Living Lou http://www.livinglou.com + cooking through my twenties Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:57:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Live Below the Line: Banana Porridge http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/cinnamon-banana-oat-porridge.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/cinnamon-banana-oat-porridge.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4757 Could you live off of $1.75 per day? 1.2 billion people worldwide survive on this for their daily needs and that’s exactly what the Live Below the Line campaign is challenging you to do. It’s an initiative of the Global Poverty Project and is challenging you to live at the extreme poverty line for 5 days from [...]

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Cinnamon Banana Oat Porridge

Could you live off of $1.75 per day? 1.2 billion people worldwide survive on this for their daily needs and that’s exactly what the Live Below the Line campaign is challenging you to do. It’s an initiative of the Global Poverty Project and is challenging you to live at the extreme poverty line for 5 days from April 28th to May 2nd. It’s an innovative campaign that is aiming to transform the way we think and engage with extreme poverty issues.

Honestly, I was at a loss, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it meant to eat and drink off of $1.75 per day. I’ve grown up in a world that is so far away from extreme poverty that just taking this challenge (I tried it for a day yesterday for this post) was really eye opening. The fact that some mornings I will spend over this amount on a cup of coffee is mind boggling. Just doing this challenge for a day really made me think about my habits and everything that I take for granted. I highly, highly recommend you participate on April 28th and try it out for the entire week. Tell your friends and take the challenge together! If you can’t do the full week, at least do one day. I guarantee that it will change your outlook.

The campaign has a few recipes to help you get started and I’ve got a great breakfast recipe here for Banana Oat Porridge comes in at just $0.57 per serving. To learn more about Live Below the Line and how you can help, visit their website here.

Banana Oat Porridge

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp firmly-packed brown sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, simmer water, oats and salt for 3-5 minutes stirring continuously until mixture is thick.
  2. Add sliced banana and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with brown sugar on the side.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Live Below the Line

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/cinnamon-banana-oat-porridge.html

 

 

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Tropical Ginger Smoothie

I’ve been living off of smoothies for the past couple of weeks. Well, smoothies and cereal to be honest. The good news is that I’m finished my third year of university! This year had some major ups and downs, more so than any other year before. Even my first year, which I absolutely hated, so that’s saying something. Yesterday was my first day off in months, between blogging and going to school there’s always something to work on. It was hard to stay away from emails and cooking, but I needed a day to just do nothing. I went for brunch with a couple friends, watched a little Netflix and went grocery shopping. Sounds boring but it was just what the doctor ordered.

Tropical Ginger Smoothie

I wanted to make a smoothie that would really kickstart your day in the best way possible. I’ve been on a huge tropical fruits kick, so that’s the direction I took with this smoothie. The ginger is just in there because, why not. Ginger is so good for you, and I think it’s a great way to start your day. The ginger flavour in this smoothie is subtle, but you can always add more if you want. For this smoothie I used Plain Yamba Yogurt which makes the smoothie super creamy and smooth. I’ve talked about this before, but my Mum and sister both have allergies to gluten and corn so finding a yogurt that they can eat is challenging (you’d be surprised how many are made with corn starch) so I love that the Yamba yogurts have no corn or gluten in them, because I can make these Tropical Ginger Smoothies for all of us to enjoy. They also have strawberry and blueberry flavoured yogurts which are divine. They were the perfect study snack last week.

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Study snack break from my Instagram.

Tropical Ginger Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Kickstart your morning with a Tropical Ginger Smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cup tropical frozen fruit (I use a blend of mango, strawberry and peaches)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/tropical-ginger-smoothie.html

Disclosure: I was provided with the product for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other form for writing this post. The decision to write about the product was my own and all opinions are 100% mine.

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5 Easy Vegetarian Dishes http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/5-easy-vegetarian-dishes.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/5-easy-vegetarian-dishes.html#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:00:03 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4682 Sorry for my absence last week, things have kind of slowed down in the Living Lou kitchen because of the end-of-semester-craziness. This semester has been brutal. My professors warned us that it was going to be the hardest semester of all 4 years, and boy, were they right. Between my troubled documentary (which has turned out wonderfully and is [...]

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5 easy vegetarian dishesSorry for my absence last week, things have kind of slowed down in the Living Lou kitchen because of the end-of-semester-craziness. This semester has been brutal. My professors warned us that it was going to be the hardest semester of all 4 years, and boy, were they right. Between my troubled documentary (which has turned out wonderfully and is screening on Wednesday!) and a couple time-sucking assignments, I’m pretty much all out of juice. Studying for finals has been a challenge. Doing anything other than binge-watching shows on Netflix has been a challenge. I think this semester has changed something in me because I watched The Masters today and enjoyed it. I need a vacation. 

Anyways, I’m always trying to eat healthier and have more fruits and vegetables in my diet, which means vegetarian meals are kind of the answer. I’ve put together five of my favourite easy vegetarian dishes that fit the bill for any weeknight meal or meatless Monday.

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is one of my absolute favourite sauces because it’s so easy. You just throw everything into the oven to roast and then puree in a blender. It couldn’t get much simpler.

Rice and Beans makes a great side dish for a Mexican main, but it also makes a pretty good meal on its own.

Herbed Pasta with Garlic and Walnuts is something that I made years ago and it’s great for spring where you’re craving fresh flavours and herbs. 

Moroccan Vegetable Soup I know it’s technically spring, but here in Toronto I’m sure that we have still have a few cooler days coming up. 

Crustless Spinach Quiche is a classic, quiche are ridiculously forgiving and simple for a weeknight. One of my go-to dishes during busy weeks.

