These pictures might not make you want to make it immediately. I know food pictures taken when it's dark, raining, and storming outside don't make for the best lighting. What can I say though? I loved this soup and I had to share it. Perhaps with the time change this Sunday, I'll be able to take some better photos when I make dinner.
I originally made this soup back in January, but I wasn't able to snap any photos that night, so lucky for you, I made it again and took the time to snap some photos. It's really nice that I'm thoughtful like that, right?
Let's see, what can I say about this soup? How about that it's really easy to make. It takes a little bit of time to get going, but what I do and I've said before is that I get the soup started, and while the lentils simmer until their finished is get a workout in. You've got a solid 45 minutes to go on a walk, get on the treadmill, or my recent favorite is to fit in a Tone It Up work out. Or use this time to get some chores done around the house. Empty the dishwasher (yuck) or start some laundry (also yuck). If I were to be honest, I'd really like to just open a bottle of wine and have myself a glass in some peace and quiet, but that goes against my not drinking during the week -- damn!
The flavor in this soup is so good, too! Especially for being vegetarian. The curry flavor is definitely prominent but it's not overbearing. I think if you let the tomato paste really cook into the onions and carrots it helps develop the flavors, then you add that creamy coconut milk and it just turns into a curry heaven. I love the use of lentils in this. Mostly just because I love how cheap lentils are and how good they are for you. This soup definitely has plenty of protein between the lentils and garbanzo beans. If you have some extra fresh spinach on hand, that would also be a healthy and tasty addition.
Curry Chickpea Lentil Soup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons tomato paste
5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 (14.5 oz) can light coconut milk
1 cup green or brown lentils, rinsed
2 (15 oz) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
Recommended Garnishments: sour cream, chopped cilantro, and lime slices
1. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat add coconut or preferred oil. Add onions and carrots to the pot and saute for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Stir in garlic, ginger, curry powder, red pepper flakes, and salt. Add tomato paste to the pot and mix it in completely. The bottom of the pot should get a little brown.
2. Pour broth and coconut milk into pot and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to a simmer. Add in lentils and place lid on pot and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Add garbanzo beans to the pot and stir. Check to make sure lentils are soft. Turn off heat and serve with garnishments of sour cream and cilantro.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Since I've previously written about hummus in almost every way possible, I thought I'd write about last weekend instead. You can just trust me that this hummus is tasty. I mean, I'm practically an expert by now. The roasted jalapeno's are easy to make and add a nice addition of layered flavor.
Last weekend was unexpected. I knew my parent's were going to Truckee for the weekend. The forecast was calling for snow up in the mountains. I asked David if he'd be able to go up for the weekend, but it's always difficult for him with school. He had to study for a math midterm (which is today! GOOD LUCK!), and he wasn't going to be able to get off work until 5:00 p.m. So, chances were looking like he wouldn't be able to make it. :(
My parents asked if I wanted to hitch a ride with them at 10 a.m. on Friday and boy was I on board! With Ryder in the back of their pick up, we were off to my house to grab some clothes. I hurridley packed a bag and we were off in the pouring rain to make our way up to the mountains. The ride there was pretty fast with no traffic, which was wonderful. We got to the cabin, unpacked, and headed off to Marg's Taco Bistro for a late lunch/early dinner. It was delicious! I'm sure there will be plenty more trips to Marg's in the future. We then made it home with full bellies and took the pups on a walk. Unfortunately, it was lightly sprinkling and we didn't get much of the needed snow over the weekend. Even more unexpectedly, I heard from my brother's girlfriend that they were thinking of coming up, and that they were going snowboarding on Saturday. I asked if I could join along.
Saturday we were up early getting lattes at Coffeebar & picking up milk, eggs, and butter for breakfast. I had two sausages, an egg, and half an English muffin for breakfast. Alex & Jason were off to go rent her ski's while I finished getting ready. They picked me back up, and we headed to NorthStar. David & I used to have season passes at NorthStar back in the day for two years in a row. It's kind of sad that I hadn't been snowboarding in three years! I'm happy to report that I did not lose my ability to snowboard. I actually felt great out there! Minus a little burning in my calves from working them out so hard. We had lunch at The Tavern where we each had a beer and some food to fuel us for the remainder of our day. All in all, I had such a blast. It totally restored my love for snowboarding, and I hope to go more next year, once David is graduated! I did miss my snowboarding partner, though it was really fun boarding with Jason & Alex.
