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As soon as I was finished making the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins with the Tropical Traditions coconut oil, I knew I needed to make something savory with it – and soon.

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Thankfully, the season for soup is here! While we’re having some unreasonably warm weather this week, last week had a few evenings that were practically begging for a big pot of soup, bubbling on the stovetop.

When it’s already dark once we get home from work…I want soup.

And this, being my first time ever using red lentils, may be my new favorite.

Red Lentil, Couscous, and Kale Soup

  • 1.5 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous (I used Israeli – it’s doughy!)
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  1. In large pot, heat coconut oil and olive oil.
  2. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in seasonings and tomato paste and let cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add in lentils, broth, and water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and let cook 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in couscous and kale and let cook 10-15 minutes more or until lentils and couscous are cooked.
  7. Stir in coconut milk.
  8. Serve, topped with cashews or peanuts.

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I loved how the soup had great spice but wasn’t too hot. If you love hot and spicy foods, it would be delicious with a sprinkling of crushed red pepper or Sriracha hot sauce.

And while Nick doesn’t normally add the peanuts or cashews, I love the added crunch they gave to the thick soup, tender lentils, and soft couscous.

 

Have you ever cooked with red lentils?

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Local Flavor

Nick and I are just too cute   🙂  Both on the couch, sitting with our laptops. Of course, he’s working on his dissertation and I’m blogging, but whatever!

I was hungry this afternoon!

I ate my snack of one of our golden jubliee tomatoes + homemade guac.

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That held for me about 30 minutes, so then I broke into this.

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yum. A slice of apple pie is always a good afternoon snack.

I had a lot of phone calls today at work, which is a little strange for me. It made for a weird day. Other than that, work was work for a Wednesday.

The family that bought the truck came by to pick it up today after work and one of their little girls totally made my day. I know kids often say things without thinking and I’ve heard some funny stuff before, but when they say something sweet, it just melts ya’! When the family was leaving, one of their little girls (she might have been 4 or 5?) leaned over in the car and told her mom “she’s pretty”, so when the mom turned back around to wave goodbye to us, she said back to her daughter “yeah, she is pretty”.

*blush* Seriously? I needed that today. I’ve been bloaty mccramperson the past couple of days which doesn’t make me feel too hot, so it just made my day. cute little girl.

I was excited for dinner tonight – almost everything was local!

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I got the best zucchini at the farmer’s market this weekend. These little ones are so cute! I couldn’t wait to use them.

I sliced up all of these zucchini, 3 tomatoes from our garden, a pepper from our garden , and a small red onion.

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I love that everything but the onion was either from our garden or our farmer’s market! Erin would be proud  🙂

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I layered the following in a 9×13 pan:

  • chicken breast topped with salt, pepper, garlic powder, dijon + whole grain mustard
  • zucchini
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • pepper
  • more salt, pepper, garlic powder and some thyme

Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

While that was in the oven, I cooked some Israeli couscous on the stovetop with some onion, garlic, and parsley. We love Israeli couscous. So doughy and delicious. And whole grain mustard is good on just about anything.

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These veggies were so good! Wanna know the best thing? The zucchini actually tasted like zucchini. Not like the zucchini I used to get at the grocery store that really don’t taste like anything. Local produce is the best.

I’ve got a book to start tonight, but I’ve made a HUGE list of all your suggestions to take to the library over the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait! All of the suggestions sound great, so thanks!

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I have so many fun pictures today! Both fun to look at and ones that were just fun to take  🙂

But first! Look what we saw while we were eating lunch!!!

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Little known fact about me: I. love. groundhogs.

I know, I know….they dig up yards, yadda, yadda. We don’t have them in our yard, though, and I just think they are so cute and pudgy and fuzzy and I get so excited whenever I see them around here. My record so far is seeing 8 in one day! Impressive, huh?  🙂

We also ran over to Sonic at lunch because I really wanted a light cherry limeade for some reason, so that’s what I got. I hadn’t been to a sonic in forever. I actually used to go just about every afternoon in college for their “happy hour” 1/2 price drink specials. That’s where a lot of my laundry quarters went, no surprise.

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It hit the spot and was a great way to end lunch.

