Bikini Bod Bootcamp-Inspiration 2.0::

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bootcampToday marks just another Tuesday where I find myself beaming with pride.  I’m not a mother yet, but I imagine this is a little bit what a proud parent feels like. Last night marked the beginning of our third full week of Bikini Bod Bootcamp and the successes just keep on coming. I mean, only two full weeks behind us and these women are seeing quantifiable results! I’m telling you, I’m incredibly proud and incredibly inspired, so I thought I’d share a few of these stories with you.

First, take my sister Jen. She lives in Boston and Boston, this time of year, is dreadfully cold.  We’ve been complaining about temperatures in the 50’s here in Orlando, but Jen is dealing with temperatures in the 30’s, all while dodging snow storms. But, guess what, she’s not letting that stop her! She performed week 2’s workout in Boston last week. Outside. In 34 degree weather. Talk about a trooper! You won’t find me doing ANYthing outside in those kinds of temperatures unless it involves many layers, a fire, and some sort of hot beverage.

Next, we have Sarah. She’s a mother of two and Orlando bootcamp staple. She’s been with us since the trial run and shows amazing tenacity, what I would call a true ring leader. Now, Sarah also plays on a softball team with her coworkers and injured her leg during a game last week. But, guess what, she didn’t let that stop her from getting her exercise in! She listened to her body and took a day off from bootcamp with the group. She allowed her leg to rest and heal, but she and her husband still got after an upper body workout. Not to mention that they headed to the park a few days later and did their bootcamp workout on their own.

Finally, there’s Grace. Grace is Sarah’s sister-in-law and she may be bootcamp’s number one fan as she’s been at EVERY single workout thus far! Grace is setting goals each week and crushing them before moving onto the next one.  She has admitted to feeling stronger and using that strength as fuel to keep on charging even when the workouts are tough. And, last night, she told me something that truly blew my mind.  Grace donates blood on a regular basis and, although she has never had high cholesterol by any means, since starting bootcamp her cholesterol has dropped 10 points. That’s incredible! Grace is proof that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to taking care of your body. A 10 point decrease for someone who does have high cholesterol can be the difference between being at risk and being healthy. And, if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is!

And, these, my friends, are just a few of the sweet, little stories we’re seeing at bootcamp.  We still have moms incorporating their children. We still have women who have missed the group workout making up for it when they can. We still have women scattered across the country doing this alone. And, like I said, I am so incredibly proud. So, for those of you who have already joined us, bravo!! Keep doing what you’re doing and you’re bound to keep inspiring. Keep doing what you’re doing and you will surely find success.  Most of all, thank you for putting forth such inspiring effort. I am proud and I am grateful!!

Nourish and Be Nourished::

Stuffed With Nutrition::

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This week’s recommended meal for Bikini Bod Bootcamp is one of my newest, most favorite recipes! It is stuffed with nutrition and flavor, which really can’t be beat when you’re looking for a delicious, healthy meal.

Meet: QUINOA STUFFED SWEET POTATOES

These things are incredible! They’re so good for you, so filling, and so easy to make! The recipe can be found here at the original source, however, my preferred prep method for 2 people is below. Before I get to the “how-to” though, I’d like to tell you the why.

Sweet potatoes, almonds, quinoa, kale. These foods are all jam packed with nutritional value. Seriously. One cup of sweet potato alone serves up impressive amounts of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.  Almonds are full of healthy fats, protein, vitamin E, and folate.  Quinoa is a superstar as far as grains go, actually being considered a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. And, kale, don’t get me started on kale. This low calorie, high fiber, zero fat, leafy green contains levels of vitamins A, C, and K that literally topple the charts for daily suggested intake.

Now, mind you, these stuffed sweet potatoes have it ALL…and then some! All of those nutrients listed above can be consumed in one meal. One colorful, delicious, filling meal. Don’t believe me? Make them yourself!