That is why my post this week is coming so late! All the way on Wednesday -- wow! Sunday night I was exhausted when I got home and I ended up going to bed by 8:30, which left me no time to blog. Monday after work was spent at the store since I didn't have time during the weekend, so here we are! I hope last weekend was as fun for you as it was for me!
Roasted Jalapeño Hummus
2 jalapeños, sliced lengthwise & seeded
1 clove garlic
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
2 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1. Turn broiler on. Place jalapeño's on a baking sheet and place under broiler. Broil for about 5 minutes or until the skin is black. Remove from oven and place jalapeno's in a plastic bag. Seal bag and let sit for about 15 minutes. Remove the jalapeno's from the bag and scrape off the black skin with a knife. Be careful to only take off the skin.
2. In a food processor; pulse garlic and jalapeño's until chopped. Place beans, tahini, lemon juice, and salt in processor and turn on. Drizzle in olive oil while processor is on until you reach desired consistency. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Cut in half, remove skin, lay on baking sheet, & broil
Remove from broiler once they have charred skins, place in plastic bag for 15 minutes
Remove from bag, and scrape off charred skin with a knife
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1. Recently I asked David which he'd rather give up: Coffee or Alcohol? He chose coffee and I was shocked. I really think I'd give up alcohol before coffee. Either way it's a decision I hope I never have to make.
2. My mom and I have started tasting tons of ginger beers. We've been trying to find our favorite one. So far, we really enjoy Ginger People's, then Fever Tree, and Cock & Bull, though we are no where near finished tasting more.
3. David & I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but I did ask him to not come home without ice cream in hand for me on V-day. Luckily, he came home with 2 pints of Ben & Jerry's (it only lasted 3 nights -- probably a good thing!) and a bottle of Maker's Mark for himself.
4. On President's Day I decided to run from our house to Spring Lake, around Spring Lake, and back. Luckily I ran into David about 1 mile from our house and he drove me and Ryder home. At that point I'd gone 8.22 miles and every step was killing me. I'm pretty sure I willed David to be where he was at that moment because it couldn't have worked out any better. I then couldn't walk normal for two days.
5. I went to SF a few weeks ago to meet up with my friend Ali for lunch. We went to the Boxing Room. I had an Almanac IPA (so good!) and we both ordered shrimp po boys. Then we got coffee. I ordered a latte from Ritual and bought beans. We continued walking around and then she ordered a New Oreleans iced coffee from Blue Bottle. Both were fantastic.
6. The day I drove to SF we were having a major rain storm in Sonoma County. I was SO happy because it is SO needed, but it made for some of the scariest driving conditions I've been in in a long time. Talk about hydro-plaining and extreme wind on the Golden Gate Bridge -- ahhh!
7. Speaking of rain. I wish it would rain and storm more. I am sick of not having seasons in Northern California. Bring on the rain!
8. I can't wait for David to graduate on May 10th. I think about it all the time.
9. I want to go to Nashville, TN & also a tropical place. I feel like I haven't been to the tropics in ages, but it's been less than a year...I need to stop dreaming!
10. Sometimes I miss wedding planning and our wedding. I never thought I'd be one of those girls who misses wedding planning but I do! It's weird...I don't like it. I'm really excited to go to a wedding this year. I only have one on the books but I can't wait!
11. I created a 90's alternative rock playlist on Rdio and I kind of think it's amazing. I've been listening to it a lot. Speaking of 90's music, have you seen John Rzeznik (singer of Goo Goo Dolls) lately? Talk about bad cosmetic surgery. Please, men, do not ever get plastic surgery! It's bad enough on women.
12. Is it May yet? Refer to #8.