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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Not much cooking going on here.

Sorry for the lack of posts, but we have had so much going on and most of it has not been in the kitchen. As you can see simple meals have been on the menu. Steamed yellow squash, my new love beet green's, and nooch! I can't live without Nutritional Yeast, pure and simple it rocks! Oh and the beets that came with these greens have already been devoured. :o)

Unfortunately the next couple weeks will also be simple meal because DH had to fly to Texas to be with his dad that took a terrible fall. He blacked out and fell fracturing almost every bone in his face. He is in ICU awaiting different surgeries. Dad is 85 so this is very scary. All of you out there that have a connection with Heaven, please send up your prayers. I am home with the fur kids pretty much just eating veggies and trying to keep busy.

PS - Look at this little grandson of mine, isn't he just the cutest little man you ever did see?

Check out the action on Brandie's blog. Jr. is moving now!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Technical Difficulties but I am still here.

Sorry for being away for so long. My camera decided to no longer work and DH was redoing the office so things were a bit crazy. Needless to say not much creative cooking going on and I didn't want to bore you with tons of grand baby pictures. :o) I did try a new recipe from Bryanna and it is fantastic! It is quick and very low fat. I took this picture with my phone, which seemed to work better than I thought. Oh, after the picture the noodles had soaked up the sauce so I added more. This stuff is so addicting!

Also, DH is going to til the garden this weekend and get ready to plant. Here are the last of the carrots. I hope the weather holds and we get some broccoli, carrot, and lettuce seeds started on Saturday.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

January is National Soup Month

I hope everyone is having a wonderful new year so far. I got a newsletter from our church today along with some soup recipes and low and behold January is National Soup Month. There was a Curried Lentil Soup recipe that peeked my interest. I changed it a bit, cut the recipe in half, and have named it Curried Lentil Stew. It is thick and tasty. I just had a bowl and I bet you anything it would be fantastic over rice. Here we have it served it my VEGAN bowl courtesy of our sweet daughter. Thanks Brandie!

Curried Lentil Stew
1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium carrots, cut in 1/2 inch rounds
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/3 cup or 76 grams dried green lentils
1 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cups of No-Chicken broth
5 ounces or 142 grams of frozen green beans
Add sweet potatoes, carrots, onion, green beans, and lentils to your 4 to 6 quart slow cooker.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, ginger root, and garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, add the broth, mix, and add to the crock pot. Give it a good stir, pop on the lid, and visit in a couple hours to see how your lentils and veggies are doing. Mine took about 4 hours and I used my small crock pot.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Traditions, where would we be without them?

Like many of you in blogging land, I too grew up eating black eyed peas on New Years Day. My mom always made them with a ham hock, which was always disgusting to me, therefor creating in me bad memories. Going vegan has given me a great love for these one eyed beauties. This year hubby said can we have corn bread too? Well, I came up with the great idea to have black eyed pea tacos. Hey we still get the peas and the corn. :o) It seems to me that I saw a similar combination, black beans and butternut squash, on one of my blogging buddies post, but can't remember who. Anyway to who ever it was, Thank you!!!!

This years creation was so good. I called Brandie to let her know what I was having and she too said that sounds so good! They may be simple, but after the busy Christmas time, simple was just what the doctor ordered.

Corn tortillas heated in a dry skillet and filled with black eyed peas, baked butternut squash, tomatoes, and avocado. Mouth watering good!

May your black eyed peas bring you great wealth this year!