Unless you have been living under a large rock for the past few years, you are likely familiar with the health food turned hipster snack craze of kale chips. And, let me just go ahead and tell you- they are worth the hype. I, for one, am borderline obsessed with the crunchy green delights despite the fact that my kitchen stinks for days after a batch.
The greatest things about kale chips- they are both healthy and delicious! My recipe is easy to follow and sure to please any crowd.
Armed with a boatload of fresh vegetables from my trip to the farmer's market and a serious need for more greens in my life, I decided to make a vegetable soup. Not just any vegetable soup though, one that is vegan, hearty and mouth watering good. The final result? A soup that even my meat loving husband enjoyed (major accomplishment in my book as his version of veggie soup has big hunks of beef floating in it).
1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed (this gets rid of excess sodium)
1 can green lentils
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 bell pepper (whichever color you like)
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 cup okra
1/4 cup chopped onions
2 lg. garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of Asian greens (though any greens will do-kale, collards, etc.)
1 cup cooked whole wheat pasta
2 vegetable bouillon cubes
1/2 tablespoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 bay leaves
Frank Red Hot Sauce
** secret ingredient** shhhh....don't tell- truffle oil
Over medium-high heat, sweat out the onions and pepper. Add the okra, garlic and tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes. Add canned ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and add bouillon, bay leaves, greens, and pasta.
Resist the temptation to raise the smoking hot spoon full of soup to your mouth and allow the flavors to dance in the pot. Allow soup to simmer for 7-10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce.
Garnish with a drizzle of truffle oil ( I used white). The oil is sure to add richness and depth to the soup.
Serve with pan con tomate and enjoy! I will post my recipe (super simple) for pan con tomate soon, it's a beloved Spanish dish that I always serve with soup. I hope that you enjoy this soup as much as I do, it's a vegetarian soup that is sure to even please the meat eaters in your life. Cheers!
Have I mentioned that I am currently training for my first marathon? Yes, all of that time that I should have spent working on this blog I have been hitting the pavement. It's tough to believe that I am actually winding down my training, with only one long run left! If somebody had told me 6 months ago that I would be easily (well sort of easily) running 18 miles alone, I would have laughed out loud. It is amazing what you can accomplish with a little training.
I am running to raise money for a cause that is very dear to my heart- the ASPCA (The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). As a lifelong vegetarian and animal lover, I think it is important to help those without a voice. If you feel so inspired, please hop on over to my fundraising site and check it out. I certainly don't expect you to donate, but I would be so appreciative if you did.
Happy Saturday, friends! Fall weekends in the south mean only one thing-football. Gameday in Athens, GA is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The truth is that I don't even care who wins as I am more of a tailgate with delicious food and hang out with friends than a screamin' fan type of girl. That said, the energy in Athens is truly contagious. Go Dawgs!
There are some things that without fail, make for a fabulous tailgate party. Food is obviously the most important thing (along with beverages) and you can read more about my favorite tailgating at home tips here. Lately, and by lately I mean the last five years, I have been on a huge hummus kick. Give me some chunky chickpea deliciousness, some salty pita chips and I am one happy hostess! As a vegetarian, I have to rely on beans to get my protein and hummus is one way that I do so.
Hummus, served with pretzels, pita chips and/or vegetables, makes a wonderful addition to any tailgate spread. I make my own hummus (very simple to do and much less expensive than the store bought variety) and truthfully, the recipe varies every single time. Below you will find my recipe for my latest delicious batch. Happy gameday friends!
It's no small secret that I have a stationary habit, or perhaps I should say that I have a little stationary addiction. In fact, my husband issued a moratorium about a year ago on the purchase of new cards and I have yet to run out. Sad! While email is a wonderful means of communication, nothing replaces an actual note via snail mail.
I am always on the hunt (shhh...) for new stationary and these latest finds on Etsy are absolutely fabulous!
Image via the charming Oh Louise Designs. I love how the cards can be personalized with various patterns and cheerful colors. Check out her site for a treasure trove of delightful items.
Who doesn't love some good bunting? I love the green and white floral pattern pictured above. I think that these cards would be perfect for a thinking of you note, a way to celebrate the ordinary. Check out these gems and more at Rainy Day Colors Etsy shop.
I don't know about you, but I have the travel bug big time! There is nothing that I enjoy more than visiting a new place, exploring the food, art and culture. If I can't hop a plane and Bourdain is not on TV, these cards might just be the next best thing. Why not fly on over and buy a bunch at LSquared Design? Your friends will thank you!
Hello! I hope that all of you ( cannot believe that I actually still have readers after being such a rotten blogger here lately---->you are so appreciated!!) had a fabulous Fourth of July! I had a really wonderful day that started at the crack of dawn with a 10K race in Lexington, KY. It was a great race and lots of fun to see all of the families, dogs and cheering people along the route.
I have to admit that I have always been a little leery of overly thematic foods but yesterday, I decided to toss that old fear out of the window and make a cake bursting with Americana :). I give you, the Barefoot Contessa's Flag Cake. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly and it can be found here. Gotta love Ina!
The final result? A pretty little thing (in my humble opinion) but the cake itself failed totally in the taste factor. This was totally my fault and should in no way be reflection of IG's skills, obviously. I blame the epic failure on using my mom's oven and not my own :). Seriously though, I let the white cake cook too long and this resulted in a dry and overall pretty gross cake. That said, it sure was patriotic and after a few beers who really noticed anyway!