I hope you each had a wonderful weekend and have had a good start to this new week. Even thought I have been writing less, I am still thinking of you throughout every day. I truly hope that you are finding your way along your own journey and fighting the good fight. I know it is hard. Believe me ... I know. These past few weeks have been pretty rough and they have definitely affected the momentum of my journey. Notice I used the word "momentum" and not "drive", "progress", "hope", "resolve", or any other words like those. This has not been a giving up by any means ... just a slowing down. Such is life. I believe as long as we are fighting, putting in the effort, and doing our best to better ourselves and the world, then we are right on track.
I saw this on Pinterest the other day and it definitely caught my attention...
Enlightening thought, right? So, no giving up, Gnawers ... Nope. We've got this! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and remember your reasons for starting this journey in the first place.
Well, speaking of enlightening ... tonight's dinner is adapted from a recipe for Quick Kale and Quinoa Minestrone that I found on the Enlightened Cooking blog. I was not wanting to cook tonight. Not at all really. I literally had to put one foot in front of the other just to get my ass from the couch to the kitchen (I can't help but think of the movie What About Bob? ... baby steps to the kitchen ... baby steps to the stove ...). I knew I needed to cook. I picked the easiest recipe I could find off of my list for the week and got cooking. I was surprised by how quickly I was done making this. Super fast and super easy. It tasted great too! It turned out to be a hearty Italian soup rich in flavor. It reminded me of a soup my grandmother used to make when I was a kid. The smell in my house took me right back to sitting on a bar stool and sipping lemonade in her kitchen while she made me lunch. Very comforting. This recipe also made a lot, enough to serve 6-8 people. Even better? The ingredients are all relatively cheap, making for a quick budget friendly meal. Pretty sweet, eh?
One Pot Quinoa and Kale Minestrone Soup (Vegan)
- 1 teaspoon cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press
- 10 cups kale, stems removed
- 2 cans organic diced tomatoes (don't drain)
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 8 cups vegetable broth
- 1-2 tablespoons Italian herb seasoning (or to taste)
- 2 cans cannellini beans
- sea salt to taste
- crushed black pepper to taste
1. Heat oil over medium-high in a large soup pot. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes.
2. Add kale and cook for another minute (kale will not cook down very much during this time).
3. Add tomatoes with juice, quinoa, vegetable broth, and Italian herbs and stir well. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes (or until quinoa is cooked), stirring occasionally.
4. Pour one can of cannellini beans into a bowl and mash well with a fork. Add the mashed beans and the second can of whole beans to the pot. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until soup is slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve and enjoy!!!
I am glad I got myself cooking tonight. Dinner was great and I feel better about myself and my day. Sometimes it just takes a tiny push (or a giant shove ... whatever). Just promise yourself you will make one small change tomorrow. Any change, no matter how small, is movement. You can be very proud of that! Until next time, dear Gnawers ... take good care of you!!!
PS: I have been having some problems with my site lately and have been unable to respond to comments. It makes my computer freeze after responding to one or two. I think it is an internet problem, Anyway, please do not think I am ignoring you! I will answer each and every one of you as soon this gets worked out! Thanks for your patience. :)