November 24, 2010

Homemade Minestrone Soup

Oh, soup. So versatile, heart warming, simple, wholesome, filling, colorful, beautiful, tasty, rich, wonderous...

I'm thankful for good friends that find awesome Vegetarian Recipe books full of really, really delightful creations (and pictures for each dish which gives the book about 30 extra points in my opinion)

Doesn't it make you feel like a superhero when your final result matches the book's photo? I felt a bit happy, I won't lie. Then... it sat in tupperware in the fridge overnight, and the time to consume would have to wait a good day or so.

mini-wednesday-workout: 30 alternating forward lunges, 4 sets of 30 second plank, 15 power push ups aaand rest.


I know, it's getting a bit boring. But it's gorgeous and tastes insane and keeps me full and content and energetic forevah!

The Feast:

homemade bread + beans + zucchini + leftover brown rice quiche = lunch. The rest? Good ol' snackage for the times in between.

God painted for us today. Mami and I were speechless a few times.


loyal, faithful, our pediatric clinic friend: George. I had to give him a little extra treat before closing up tonight since he won't be receiving lovin' or grub on Thanksgiving. This little guy is amazing and definitely steals the spotlight when the kids glance at the tank. Love smiling fishies!

A First:

I had to try it, it's been too long! Guess what? Tastes exactly like a peanut butter + jelly sandwich, without a doubt. Larabar deserves mass props, man!

A snack:

dinner takes too long... so I ate this fella + maybe 2 banana cocoa cookies.


  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce (use 4 more tomatoes instead, if you have them. I was sadly left with only 2 wittle tomatoes for this minestrone)
  • 2 handful baby carrots, diced
  • 4 carrot stalks, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 an onion, diced into bits
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced (I used dry)
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 handfuls kale, ripped into pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups rice shell pasta
  • 1 tsp (about) parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1-2 grounds of pepper
  1. Splash olive oil into soup-sized deep pan
  2. Add celery, garlic, onion: 5 mins 'till golden edged
  3. Toss in carrots and sweet potato: 6 mins 'till colored
  4. Pour in tomato bits, sauce, water, herbs, mix
  5. Bring to a boil, add kale, zucchini, rice pasta
  6. Cover and lower heat to med/low, simmer 20 mins
  7. Eat with your loved ones. Or, alone with the TV.
  8. Add tempeh bits, beans, tofu, or meat for protein!

Gorsh, good gracious goulosh this was amazing.
Tortillas cut into strips + browned? Fantastic.

Thanksgiving tomorrow! I need more brain-storming :)

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