I brought a good snack today since I knew I would be running after work. I bought this new trail mix the other night and brought it to have with my last Oikos! 😦 Please, Oikos, go back on sale! I just can’t afford you at your normal prices.

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This trail mix has whole raw almonds, slivered almonds, raisins, craisins, and dark chocolate chunks – it was the perfect yogurt topping. I can’t wait to try it on oatmeal!

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We had a good run today. We actually ran over the river on this pretty steep bridge, so my pace was a little slower on the way out than it was on the way back in. I was so excited today because I looked at my garmin on the way back DOWN the bridge and my pace was 8:22! That is crazy! I haven’t run that fast since like 5th grade. I can’t keep it at that pace yet, but it’s nice to know that it wasn’t horrible being there, you know?

After getting back, stretching, and taking showers, I got started on a quick dinner.

I was so happy to be able to use this beautiful rainbow chard I got from the market.

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I found this great sounding stew in one of my Eating Well magazines, but I modified it to be more of a “one pot” dish than a stew – it turned out great!

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I mostly followed the recipe, using a huge bunch of my rainbow chard which wilted down like crazy!

The only difference is that I added 1 cup of Israeli couscous to the boiling water/broth and let that cook almost all the way before stirring in the chard. Serve once the greens are cooked. Easy!

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The flavors in this dish were awesome with the chard. The chile paste made it spicy, and I love the warmth that ginger gives to a dish. Definitely a keeper.

Then, my strawberry sundae happened.

But it wasn’t any sundae.

It was life changing.

That’s right – I made Gena’s banana soft serve after seeing and hearing all the rave reviews.

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This stuff was so good and super creamy! I cannot believe that this is only bananas. It really has the texture of soft serve ice cream.

I topped mine with some chopped strawberries + a tsp of carob chips.

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This recipe is definitely going to be used a lot – I can’t wait to try it with more toppings + flavors! Thanks Gena! I will definitely have to remember to freeze more bananas from now on.

Of course, after that I’m freezing so I’m about to have some hot tea and read until I fall asleep  🙂

Did you make a sundae today? Was it life changing?


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Slippin’ Away

Gah! I’m running out of time!!! Why do the days always move fast when I need them to move slow?

  • Pedi – done
  • Groceries – bought
  • Cleaning – in progress
  • Laundry – eh….soon.
  • Baking – in the oven!

I got home much later than I wanted to this afternoon. I got caught in traffic on the way IN to town from a pretty bad accident – then 3 hours later, they were just towing the same car, so I was caught in traffic on the way back home, too. Plus, there were about a million people in Kroger today, which did not help.

I got everything I needed, came home, and scarfed down lunch  🙂

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Thank goodness for leftovers! They save me so much time.

I ate the lunch I packed for yesterday that I ended up not eating. I had a serving of my couscous salad (ww couscous, zucchini, red onion, chickpeas, black olives, feta, a little olive oil), plus some leftover broccoli + a tomato.

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Good, fast, and filling.

I’ve dusted and am about to start vacuuming/cleaning the rest of the bathroom.

My first ever REAL cheesecake is in the oven!!! I’m excited and am hoping it turns out well   🙂  Pictures later!

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Cheery Cherry Day

Today has been good so far! I’m moving along with work stuff, the weather is beautiful here (finally!), my food has been good, and I’m wearing one of my favorite dresses. The only thing that could be better is if I was at the beach with my sisters  this afternoon instead of at work  🙂  Not fair!

My eggy breakfast was perfect this morning, and I wasn’t hungry until right before Nick came over to eat – love that. By the way, did you see Sarah’s post on eggs? I loved it..except that I do like mine runny  🙂  No worries – any egg lover is a friend of mine, runny or not.

Lunch today was basically yesterday’s lunch, but I already feel more satisfied than I did yesterday – strange how one day can make such a difference!

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The last of the roasted squash (1 whole one) + a roma tomato cut up for easier eating. It was pain eating this yesterday with no real knife.

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Plus my couscous salad with some added feta – this was the perfect little punch in my salad today!

