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#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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#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.

heinens pasta sauce

…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. 

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#HeinensSundaySupper Week One: pork chops with roasted potatoes & asparagus

Congrats to Valerie from Motherhood in Progress  – you’ve won two tickets to Yuri’s Night Cleveland! Didn’t win? Tickets are available at the Great Lakes Science Center‘s event website for the April 12th event.

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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. 

It was just last Wednesday I was chatting with an event volunteer that I hadn’t seen in awhile. The subject turned to food and restaurants (as it usually does when you plan those types of events) and the volunteer asked me a very sound question: “which type of foodie are you: one that likes to cook or one that likes the restaurant experience?”

My answer: “I would say I’m sort of both, but I lean towards the restaurant enjoyment because I don’t have the time to create full blown meals on a regular basis.” I then even admitted how much I especially missed making a Sunday night meal for Hans, myself and the occasional additional family member.

With that cue, enter stage left:  Heinen’s.

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I was recently invited to partake in #HeiensSundaySupper, sharing photos of my end-of-the-weekend meals from items crafted from their stores. What better way to dive right back into a regular weekend cooking routine?

Last Sunday, Hans and I headed out the Brecksville location (a uber quick jaunt down I-77) and came home with the bundle of groceries pictured above. On the initial visit, I was going for pantry staples plus fun, fresh ingredients that I love.

After a prompt unpacking and the heating of our oven, I tossed together an easy, yet tasty Sunday meal for my husband and I:

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WIth this brutal winter, there was no chance of grilling the pork chops. (AKA I couldn’t talk Hans into going outside!) So with a quick Google search, The Kitchn helped me out with a “sear first, throw in the over to finish” method that made me feel like a culinary genius. (Not so much in the grand scheme of things — just a trick I’ve seen on cooking shows about a million times!)

When we saw the fingerling potatoes and the asparagus at Heinen’s that afternoon, a craving for roasted veggies overtook me. With a light coating of olive oil, sea salt and pepper – tossed along with shallots and garlic – we had the perfect sides for our protein. So easy, so simple, yet so delicious. We paired our meal with a white wine blend we found in the grocery’s Bin 55 (their favorite wines for under $10) and ended the weekend off right.

LONG STORY SHORT: The smile on Hans’ face said it all – he was glad to have a solid meal at home again! I’ve got ideas for the next two Sundays, all based on the ingredients in the photo above. Stay tuned to see how it all plays out… and how I regain my standing of the World’s Best Wife, ha! Thanks Heinen’s for the assist.

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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