What You’ll Need::

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Organic Chicken Broth (low sodium)
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 small Onion, diced
  • 1 cup Kale, washed, stems discarded, torn into 1” pieces
  • 1/4 cup toasted chopped Almonds (toast your own if you have raw almonds lying around!)
  • 1/8 cup dried Cranberries
  • Salt and Pepper to tasteQSSP-1

What to Do::

1) Preheat oven to 400. Wash and dry sweet potatoes, Pierce in several places with a fork, and bake on a foil lined baking sheet for 45-60 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.

  1. Meanwhile, cook you quinoa according to package directions. Swap out the water for broth (you can use vegetable broth if you’d like to make this vegetarian)
  2. In a pan, heat the olive oil. Gently saute onion with a pinch of salt & pepper until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the kale, almonds, and cranberries, and saute until kale is soft.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa to your sauteed mix and combine. Let stand.
  5. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and remove the flesh in chunks. Add to quinoa mixture.
  6. Stuff the sweet potato skins with your quinoa mixture and serve.
  7. Enjoy!qssp

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Water, Water Everywhere::

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Folks, today I am nursing a serious headache. And, do you know why? Well, it’s because I didn’t follow my own advice yesterday and went to bootcamp without properly hydrating. So, last night I paid the price. And today, I’m still paying the price.

But, here’s the kicker. I drank a lot of water yesterday. More than I normally would, at least. However, it just wasn’t enough for the work I put my body through with an intense workout.  Here’s the other kicker.  It wasn’t hot yesterday, so I didn’t sweat out all of the water I had consumed.  My body simply used it as fuel for all of it’s moving parts and I irresponsibly just didn’t put enough gas in to get through the workout and have enough water to spare to keep this headache at bay.

So, I’m sharing my foolishness with you in hopes that you’ll learn from my rookie mistake. And, if my pain isn’t enough to drive it home, allow me to share some facts about proper hydration with you.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), water:

    • regulates body temperature
    • transports oxygen and nutrients to our cells
    • lubricates and cushions joints
    • protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
    • gets rid of waste

As you can see, water is a super important part of every part of your body. So, it’s super important to get enough of it, especially if you’re as physically active as you should be.

The American Counsel on Exercise (ACE), recommends the following guidelines for properly hydrating before, during, and after exercise:

  • Drink 17-20 ounces of water 2-3 hours before the start of exercise.
  • Drink 8 ounces of fluid 20-30 minuted prior to exercise or during your warm up.
  • Drink 7-10 ounces of fluid every 10-20 minutes during exercise.
  • Drink an additional 8 ounces of fluid within 30 minutes after exercising.
  • Drink 16-24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost after exercise.

It is important to note that although sodium helps the body rehydrate, typical sports drinks (i.e., Gatorade, Powerade) should not be relied upon as a large source of hydration as they’re full of sugar and calories. And, if you’re on a journey to change your body for the better, water should be the beverage you choose the majority of the time.  Of course, there will be times when you need an extra boost in hydration, but there are some great options out there that don’t include all the sugary, fake gunk! The naturally occurring potassium and electrolytes in Coconut Water, for instance, are a great source, in addition to fruits and vegetables, for rehydration after an intense workout.

So, take it from me (the girl who didn’t drink enough water), hydration is to not only key to maintaining a healthy body, but to transforming into a healthier one as well!

We’ll talk more about liquid calories another time, but today I want you to remember one thing: water is king!

 

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Bikini Bod Bootcamp-Inspiration::

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Week 1 of Bikini Bod Bootcamp is officially winding down and I simply cannot accurately describe how inspired I am! We have a stellar group of women who have committed to working out together in Orlando each week, another stellar group of women who have started their own team in Melbourne Beach, and still yet, a sprinkling of more stellar women across the country doing this beast on their OWN. How cool is that!?

Throughout this week, I have received SO much encouraging and inspiring feedback that I just HAD to share!

