Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Well-Together Challenge

Now that school is in full swing, it seems we are always on the go. From taking our oldest to and from preschool, being a stay-at-home-mom during the day, renovating a house, training for a marathon, and working a job at night, finding time to cook healthy meals is often a challenge. When you mix in a husband who works an opposite schedule, making a meal that everyone can enjoy at various dinner times is even more difficult. We seem to me stuck in a rut of the same meals week after week and I will admit that they are not always the most balanced in nutrition. 

I recently joined Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's Well-Together Challenge. In an effort to encourage others to try new things within the realm of fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and living, the Well-Together Challenge partners two individuals from different health channels to improve their lives by encouraging each other to add something new to their day-to-day schedule.

I am very excited to be partnered with Elle from Elle's New England Kitchen. On her blog, Elle has something for everyone, from snacks and desserts (check out these ice cream recipes!), to full meals for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. My challenge from Elle is to try to add one or two recipes a week onto our menu for a month, meals that are easy to prepare and will satisfy every member of my family. I'm fortunate to have two kids that are not very picky eaters, so I should be able to try out some great meals!

This week, I will be making Elle's Supreme Pizza Soup

Photo courtesy Elle's New England Kitchen

This recipe is perfect for my family in so many ways! Making pizza (from scratch, I might add...including the crust), is one meal that we make every week. The days and nights are getting pretty chilly here in Maine and soup can really hit the spot. The fact that it can be made ahead of time, is great as leftovers, and that both of my boys LOVE soup, not to mention they will get a kick out of the alphabet noodles, makes me confident that this will be a winner!

Stay tuned for my next post for the Well-Together Challenge where I'll let you know how successful this meal was, along with my meal challenges for the next week! In the meantime, I welcome you to check out all the recipes and information at Elle's New England Kitchen, as well as how she is doing in my yoga fitness challenge to her!

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn.


  1. I like this idea of trying to add something new to the menu lineup. I definitely am a creature of habit, but it's great to get in some different nutrients!

  2. It's great to be working with you, Carrie!

  3. What a fun challenge. I love the pizza soup idea. I wonder if my picky eaters will eat it??? Worth a shot. But I do know that they will gobble up that Pumpkin Braided Bread!!! YUM!


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