Pantry Scrounging Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was created from staples I always have on hand:

  • frozen veggies
  • soup
  • bread
  • cheese

I knew I wanted to use the box of V8 butternut squash soup that has been haunting me everytime I open my cubbard.

Box of Soup

As indicated by the severely torn box of soup in the above picture, I’ve  clearly never opened a box of soup before. I felt quite ravenous hacking away at the box. Just gimme my soup already! I let Sadie lick it clean and tear it up for good measure when I was done. Who’s the boss now, huh soup box!?

Butternut Squash Soup

Thank you to the readers who gave me suggestions as to what to do to transform my butternut squash soup craving into a meal. I followed your suggestions and decided to pair the soup with the old stand by: a grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese

I made mine on a whole wheat Arnold’s sandwich thin and Ryan’s on Publix light wheat bread. His and hers grilled cheeses. 😉

We also split a box of Green Giant Healthy Vision frozen veggies.

Green Giant Healthy Vision Veggies

Grilled Cheese and Veggies

At the dinner table Ryan and  I concluded our dinner was fit for a five year old. 🙂 We loved every last bite. The soup in particular was really, really good. I’m a fan!

Low Calorie Christmas Cookies

Ryan affectionately calls me his little cookie monster because I’ve been known to polish off an embarrassing amount of freshly baked cookies on more than one occasion. They’re just too darn delicious!

I love baking Christmas cookies for Santa (and myself 😉 ). Nerd alert: My sister and I always bake cookies to ‘NSync’s Christmas CD. It’s amazing. There’s just something about that song “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” that makes me wanna sing and dance!

Were you a Backstreet Boys fan or an ‘NSync fan… or just a hater? I definitely preferred ‘NSync. I love my Justin Timberlake (though J.C. was my fav at the time…  I had a soft-spot for Joey, too!) .

Annnyway, in my latest Examiner article, I’ve compiled a list of low calorie Christmas cookie recipes. Click here to check it out!

14 Responses

  1. I liked both back in the day, haha 😉

  2. BSB for a short time (I was convinced I was going to marry Brian Litrell) THEN I switched to Nsync and totally fell in love with JT (duh).. yup, still in love. lol 🙂
    I have that Christmas album.. thanks for the reminder about that song.. its my fav 🙂

  3. I was a fan of boy bands also. I liked ‘NSync better than BSB but admit I listened to them both! I’m also a fan of ‘NSync’s Christmas CD…classic!

  4. I LOVE that song! I’m an ‘N Sync girl all the way! I also loved 98 degrees. Lame!

  5. Yummy looking dinner!!

    My sister loved N Sync too, haha! 🙂 I secretly did too, but pretended like I was too cool… 😉

  6. I’m loving your blog today as you can tell… but as your favorite optometrist buddy i should advise you that those veggies don’t do much for your eyes as they claim to 🙂 try some spinach and other leafy green veggies! haha

  7. LOVE the dinner idea:) I was a Backstreet fan 1st but can to LOVE N’sync and Def JC!

  8. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who bakes to Nsync Christmas… Hanson’s Christmas CD is great too! Austin obviously LOVES both 😉

  9. i am all about nsync, always was always will be 🙂
    mm i love v8 b-nut squash soup mucho!!

  10. i have that nsync christmas cd and love it! in high school all my friends would borrow it and burn it and never give it back so i ended up buying it a couple times… now thats a true fan.

  11. LOVER of nsync…I acutally met then when i was 14. yes I had a special VIP pass and sticker adn got to meet them before the show, it.was.amazing. 🙂 I will share the picture sometime soon!

  12. Hi Julie,

    I justed wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog for the last couple of weeks and I really like your writing style. It’s so entertaining to read! Thanks! I wanted to ask you if you minded if I added your blog into a list of blogs I follow on my blog? I recently started my own blog and I would definitely like to link it to yours.


  13. I love N’SYNC’s Christmas CD. I was a fan of both N’SYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

    Now I’m going to try to find that song on YouTube to add some Christmas cheer to my morning. And a good laugh at their ridiculous outfits in the video!

  14. I am going to have to go with BackStreet Boys! I tend to sing embarrasing loud whenever I play them on the radio. 🙂

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