Take the ladies who workout beachside. They are three moms, will children all no older than 4. Two of them have 2 kiddos, and one has 3, including a set of twins! They are busy women. They all homeschool their older children while ensuring the younger ones are clothed, fed, entertained, etc. Like I said, they are busy women. But, they are not letting that stop them or even get in the way! I was brought close to tears on Wednesday when I heard about their workout that day. Not only did the get in their burn, but they included their kids as well. All 7 of them! This just makes my heart go all sorts of pitter-patter.

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These women are finding time to take care of themselves in the midst of the chaos that is raising children. They’re getting their kids involved by racing them in sprints, hurdling over the literal obstacle the babes have put in their path, and even planking with a toddler on board. These moms are creating an environment that works for them to complete their workouts, but they’re also doing so much more than that. They’re teaching their children the importance of physical activity. They are living examples of what it means to live an active lifestyle. They are empowering their children to do the same and that is a priceless gift.

It is my hope that these women serve as inspiration to you as much as they have me.  They are not just moms working out together. They are women who are looking a mountain of excuses in the face and pushing past them.  They are motivated and have formulated a plan to turn that motivation into action, and that is something from which we can ALL learn!

Next Monday marks a new week and new workout.  If you’d like to be included, simply leave a comment saying so and I’ll add you to the list. The Orlando crew will be meeting Monday night at 6pm and Wednesday morning at 7am. We would LOVE for you to join us!

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Delightful Way to Start Your Day::

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Over the next couple of months, in conjunction with our  Bikini Bod Bootcamp (BBB), I will be sharing some delicious and healthy recipes with you. The hope is that BBB becomes more than just a workout routine, but a lifestyle change as well. Remember, you gain strength in the gym, but lose in the kitchen! It’s the small changes in the types of food we consume that will make the most impact on our bodies.

So, today, I’d like to introduce you to a staple in the Weaver home. And, when I say staple, I mean it. This is a dish that holds everything together. Eaten nearly every morning, I’d be lost without it! So, without further ado, I give you: Yogurt Delight.  Now, the yogurt part is pretty self explanatory, but it’s the delight part that makes this breakfast/snack/dessert absolutely…well…delightful!

Adam introduced me to YD (that’s what we call it at home) while we were dating, but it wasn’t until we got married and moved in together that I got to fully experience all that is Yogurt Delight. You see, there are some things that you just don’t question your husband about. The almighty YD is one of them. Adam taught me the key components of this dish and I have learned through a little trial-and-error of my own, that the man knows what he’s talking about. Big time.  Yogurt Delight is an original creation of he and our friend Anthony.  So, if you have a chance, be sure to thank them for their ingenuity.

And, it is with gratitude to them, that I share Yogurt Delight with you! Below is a simple diagram for your quick reference.

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What You’ll Need::

  • Stonyfield Farms WHOLE Milk French Vanilla Yogurt. I tried to be a good girl and use the reduced fat. Big mistake. Now, before you get all worried about the whole milk, keep in mind that this is high quality milk, from happy cows. And, it’s chock full of probiotics which will do your intestines a whole lotta good. Feel better? Me too!
  • Bananas. Be sure they’re firm.
  • Strawberries. Be sure they’re ripe and juicy!
  • Blueberries. Be sure they’re firm and crispy. You should hear the skin break when you bite em!
  • Raw Almonds. This means that cannot be roasted, toasted, salted, or sweetened. Raw only.
  • Mix-Ins! These are completely optional and have been introduced to the traditional YD recipe by yours truly:
    • Chia Seeds. Sprinkle a few of these puppies on for an added punch of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia is a SUPER food that can reduce your blood pressure, help keep you hydrated, keep you feeling fuller longer, and prevent your body from absorbing some of the nasties you eat. Not to mention that they’re a fun pop of texture!
    • Organic, Plain-Jane granola. I like Back to Nature’s Classic variety as it has a lot less sugar than most granola you find at the grocery store. And, once again, it’s all about added texture!

