over coconut lime cilantro rice and made an arugula side salad.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you stay solo in a hotel?

What’s your favorite soup recipe?

Any recipe fails lately?


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  • Juliette | Namastay Traveling April 30, 2017, 8:05 am

    Yum! That maple sriracha salmon looks deliciously spicy! My favorite thing to do when I have some solo time in a hotel is find the fluffy robes and watch some trashy tv. A little grubhub makes it the perfect nigh in!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:27 pm

      It’s one of my go-to salmon recipes. You should try it. Super easy!

  • Katie H April 30, 2017, 9:16 am

    Yum! In general I’m not a soup person but I made a Skinny Tortillaless Chicken Soup I found on Pinterest and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever made. I was obsessed!
    My favorite thing to do while solo in a hotel room is watch cable. We cut the cord a couple years ago and it’s kinda ridiculous how wonderful it is to have it for a night. 😊

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:26 pm

      Hey Katie – I hear you on the cable. We have it but never watch in (and Tanner doesn’t share the same appreciation for HGTV as I do…) so I always enjoy watching it when away! 🙂

  • Julie Running in a Skirt May 1, 2017, 8:31 am

    I like to spread out over the whole bed!!
    Congrats on the new studio too!

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:24 pm

      Haha! Yes, that is definitely a benefit of solo travel! Thank you!

  • Amanda May 1, 2017, 10:14 am

    Those soups look SO GOOD. I’m no cook, but leftover soup is the best! All the flavors re like 10x the next day! If I stay solo in a hotel I’m all about netflixing! haha.

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:23 pm

      Agreed, it just gets better and better.

  • tara May 1, 2017, 1:47 pm

    I’m with you. tv and a face mask at a hotel. and sometimes just turning everything off and enjoying the quiet !
    i love lots of soups but probably my fave are cheesy potato soup that i havent made in quite some time since its not he healthiest or chili which i try to make several times each winter. when i used to be able to eat gluten i loved my grandmas chicken and dumpling soup and homemade chicken soup. nothing ever will beat her soup !

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:22 pm

      your grandmother’s soup sounds AMAZING.

      what’s your favorite face mask?

  • Jennifer L. May 1, 2017, 3:39 pm

    Those Bean, Cabbage, & Ham soup looks amazing. Plus, that sourdough! <3
    Looks like tasty and healthy eats.

    • Jennifer L. May 1, 2017, 3:40 pm

      *that (not those!)

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:22 pm

      It was super delicious! 🙂

  • Rebecca May 1, 2017, 3:48 pm

    We don’t have a TV in our bedroom at home, so definitely my favorite thing to do is watch TV in bed! We also don’t have cable, so if I can watch a trashy Bravo reality show, even better! It feels so indulgent. If work is paying, I’ll even order room service.

    My favorite soup recipe is one I got from Runner’s World years ago, it is a vegan black bean and lentil soup. It is so good and filling! One of those soups that gets better and better after a few days.

    • Jen May 3, 2017, 5:16 pm

      We don’t either so TV in bed is a treat! That soup sounds healthy and filling!

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