Sausage Tortellini Soup


This is probably one of my favorite soups of all time! I typically make mine with sweet Italian turkey sausage, but you could use pork, or spicy or whatever you like!

I’ve used whole wheat tortellini, frozen, and fresh. You just need to adjust cooking time according to the directions on the package. Since it’s added at the end, that’s easy to do.

You can leave out the wine, add more broth instead, or water. Sometimes a add a little more broth at the end to achieve the amount of brothiness that we like! ūüôā As you can see…this recipe can be modified to your taste.


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 pound Turkey Sausage
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5-6 cup broth (vegetable, beef or chicken would work)
  • 1/2 cup red wine (or more broth)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 T. basil
  • 1/2 t. oregano
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced zucchini or squash (or both)
  • 1 pkg. tortellini (mine is 9 oz.)
  • 2 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cups baby spinach


1.  In a large pot (dutch oven), heat oil, add sausage and brown.  Remove from pot, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings.

2. Saute onion, garlic and carrots.  Stir in broth, water, wine, tomatoes, basil, oregano, tomato sauce and sausage.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat: simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

3. Stir in zucchini/squash and parsley.  Simmer covered for another 20-30 minutes.  *Add the tortellini the last 10 minutes.  Add spinach at the very end.   Sprinkle a little Parmesan on each serving.   Makes about 8 servings.


My Mom was a Health-nut BEFORE it was Cool!

I used to get irritated with my mom when she would pack me a whole wheat bread sandwich, an apple and a bag of carrot sticks for lunch. ¬†Especially when my friends sitting next to me had their Wonder bread, factory bag of chips and Twinkies. ¬†It was hard to be me, or so I thought. ¬†At home it was the same. ¬†Ask my mom today, and she’ll tell you that you have to have something green with every meal. ¬†This is how I was raised, and it has stuck with me! ¬†She was and IS a very health-conscious person. ¬†Both of my parents were pretty active when I was a kid. ¬†My mom did some running and a few 5K’s . ¬†My dad would get on these kicks where he’d ride his bike for several hours and come back to swim some laps. ¬†He would play catch with me in the yard, etc. ¬†I think these things shape us as kids. ¬†I’m trying to do the same with my four kids, as much as possible. ¬†They see me and my husband working out and making health a top priority in our lives. ¬†I hope it will be for them, and their kids, too. ¬†And so on.

I mean…look at these 2! ¬†They are in their 60’s!Image

Breakfast of Champions!



This is one of many variations of my favorite breakfasts. ¬†When I’m not having Shakeology for breakfast (I’ll probably have it for lunch today) I like to scramble myself a couple of whole eggs plus 2 extra whites (more protein) and top them with a little organic spinach, some tomatoes (these are heirloom CSA tomatoes) and a spattering of reduced fat cheese. ¬†This particular meal was completed by a heel of whole wheat toast leftover from my kids’ breakfast (couldn’t let it go to waste!). ¬†

Put a Fork in Me!

It’s hard to explain how good you feel when you’ve given something (anything) all you’ve got and finished! ¬†It could be a career goal, or a financial goal, or just a simple 30 minute workout. ¬†There is no sense in doing something with 50% effort…you might as well not do it at all. ¬†You’re either all in…or not! ¬†Right?! ¬†Can I get an amen! ¬†I just feel so good when I’m done working out, knowing that I tried my hardest. ¬†I may not always be able to do everything that the bouncy, crazy, Energizer Bunny lady (a.k.a. Chalene Johnson) is doing…but I do what I CAN do until I can’t do it for one more second. ¬†And then I collapse in a puddle on the floor. ūüôā ¬†And then…grab a snack. ¬†I earned it.Image


Here is my snack:  Honeycrisp apples dipped in chocolate PB2 (made with yogurt & a little water).  Delicious!

Real Fast Food!

I have always been a smoothie person.¬† Until recently, in order to make sure that I was getting ALL of the nutrients I could possible pack into my smoothie I would get out ALL of the following:¬† kale, spinach, almond milk, strawberries, banana, blueberries, pineapple, chia seeds, protein powder and ice!¬† Now I get out a bag of shakeology, ice, almond milk (or regular milk) and maybe a little PB2 (or just regular peanut butter).¬† The best part is I’m getting more nutrients than I was before, and it actually sustains me for 3 or more hours!¬† I can blend it up, pour it up and drink it up in less time than it used to take me to locate all of the ingredients I needed for my previous smoothies.¬† WINNING!

I’m a Hot Mess!

So I’m doing Chalean Extreme workouts and alternating with TurboFire. ¬†I honestly can’t believe what a good workout I am getting. ¬†I’ve been a runner for years, but these programs are so challenging! ¬†I think maybe it’s just new for me, and so my body is kind of freaking out a little. ¬†That is a good thing! ¬†My muscles are confused and so am I (most of the time…lol). ¬†I come upstairs when I’m finished and scare my husband and children. ¬†I am literally a hot mess! ¬†A hot SWEATY mess! ¬†Image

My Life is Exercise

We had some fun taking ¬†these pictures, but it’s not far from reality. ¬†I was making the point that I like to dress for my workout first thing in the morning. ¬†For one, it holds me accountable all day to get in my workout. ¬†But, given the amount of activity that my daily life requires, it is just a necessity! ¬†It just makes sense to be dressed and ready for anything!

Plight of the busy mom

It’s a challenge everyday to fit everything in!¬† As a mom of four, I am forever busy!¬† We are always on the go to lessons, practices, classes, etc. etc.¬† Add that to shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. etc…WHAT ABOUT ME?!¬† I wake up most everyday, put on my workout clothes and hit the ground running.¬† I don’t often get my workout done in the morning…I’ve never been a morning person.¬† I also have always had some low blood sugar issues, so I feel like I can’t workout until I’ve eaten a little something.¬† By the time I eat and digest…the morning window of opportunity has passed.¬† I usually end up fitting it in after dinner.¬† The kids are busy playing with friends or busy doing something…and it’s my opportunity to have about an hour to myself.¬† I truly enjoy my workout time, because it’s the one hour a day where I truly just focus on ME!¬† It’s the one time of day I ask the kids to let me have the space and time to get it done.¬† I like to put on my headphones and focus on the tasks at hand.¬† When I’m done…I’m re-energized and ready for the evening routines:¬† getting kids ready for bed and such.¬† And finally…I can relax and spend some time with my husband, review the busy day, plan for tomorrow, or¬†watch a game or some news on t.v.¬† I feel better and sleep better when I carve out that “Me”-time, and everyone in my family¬†benefits from it!¬† Trust me.