What To Do::

  1. Wash and slice your fruit.
  2. Mix it ALL together
  3. Enjoy!

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Now, I will add in one disclaimer: the ORIGINAL Yogurt Delight (as in: what Adam and Anthony artfully crafted the day YD was born) should be made with mangoes and peaches, as opposed to any other fruit. However, those beauties are in season for such a short time, that adjustments have been made over the years to incorporate more readily found ripe fruit. So, by all means, try yourself a bowl of Yogurt Delight full of summer fruits when the time comes!

I hope you enjoy Yogurt Delight as much as we do. It’s the perfect breakfast to get you fueled up and feeling full for hours!

Nourish and Be Nourished::

Bikini Bod Bootcamp-Trial Run::

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photoWell, Bikini Bod Bootcamp has officially started! We had a trial run workout last week so that I could get a feel for how things would work, and for some of the girls who were available to get a feel for what they’d actually signed up for. And, I think I speak for everyone in attendance when I say that it was great!

The weather was brisk, but a certainly welcomed change from the normal hot and humid Florida climate. The warm up alone made us forget all our cozy layers and sing small praises to the cool breeze. We then moved right into our workout and really turned up the heat, sweating it out for a full hour before cooling down. The girls who made it out to the trial run absolutely killed it! They were tough, determined, and listened to their bodies, making it a super successful workout if you ask me!

Tonight, we meet again and I’m super excited to see some more smiling faces! If you’re wanting to join us, it’s not too late! Leave me a comment below if you’re interested and I’ll email you the complete workout along with details of where/when to join us in Orlando.  Everyone who has signed up should have workout 1 in their inbox as of this morning, so if you don’t, please let me know.

For those of you who will be working out with us from afar, I wanted to just take a moment to commend and encourage you. Having the discipline to stick to a routine on your own is hard, so keep me in the know. I’m here to cheer for you just as much as I am the girls who I’ll see during the group workouts. Send me your progress, your challenges, your successes because they’re all big deals! I mean it. You may also find it helpful to follow along as Reagan tracks her own bootcamp progress/experience. She’s sure to be nothing but brutally honest!

So, in preparation for your first official Bikini Bod Bootcamp, I leave you with some lovely outtakes from the photos Adam helped take of me performing this week’s moves as well as some low plank offenses I inadvertently committed while doing so. Enjoy!

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Honor Thy Host::

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There are two sides to hospitality: the guest and the host. And, although every person who works in hospitality will tell you that the guest is of the utmost importance, there’s something to be said for recognizing a great host. This is an area where I admittedly fall short. Unless I’m going to a housewarming party, I often forget to bring a token of gratitude to my host/hostess.  So, I did a little digging to give myself some inspiration. All that’s left now is to be invited to a lovely soirée. **hint hint**

Take a look at my picks and let me know if you have a go-to hostess gift I should add!hostess

  1. I received a set of cloth napkins from my parents last Christmas and have been obsessed ever since. They’re a great addition to a tablescape AND are good for the environment. Win-win! I love theses striped ones from Anthropologie.
  2. Succulents are certainly the “it” plant right now, but why wouldn’t they be? They’re gorgeous and require very little work, so they’re safe even in a black thumb’s hand. You can find these at Home Depot.
  3. How about some local honey for your host? It’s a sweet (pun intended) gift that can be medicinal if your host happens to suffer from seasonal allergies. And you must include this adorable honey dipper from Crate & Barrel.
  4. This Williams-Sononma apron just speaks to me. It says, “I belong to a bona fide chef. I am classic. I belong in your kitchen.” Any hostess will love this gem.
  5. It is my opinion that you can never have too many kitchen accessories, which includes those for the bar. I love this Small Talk Corkscrew, also from Crate & Barrel.
  6. In keeping with the beverage theme, why not give your host some fun paper straws? You can find these in literally any color and almost any pattern imaginable!
  7. And, one of my personal favorites: Rifle Paper Co.’s Royal Cocktail Coaster Set. They feature Bloody Mary herself, as well as a Pink Lady, White Russian, and Brandy Alexander. Genius!Nourish and Be Nourished::

Bikini Bod Bootcamp-Some Tips::

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Alright, ladies, here we go! The workouts for bootcamp won’t start until next week, but there are some things you can be doing this week to prepare you! From taking your current measurements to practicing proper hydration (it’s not as easy as it sounds), use the next several days to physically, and mentally, prepare yourself for your 12-week road to that hot bod!

