Recipe Box, Cold Weather Comfort Bowls

Here are a couple recipes to keep you cozy as the days grow colder~

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I am sharing 2 recipes today because they are both so simple, so quick and easy~

One is not really a recipe, and the other one isn’t my recipe, I just borrowed it…  ^^’

As much as I love sweets, I don’t like anything sweet for breakfast, not even fruit in cereal or jam on toast.  So I decided to jazz up oatmeal with some PB2, powdered peanut butter


PB2 has all the peanut butter flavor minus the fat and calories, woo hoo!


Stir 1 or 2 Tablespoons  into milk or water and add the oats.  Microwave according to package directions


It looks like melted chunky peanut butter!


Delicious!!  A fast and easy healthy breakfast that will warm you up

PB2 is widely available now, look for it near the peanut butter on the grocery shelf.  I have used it in Peanut Butter and Celery Soup and Amazing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, it is pretty fabulous stuff!

This Pear and Butternut Squash Soup is equally easy and amazing

pear and squash soup

I first saw this over at Home is Where the Boat is.  Mary’s photos will get your mouth watering~


You roast all the ingredients together on a baking sheet~pears, butternut squash, tomatoes, garlic and leeks


Strange bedfellows you may be thinking [me too!]


The leeks, tomatoes and garlic balance out the sweetness of the squash and pears


Once the ingredients are roasted put them in a large sauce pan with 4cups of chicken broth


Now here’s the fun part~


use an immersion blender and in a minute you will have a thick fragrant soup~


No cream involved in this magic golden velvety mix, just broth and fresh vegetables!

roasted vegetable soup

I garnished mine with Buttery Almonds

Buttery Almonds

These sweet and savory almonds are a wonderful addition to salads, vegetables and party dips. They only take a few minutes to make and can be stored in a jar and will stay fresh for weeks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • kosher salt


  • Saute almond slices in a large skillet in butter and Olive oil over medium heat
  • Sprinkle the nuts liberally with brown sugar and Kosher salt.
  • The brown sugar will melt and caramelize on the nuts. Stir often and watch carefully so the nuts don’t burn. Don't walk away, this literally only takes 3-4 minutes
  • When they have begun to brown turn out onto wax paper or foil to cool. Store in a jar in your pantry or freezer. Makes 2 cups.


I buy the almonds in bulk at Costco and keep the big bag in the freezer. I make a fresh jar of these every few weeks to be handy for cooking.
Keyword almonds, buttery almonds, sweet and savory almonds

Pretty please, pop over to Mary’s here for the recipe

She serves it in a hollowed out tiger stripe pumpkin bowl,  garnished with bacon, walnuts and bleu cheese…

sigh…. perfect~

I hope you enjoy a bowl of comfort soon!


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11 Responses to “Recipe Box, Cold Weather Comfort Bowls”
  1. Lynn says:

    The soup sure sounds good Jenna, love the color too:@)

  2. Mary says:

    HI Jenna, I’m glad you liked the soup! It’s shockingly good I think for the combo of ingredients and healthy too. I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal for breakfast but I love the idea of adding the peanut butter flavor and maybe a few slices of banana too 🙂

  3. That soup looks incredible. I think I have most everything, and I am definitely giving it a try today.

  4. chrisscheuer says:

    I’ve never heard of PB2 but I’m intrigued! Love your soup, it sounds wonderful!

  5. Kim says:

    I sure wish I had an immersion blender. These warm dishes both look delicious – and just in time for our cool weather coming later this week. I’ve never seen PB2, but that’s a wonderful solution to cutting fat and calories. I’ll have to look for it since I might get hooked on regular PB and oatmeal. Don’t know why I’ve never thought to add PB to oats before. That reminds me…when my kids were young and I made Rice Krispie Treats, I always added a little PB. I haven’t liked the regular treats since. How about a little PB2 in them?

  6. CraftyHope says:

    Oh, how you make me long for liking oatmeal. (It’s a texture thing. I love it in granola and cookies and other crunchy/baked items, but make it as it’s supposed to be made and I just can’t handle it. It’s the mush.) I love the idea of adding the PB2. I’ve got loads of it for smoothies but haven’t found other uses for it yet. This is great! Thank you.

  7. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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