Quinoa Minestrone + good news

It’s Wednesday! How’s your week going?

Mine took a turn for the better yesterday.  It’s funny… I didn’t realize how much stress I had been under until some of it was lifted.  Has that ever happened to you?

We learned yesterday that the adoption agency agreed to refund a pro-rated amount of our money.  What a HUGE answer to prayer, as we felt it was an extremely unjust situation but didn’t want to take legal action.  It feels like a huge weight has been lifted- the stress was not so much whether or not we got our money back, as it was simply having this issue unresolved with them and trying to determine the best steps forward.

And more good news! In terms of my work, I will continue to accept virtual clients but I’ve been working hard to get connected in our new town and had several exciting responses yesterday:

  • the yoga academy I met with approved my workshop series proposal and my first one is at the end of the month
  • had a great brainstorming session with an awesome local holistic sports doctor about some exciting ways we can work together (plus he;s going to look at my ankle and has an Alter G treadmill I could use!)
  • I was invited to participate in a 6 week internship to be trained in the healing properties of essential oils- I am psyched about this, as I’ve been wanting to replace our “medicine cabinet” with natural products and be able to train interested clients in them as well

After the big move, the failed adoption attempt, the failed pregnancy and the angry ankle, I realized it’s been awhile since I’ve had some good news.  🙂

So since it’s Wednesday, here’s a peak at my eats and a silly girl who found a new favorite hiding spot:

WIAW November 5

[Bfast: 2 eggs, leftover quinoa and sweet potatoes, + half avocado; Lunch: Quinoa Minestrone + chocolate chia pudding; Snack: Apple slices with cinnamon + cashews and raisins; Dinner: Roasted brussel sprouts, broiled tofu, tuna, kalamata olives, feta and evoo + dark chocolate and unpictured homemade popcorn]

And the yummy soup we had this week:

Quinoa Minestrone Soup

Quinoa Minestrone

by Mommy, Run Fast



  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced thinly
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 5 Tbsp fresh or 5 tsp dry each of: basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, and rosemary
  • 3 c. veggie or chicken broth
  • 19 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. edamame, frozen
  • 15 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. frozen spinach or 2-3 cups fresh
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked quinoa (about 3/4 c. dry cooked in 1 1/2 c. water or broth)
  • fresh pepper, salt and fresh Parmesan cheese to garnish


Heat the oil and saute onion and carrots for 5 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and herbs to the onions and stir constantly for 1-2 more minutes. Add broth, beans, and veggies and bring to a boil, then cut back the heat and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook quinoa in a separate saucepan. Add cooked quinoa to soup and simmer a few more minutes. Top with fresh ground pepper, salt to taste, and cheese, if desired.

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The spices make this soup so good, I don’t think it needs any salt.  But if you are used to salting your food, you will probably want to add some.  I like this soup as a delicious gluten free alternative to traditional minestrone made with pasta.  Seconds are even better the next day.


How many times have you moved? Have you ever been stressed out without realizing it until the stressful issue was resolved?

45 thoughts on “Quinoa Minestrone + good news

  1. I’m very happy to hear all of this great news from you! Uplifting for sure! I get exactly the same way: I don’t realize the full magnitude of stress until it is lifted: kind of like running into the wind and not realizing how hard it was until you turn around and are blown home! Eats look great as always! Quinoa is playing a starring role in my diet lately too.
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  2. I’m so glad that there is some great news showering your family!!! The recipe looks so yummy! I’m nervous to try quinoa again…I had a HUGE adversion to it when I was pregnant with Aub that I couldn’t even look at it! I haven’t had any since!
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  3. So happy for you and all of your good news – you definitely needed some!!! It is funny how you don’t even always realize how much stress you have until some of it is lifted off – must be the mind/bodies way of protecting you!
    Congrats on all of your new career opportunities – sounds like things are really taking off for you in your new location!!!
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  4. Aw–so glad you got so much good news to start the week! Big relief for you, I’m sure. I am excited to see how you and this doc figure out the ankle, too. I am feeling good about your Phila. start!

    You and Angela have hooked me up with a couple of great soup recipes these week–my favorite!
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  5. SO happy for you! Yes to good news! Sometimes the world gives us storms and we must weather them, but it sure is nice to see the rainbow and sunny skies after a long winter, isn’t it? Love you!!! xoxo
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  6. Wow, so much is going on in your world right now! You all have been on my heart and in my mind often during the last few months. Love ya and glad for some resolution with the adoption contract.

  7. Very happy for your good news! Hoping that all of your stressors start lifting one by one! We just moved across town, and I actually started to get sick because of all the stress/not exercising/eating bad food, so I can imagine that with everything going on in your life, it feels amazing to exhale a bit.
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  8. So happy for you! I will have moved four times in the last year. I know I’ll stop complaining about it. I honestly think once I physically move I’ll be so much less stressed out now. I don’t feel stressed but I know I’m chronically stressed if that makes sense.
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  9. Hurrah for good news! I am so happy for you!! People say, new marriage, new job and moving are the top 3 stressors in a person’s life.
    I predict yet another good news will be coming in 2 weeks: Laura re-qualifies for Boston with a huge marathon PR!
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  10. Wow what a blessing. So glad they decided to refund the money:) Moving is so stressful. When I was in college I moved 5 or 6 times in 3 years. Ugh! Glad at least some of the stress has been lifted:)
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  11. Oh yay Laura!! I’m so happy for you and your family. I’m glad that the issue with the adoption agency has resolved. And congrats on all the awesome opportunities! I’m super curious about essential oils and can’t wait to hear what you learn!
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  12. I’m so happy that things have worked out for you and your family! That is awesome about the local business opportunities, too! I need to do the same thing with some of our local businesses.

    I have definitely been stressed and didn’t realize it until things were resolved. It’s funny how things happen like that!
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