There are a few things I’d like to mention before getting into some specific tips:

  1. Reagan and I have committed to working out together twice a week. However, I suggest exercising at least 3 times per week to really feel and see results.
  2. I will be providing you with some suggested supplemental workouts that will compliment the intense bootcamp workouts each week. These will include things like yoga, ballet, jogging, etc.
  3. As with any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician if this is something new for you.  You know your body, but that doesn’t always mean you know your limits. Talk to your doctor about what’s best for you, especially if you have previous injuries or are pregnant.Now, for some helpful tips for a successful workout program. Read them a few times, giving yourself the chance to really commit. Now is the time to empower your body. Here we go!

What to Consume::

  • Although this is a fitness bootcamp, monitoring what’s going into your body is just as important and what’s coming out (i.e., those unwanted calories, pounds, etc.) Most trainers/nutritionists will tell you that you tone in the gym and lose in the kitchen! Monitoring your diet is, hands down, the best way to lose weight and, at the same time, ensure that your body is getting the right fuel to become stronger.
  • Start each morning with a glass of room temperature water. Add lemon if you have it! This will get your metabolism cranking.
  • Drink lots more throughout the day! Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning at peak performance, and will help keep your muscles fresh during hard workouts.
  • Follow your glass of water with 1 flax seed gel cap and 1 chewable Vitamin C Tablet. Each of these supplements aides in metabolic regulation.
  • Be sure to eat within 30 min of waking up.
  • For the rest of the day, eat every 3-4 hours. Never go long periods without eating. Your body will think you’re starving and will go into survival (aka-storage of fat and sugar) mode.
  • Try to keep naturally healthy snacks around. Almonds and grapes are not only tasty, but appetite suppressants as well. AVOID anything labeled “low fat,” “diet,” or “sugar free.”  Most of that stuff is chemically altered and will generally jack you up. :)

General Guidelines::

  1. Set goals. Give yourself 2-4 tangible goals to meet over a certain time period, in this case the months of March, April, and May.
  2. Be realistic! You’ll never stick to your plan if you feel like your goals are unattainable. This goes for your fitness goals as well as nutritional goals. Try setting fitness goals, as opposed to weight goals. For example, try to increase your max # of pushups, or the speed of your mile. Focus on how you perform, not on what you weigh.
  3. When you’ve met your first round of goals, set new ones! This will help keep you motivated.
  4. Commit to a certain number of workouts/week and stick to it. You don’t HAVE to work out on the same days each week, but make sure you hit your # of committed days each and every week!
  5. Allow yourself to miss one day/month, but that’s it! (unless you’re sick or injured, of course) If that’s the case, let me know and we can come up with an alternative routine.
  6. Do what you can! Only you know the limits of your own body, respect them. Push yourself, but don’t hurt yourself. Remember, your workouts will only be effective if you can actually do them. Be mindful and listen to your body!

