Find a Way Not an Excuse {Motivation Monday}

What is it you really, really want right now? Be real with yourself for a minute. Are you working hard and fast towards achieving your goals and dreams? Or, do you find that it’s “impossible” to do so due to a current situation or external reasons outside of your control?

Find a Way Not an Excuse {Motivation Monday}

In the wise words of Jen Sincero:

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”

We’ve all been there. As an idea person, I always have plenty of ideas, goals, and dreams I’m thinking about…at all times. Sometimes, I hear myself making excuses why I’m not further along on them. “Oh that idea? Well, I haven’t had the time to ______.” Does that one sound familiar? That’s one of my favorite excuses. I used to use it as quite the crutch, but I now recognize it for the excuse that it is. I know the truth is that if I was serious about working on something, I’d work on it. I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again. Of course, there’s always the balance of prioritization and being realistic about my time and to-dos. But, it’s good to be aware of when I’m making excuses. Then, I know it’s time to remind myself to find a way, not an excuse.

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

I was hungry, but I didn’t feel like cooking or getting take out. Actually, after all the recent traveling, I simply didn’t have a lot of ingredients in the house to make much of anything. So, cooking just meant an extra stop for groceries. After working at the 9-to-5, teaching dance fitness, and doing a toning class, I was ready to eat and sleep. It was about 8:30pm when I decided to stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home since they generally have some good ready-to-eat options. I was thinking a frozen dinner may be in my near future.

As I entered the store, though, I decided to stop by the prepared foods section (near the produce) when something caught my eye – fresh tortellini. The weather was nasty outside. A storm had rolled in while I was teaching dance class with a flash of lightening that was so bright it made me jump. Immediately after that, half the lights in the building went out causing me to worry we were about to lose power and end class early. Luckily, the power held, but the rainy weather was making me think of cozy comfort food in the form of soup. Good bye frozen dinner. Hello, Easy Tortellini Soup recipe. If only I knew how easy and tasty this would be, I would have made this sooner!

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

With the package of tortellini tucked away in my shopping basket, I moved down to the produce section. I found pretty much everything else I needed to make the easiest soup I’ve ever concocted there. I first found a package of mirepoix, which is my favorite soup base. This option contained onions, carrots, and celery all chopped fine. I also snagged a bag of washed and chopped kale and fresh English peas. Sure, I could have just put the mirepoix and pasta in this Easy Tortellini Soup recipe, but I wanted to amp up the health-factor with more vegetables. With all the pre-prepped ingredients, it seemed like a no-brainer.

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

I was starting to get excited about dinner. I was going to have a tasty soup that required very little effort. No cutting board, no knife, no excess dishes to wash. And I only needed one pot and a big spoon to stir it all together.

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

Not only was the tortellini soup pretty much the easiest soup recipe I’ve ever done, it was also ready so quickly! When you’re cooking at the end of the day, you want something fast and simple, and I had the perfect solution simmering away on my stove. The added bonus was that it made enough for hubby to have some and for me to pack away several servings to freeze for future, even faster dinners. Woohoo!

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe
 
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I also like to call this “Lazy Gal’s Quick Tortellini Soup”. Thanks to Trader Joe’s you can have this soup ready in 30 minutes without having to break out a cutting board or break a sweat. There are so many great, pre-prepped veggies at TJ’s, I was able to amp up the health factor by adding lots of greenery. I’ve also included notes for how to replicate some of the ingredients if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby or if you just feel like making things fully from scratch.
*Vegetarian if you use vegetarian tortellini*
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 14.5-ounce container Trader Joe’s Mirepoix (or sub 1 small onion, 2-3 stalks of celery, and 2 large carrots, chopped small)
  • 1 32-ounce container vegetable broth (or sub broth of choice)
  • 2 cups of water, plus more as/if needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or sub 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped fine)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more as needed to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, plus more as needed to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 package tortellini of choice (I used cheese)
  • 4 cups chopped kale (I used about half a bag of ready-to-use tuscan kale from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 package Trader Joe’s fresh English peas (or sub 2 cups frozen peas)
  • fresh or dried parsley, optional for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil. When the oil is heated, add the mirepoix and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, water, bay leaf, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in tortellini and kale and cook following the cook time on the tortellini package.
  4. Stir in peas and cook for 90 seconds, or until they’re cooked and heated through. Taste test and add salt and/or pepper, as needed.
  5. Serve in bowls and garnish with parsley, if using. Serve with whole grain toast or crackers.
Notes
Note 1: switching the tortellini flavor can change the flavor profile of this whole soup. Experiment and see which one you like best!



Note 2: This recipe should make roughly 6-8 servings. If you have leftovers, place them into individual storage containers and freeze them for an even easier, even faster dinner for another busy weeknight.

I hope you enjoy this Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m always on the lookout for an easy and fast weeknight dinner. What do you usually make after a long day? I think I’ve asked about this before, but you guys always have new tips up your sleeves!

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