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I was feeling a little down………. so I made soup. It seems to be a sure way to improve the mood. I recommend it.
Using a 2 quart pot, I splashed in a half cup or so of vegetable broth. Added in (rough-cut): small onion, a stalk of celery (with some celery leaves), one large carrot, 2 medium potatoes, a stalk of bok choy, and one fresh tomato (from our garden–happy day). I let each vegetable simmer while I cut up the remaining vegetables and added them in one at a time in the order given.
I sprinkled in some dried: basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley flakes and cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. About a half teaspoon of each if I had to make a guess but probably more like an eighth of a teaspoon of the cayenne for my taste). Then I pressed a large clove of fresh garlic and stirred it into the mix.
I gradually added in more vegetable broth for a total of about a quart. Then I threw in a 15 ounce can of organic Cannellini beans — liquid and all.
This is really just to give an idea of how to come up with a quick and easy and delicious vegetable soup. You can add in (or leave out) anything you like (or don’t like).
Basil, Oregeno, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Parsley Flakes, Salt, Black Pepper
This is a picture of how this recipe looked when we made it. I highly recommend FORKS OVER KNIVES COOKBOOK for simple and healthy and tasty recipes. I didn’t think something with so few ingredients could possibly taste good. I was wrong
- 1 POUND FRESH ASPARAGUS, TRIMMED AND CUT INTO 1-INCH PIECES
- 1 RED BELL PEPPER, CUT INTO 1/4-INCH THICK SLIVERS
- 8 OUNCES CREMINI MUSHROOMS, THINLY SLICED
- 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
- 1 TABLESPOON BRAGG LIQUID AMINOS
- HEAT A LARGE SKILLET OVER HIGH HEAT AND ADD THE ASPARAGUS, BELL PEPPER, AND MUSHROOMS. STIR-FRY FOR 4 TO 5 MINUTES, ADDING WATER 1 TO 2 TABLESPOONS AT A TIME TO KEEP THE VEGETABLES FROM STICKING. ADD THE GARLIC AND COOK ANOTHER MINUTE. ADD THE LIQUID AMINOS AND TOSS WELL. SERVE IMMEDIATELY.
MY NOTE: YOU CAN USE ANY KIND OF MUSHROOMS – WE USED WHITE BUTTON MUSHROOMS THE FIRST TIME.
FROM FORKS OVER KNIVES: "STIR FRYING IS AN ASIAN TECHNIQUE FOR COOKING MEAT AND VEGETABLES QUICKLY
SO THAT THEY RETAIN THEIR TEXTURE AND FLAVOR. IN THIS RECIPE YOU CAN BE
CREATIVE AND SUBSTITUTE OTHER VEGETABLES, SUCH AS SNOW PEAS AND FRESH,
THINLY SLICED CARROTS, FOR THE ASPARAGUS."
Leftover whipped cream and leftover fruit salad make a simple and delicious and beautiful dessert.
I’m consistently trying to figure things out
I wonder and wander through pages of doubt
After resolving an issue or two
Seventeen others arise into view
It’s exasperating and challenging and stupid and fun
with all sorts of emotions rolled into one
Mostly, I’m grateful for how things unfold
It could all wind up tragic
if truth would be told
Surely that’s life
It goes up
It goes down
My goal is to greet it with less of a frown
We are all kinds of brave as we face-off each trial
and our arms are wide open as life kicks us a smile
I want to get back to the mind set when I was a kid and didn’t worry about who got elected and what could go wrong because of it.
I would like to be informed but detached from the outcome.
Bewitched, bothered and befuddled am I!
It’s over 90 degrees
in the sun and the shade
It’s way too hot
but I’ve got it made
Attitude is improving
as my spirits revive and
soak up sensations of
All things will pass
for bad or for good
I want to remember
(You’d think that I would)
to embrace all the fine stuff
and weather the rough
This is my time
and this is my place;
may I engage with some gusto
and a smidgen of grace