I heated up the squash and the couscous, dumped the couscous on top of the veggies and mixed it all together. It was great and a mess! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten raw zucchini before, but it’s actually pretty good. Messy, mixed up food is not so great for photographing, but it sure is good for eating.

I packed some of our first cherries of the year for lunch, too.

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They are perfect – every one. I found these at Martin’s this weekend for 1.99/lb so I had to buy them. The cheapest I’ve seen them here so far is 3.99/lb!

Well, it’s back to work for me, but make to check all this stuff out that’s happening around the blogs!

In other news:

Operational Beautiful hit the front pages, people! Get on this train if you haven’t – I posted my first one a couple weeks ago and loved it.

The Oh, She Glows Summer Glow Boot Camp has begun – are you in?

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Un-Satisfaction

Do you ever have those days that are just blah? I think I’m having one.

My oatmeal was awesome, my work day has been pretty busy, but I just feel nothing. Like nothing matters either way. Just “eh”.

Maybe because I ate lunch and am not really satisfied?

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I packed an awesome lunch of sliced tomato, roasted yellow squash, and a couscous salad I made last night.

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This has:

  • whole wheat couscous
  • diced zucchini
  • diced red onion
  • sliced black olives
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • lemon juice
  • oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

I heated up the squash/tomato and dumped the couscous on top – it was great!

I also have this fruit bowl to end my lunch with

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This cantaloupe is lasting forever! Nick’s not a fan, so it takes me a while to eat a whole one by myself.

I thought the beans / couscous would be enough protein for lunch, but I am just not satisfied at all! I may dig into my afternoon snack sooner than expected.

How do you get yourself out of a funk?

Do you think your mood affects your food or vice versa?

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Happy Birthday Eve to me! Yes, I am celebrating a little early  🙂  I’m having the best birthday eve night!

I guess I should recap this afternoon first before getting to dinner.

Lunch today was the same leftovers as yesterday – still tasty! That Barefoot Contessa has some awesome recipes.

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The last piece of chicken + the last of the zucchini / saffron couscous from the other night.

Plus some broccoli

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All eaten in the beautiful sunshine! We had a beautiful day today and got to eat outside – it’s finally looking and feeling like summer here!

Nick wanted a snack so we went by Our Daily Bread, this great bakery here, to get some sweet after lunch desserts.

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Remember when I tried the chocolate macaroon last week? Well, I got the raspberry one today. And I remembered to get a picture of the inside!

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I tried to cut this into thirds to share with a few coworkers, but it kind of just crushed. The jam inside this was amazing – seriously the best jam I’ve ever had.

I am in love with these little french macaroons – they are so light and not too sweet. The perfect light lunch dessert.

Work, work, work, then snack!

Since it was so nice today, I knew Nick and I would probably go for a run after work so I packed a slice of my banana bread.

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We ran today for the first time in over 2 weeks! It was pretty good, too.

The last time we ran was actually on that trail race we did, so I wasn’t sure how it would go today. My legs were a little stiff at first, but I actually felt really good while we were out -except for my shoulders! My arms were killing me and I just couldn’t figure it out – until I remembered all the yoga I’ve been doing lately 🙂 They haven’t been hurting just during the day, but I guess moving them while running just let me know how much work they’ve been getting lately.

We did about 3 miles tonight and I’m glad we finally went. It was nice having a few weeks off to recover from that trail run since it kicked my butt.

Dinner tonight was even more delicious than last night – I love when meals get more flavor after sitting for a night in the fridge.

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I had more of the guacamole salad on some romaine – this salad got spicier overnight!

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I made my huevos rancheros on corn tortillas tonight instead of grits, just so I could see how good they were  🙂

Delicious! I love how crispy the tortillas got in the oven, and then the beans, runny eggs, and fresh cilantro?

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Maybe one of the best Mexican themed meals I’ve made – and that’s coming from both of us!

Well, Nick is baking my birthday dessert as we speak! I may or may not partake in some this evening – I guess it depends on when it’s ready  🙂 And….he may make me wait until tomorrow anyways.

Great components of a birthday eve:

  • Good run
  • Tasty dinner
  • Birthday dessert  🙂
  • The Devil Wears Prada on tv

I’ve got to pick out a cute birthday outfit + pack my lunch.

Nite!

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