#HeinensSundaySupper Week Three: butternut squash & carrot soup with red quinoa

Congrats to Leanne S.  – you won the “yogi prize pack” of a NamaSTAY Yoga Towel & Mat Spray. Didn’t win? Click on over to the company’s website to get yours today.

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Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Upon our on our initial Heinen’s shopping trip that prepped us for weeks one and two of #HeinensSundaySupper, I attempted to purchase an array of fresh produce and pantry staples. What would come together in week three – fourteen days later?

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Noticing the butternut squash that was purchased on that specific shopping trip, I took the time to roast it this past Saturday afternoon as I was trying to catch up on housework and tax preparation. Life isn’t all backbends and wine events.

Once Sunday rolled around, I poked around our pantry to find something to go with my roasted vegetable of choice. What I came across was two Heinen’s branded items. First, their red quinoa. I wondered how to combine it all together when I read the back of the quinoa package.

quinoa soup combo

Soup was the answer. Generally inspired by a past recipe I threw together, I combined the half of the roasted butternut squash, some (pre-cooked) carrots, salt pepper, garlic and the second Heinen’s branded item – vegetable stock. Then all was left to do was hit the “blend” button on my Vitamix.

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I prepped the quinoa earlier that afternoon, so with a swift scoop, I placed some quinoa in the bottom of a bowl then gently poured in the butternut squash carrot soup. Its color satisfied my eyes and its flavor tempted my taste buds, which made heading back for seconds inevitable. Looks like we had another Sunday supper winner on our hands!

LONG STORY SHORT: I’m sure the only one in our household who doesn’t enjoy my new found love of soup making is Grady. But I supposed my easily spooked Golden Retriever is going to have to get used to something that makes a fairly loud noise for more than five minutes.  In a flash, I had a meal packed full of veggies and protein – again thanks to a  visit to my local Heinen’s.

Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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GIVEAWAY: NamaSTAY Yoga Towels & Mat Spray

CALLING ALL YOGIS NEAR AND FAR! I’m excited to have a treat for you today…

If you practice hot yoga, you’re  familiar with the slip-and-slide that the warm room can bring. So I’m ready to introduce you to NamaSTAY Yoga Towels & Mat Spray.

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Get to know their products a bit better - as shared by the company:

  • “Quick drying and extremely absorbent, this lightweight yoga towel helps to keep you safe & confident during your yoga practice… This 100% recyclable yoga mat towel fits all standard size yoga mats (68″ X 24″ Small OR 72″ X 26″ Medium).”
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The towels come in an array of colors and can be purchased online or at many local yoga studios…or you can enter to win a “yogi prize pack” of a towel and a bottle of spray here on the blog! 

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Enter via the Rafflecopter – make sure to let me know in the comments below which color you would pick!

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You have until this Friday, April 11th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning.  So grab your yoga mat and enter to win today!

Want to learn more about NamaSTAY?  Check out the their Facebook page here, and follow @NamaSTAYtowel to keep up-to-date on all yoga goodness.

Disclosure: All photos ℅ NamaSTAY. In return for running this giveaway for a “yogi prize pack” of a towel and a spray for one of my readers, I accepted a bottle of mat spray. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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#HeinensSundaySupper Week Two: slow cooker hot Italian sausage, peppers & onions

Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

My yoga teaching schedule recently changed to include a return to teaching regularly on Saturday mornings (I missed it so!), leaving me with a free day on Sundays. But of course as it is when it comes to teaching, I take every opportunity I can, and was lucky to sub a class this past Sunday morning.

Once Hans and I got home from the studio around noon, I had every intention to throw in the ingredients I purchased at Heinen’s for a solid slow cooker meal: hot Italian sausage, green peppers, white onion, garlic, and a jar or so of their brand’s marinara sauce plus a few extra tomatoes to beef things up.

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…but first I made myself lunch. (Teaching makes me hungry!) Then I started vacuuming. Then I caught up on some emails. And then I got sucked into another episode of The Voice. And started talking to the dog… when Grady reminded me that it was already 3:00PM and I still hadn’t started the slow cooker.

Knowing we were shooting for a 6:30ish dinner (and I was trying to fit in a yoga practice for myself that afternoon), I sliced, diced and placed everything into my slow cooker by 3:15PM. But would just over three hours be enough time to get everything married together? I told my brother we’d be ready to eat at 6:30PM…

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Turns out it was. Plus I was running a few minutes behind post-practice, so it bought me a few more moments to let the slow cooker do its job. I prepped the pasta for Hans and my brother and the (already pre-cooked) spaghetti squash for me, and before we knew it, dinner was on the table before 7.

LONG STORY SHORT: There’s no need to overthink your dinner plans, and no need to fret when you’re a bit behind your Sunday schedule. Even in a pinch, I was able to throw together a meal that will surprised all three of us. Considering Hans picked out the protein, I knew he would enjoy – but I had NO idea that Drew liked this meal so much. For my brother to go back for seconds – now that’s when you know it’s a winner!

Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook and on Twitter at @heinens.

Disclaimer:  As a part of the Heinen’s #HeinensSundaySupper campaign, I offered to share my photos and thoughts during our Sunday meals. I was given a gift card for my participation. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Connect with me on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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