What’s Next::

  1. Set your goals! Take measurements, weigh in, and be realistic. You can find a great “how to” for taking accurate measurements here. For most women, initial fitness progress is seen in inches, not pounds.
  2. Make a calendar! Start with week 1. Decide what day you want to start and how many days/week you’re going to work out. Include time for icing/warm baths into your workouts.
  3. If you’re serious, send me your calendar! I’m going to check in with you throughout the weeks to see how you’re doing, encourage you, and light a fire under your booty if you don’t want to move it :)
  4. Make a checklist! Make sure that you’re drinking your morning water and taking your supplements every day. This can be on your fridge, on your phone, or on your hand. Your choice!
  5. Keep an informal journal of what you eat. No need to go crazy counting calories, but just being aware of what you eat each day can help you make better choices. Remember, lots of small meals throughout the day!
  6. Re-measure and weigh yourself only once/week. Keep in mind that us women fluctuate with our cycles, so if your figures seem way off, redo them the next day. Depending on your progress, you can adjust your goals.
  7. Enjoy yourself! When it’s no fun at all, and you’re a sweaty mess, just remember: 1336059765719_8358605Nourish and Be Nourished::

Bikini Bod Bootcamp-The Facts::

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If you’re a regular reader of Nourish, you know that I love a good workout. If you’re not a regular reader of Nourish, you probably happened upon this post because you’re interested in a good workout. Either way, this Spring, we’re gonna work it!

A few weeks ago I got a text from Reagan informing me that she is less-than-thrilled at the thought of this year’s impending bikini season. And, being the go-getter that she is, she requested that I lovingly torture her for the three months leading up to her family’s beach trip this June.  Happily, I obliged and offered to tailor a hellish program for that specific purpose.  Well, word got out and lots of ladies seemed interested in joining us, making me all the more excited about what lies ahead!

Knowing that we all have busy schedules that pull us in multiple directions each and every day, I decided that I would put together easy-to-follow workouts, complete with directions and photos, so that ANYone can join us in this journey from ANYwhere! Below is an outline (which, by the way, is super easy to share; just click to enlarge) of The Facts for Bikini Bod Bootcamp. They’ll give you a little more background as to why you should join us, but it’s ultimately your decision to commit!THEFACTSThroughout this week, I’ll be posting some helpful hints and tips that will make this process not only bearable, but fun. I’ll also be providing some guidelines to make this a safe endeavor for everyone.  Remember, I’m not a personal trainer, but I have a lot of experience with safe exercise. A workout is only effective if you can actually do it, so caution is  key!

So, if you’re in it to win it, let me know in the comments section of this post. If you have some questions you need answered before you can sign on the dotted line, send me an email at mrsjordanweaver@gmail.com.  Let’s do this!

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Roasted Tomato Soup::

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SOUPI am not a huge fan of tomatoes. I don’t love ketchup. And I almost always give Adam the tomatoes that show up in my restaurant salads.  So, I’m just as shocked as you are that one of my favorite dishes is this roasted tomato soup. But, it’s seriously delicious. Maybe it’s the way the garlic and onions meld with the tomatoes as they roast. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the ultimate feel good food on a cold night. Or maybe my palette is just inconsistent.

Whatever it is, I’m super grateful that I was introduced to this soup by Sprouted Kitchen and am super excited to share my version below. I like to make a BIG batch that delivers lots of yum leftovers.  Please enjoy…

What You’ll Need::

  • 3 lbs ripe, organic tomatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup organic half & half
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • Fresh chopped basil for garnish

What to Do::

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and wash your tomatoes tomatoes
  2. Chop tomatoes and onion into wedges and arrange on a rimmed baking sheet
  3. Gently tuck garlic cloves into the seedy flesh of the tomatoes as to avoid burning them
  4. Sprinkle onions and tomato with salt, pepper, parsley and olive oil drizzle
  5. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until everything is soft and fragrant. Set aside.
  6. Heat chicken broth and tomato paste in a large pot over medium heat.
  7. Add entire contents of baking sheet to pot and let it all simmer together for about 10 minutestomatoes2
  8. Using an immersion blender (this thing is a life saver when it comes to making soup!), blend all of the ingredients together until fairly smooth. In my opinion, this soup is best when it’s still a little chunky. You can also carefully mix in a blender, if needed. tomatoes3
  9. Stir in cream, oregano, and Italian seasoning. addcream
  10. Garnish with fresh basil, cracked black pepper, and toasted garlic bread
  11. Enjoy!!

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