 

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Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/balsamic-and-sage-glazed-pork-chops.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/balsamic-and-sage-glazed-pork-chops.html#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:45:13 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4654 I haven’t posted very many recipes for pork over the years, but these Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops have quickly become a staple dinner recipe around here. The list of ingredients may be small (a good thing in my book!) but the flavours are big. Balsamic vinegar, sage, Dijon mustard and maple syrup are the [...]

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Sage and Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

I haven’t posted very many recipes for pork over the years, but these Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops have quickly become a staple dinner recipe around here. The list of ingredients may be small (a good thing in my book!) but the flavours are big. Balsamic vinegar, sage, Dijon mustard and maple syrup are the stars of this glaze and subsequent pan sauce.

It’s always nice to be reminded of the kindness of others, sometimes life feels like one big competition, where someone is always trying to one-up you or bring you down. I’ve dealt with my fair share of negativity and it just kind of sucks the life out of you, don’t you think?

Sage and Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

On Monday, I was pulling into the parking lot for my morning class, when I had a crazy vertigo attack. I haven’t had one in maybe a year, and this one was so unexpected. If you’ve ever experienced any form of vertigo or dizziness, you know that it is not fun. I tried to sit through class, but my head was spinning and I felt like I was going to throw up. I just wanted to be home, in my bed. The problem is, I live a 45 minute or so drive from school, and driving home was not an option. And that’s where kindness comes in, a friend of mine, offered to drive me home. 45 minutes out of her way. I said no at first, but she insisted. She proceeded to drive me all the way home, and then subway back to her place. I couldn’t be more thankful. It is acts of kindness like this, that make me realize how important it is to, not only have good friends in your life, but to surround yourself with good people, truly good, honest people. It makes all the difference. I’m so thankful for the caring and kindness of the people in my life.

Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Simple ingredients yield an impressive flavour with this recipe for Balsamic and Sage Glazed Pork Chops.

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375, grease a roasting pan with 2 tbsp olive oil and place pork chops in pan.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together garlic, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, dried sage and salt.
  3. Brush mixture over pork chops. Pour remaining mixture into roasting pan.
  4. Roast for 35-40 minutes or until pork is fully cooked.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/04/balsamic-and-sage-glazed-pork-chops.html

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a salad dressing recipe here, because usually, if I’m having a salad for lunch, I’ll just stick to my basic balsamic vinaigrette. Old habits die hard. I used to bring that salad dressing for lunch every single day of senior year. Recently, I’ve been creating some recipes that are a little more on the indulgent side of things, so this Hummus Salad Dressing came out of necessity. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have something a little healthier, like a salad, after a weekend filled with, perhaps, a few too many indulgences.

hummus salad dressing

I’m having a bit of writer’s block, so instead of blabbering on about nothing and this hummus salad dressing, I’m going to share a few links around the web that I’m loving lately.

This documentary. (Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream – super, super interesting, a good rainy-day documentary.)

This Tumblr blog dedicated to all things Sofia Coppola (she’s one of my favourite directors).

This conversation on Huffington Post’s Third Metric: What have we learned about “Leaning In” (One year after “Lean In”)

This blog - such a beautiful aesthetic and a mix of food & lifestyle.

This Pinterest board dedicated to Rumi quotes – my favourite is “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.”

Hummus Salad Dressing

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/2 cup dressing

A protein packed salad dressing made with hummus.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Serve or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/hummus-salad-dressing.html

 

 

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Spicy Pesto Roasted Potatoes http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/spicy-pesto-roasted-potatoes.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/spicy-pesto-roasted-potatoes.html#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4618 I would say that I crave roasted potatoes on a weekly basis. My dad is a very meat-and-potatoes type of guy and I think I inherited his love for potatoes. This recipe is a weeknight staple with three ingredients, one of them being pesto. A quick tip for anyone starting to find their way around [...]

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Spicy Pesto Roasted Potatoes

I would say that I crave roasted potatoes on a weekly basis. My dad is a very meat-and-potatoes type of guy and I think I inherited his love for potatoes. This recipe is a weeknight staple with three ingredients, one of them being pesto. A quick tip for anyone starting to find their way around the kitchen – always have a jar of pesto in the fridge. You can make pasta, spread it on chicken breasts, add it to sandwiches – the options are endless and it packs a ton of flavour.

If you didn’t know it by now, I’m an achiever. I like to do lots of things, and I like to do them well. I hold myself to a pretty high (but healthy) standard, but things go wrong sometimes. We’re making short documentaries this semester, and before I knew it, the documentary that I’m producing had kind of headed south. We didn’t really have any direction and it was just, nothing. My professors pulled me aside and basically told me that I needed to fix this. I didn’t know how to fix it; it wasn’t my creative vision and it wasn’t my story. I was frustrated and disappointed that the film I was making was subpar. But I had to rally and figure something out. After a few gruelling weeks (some nights spent in the editing suites until 6:30am) we’re getting into the final stages now. There is finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

And now, what I am doing? I just submitted my proposal to direct/produce a documentary for my thesis project next year. What can I say, I love the challenge. Anyways, here’s the reason you’re really here, a recipe for Spicy Pesto Roasted Potatoes.

Spicy Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

A simple weeknight staple using prepared pesto!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 2 tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400C.
  2. Toss potatoes with pesto and sprinkle with chili flakes.
  3. Dump onto baking sheet in one layer.
  4. Roast for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/spicy-pesto-roasted-potatoes.html

 

 

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Beer Battered Bacon Waffles http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/beer-battered-bacon-waffles.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/beer-battered-bacon-waffles.html#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4592 If there’s one thing that I love about food blogging it’s pushing myself creatively to come up with new recipes and exciting flavour combinations, and these Beer Battered Bacon Waffles with a Spicy Beer Caramel Sauce are exactly one of those creations. You see, I’ve never cooked or baked anything with beer before, but after [...]

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Beer Battered Bacon Waffles

If there’s one thing that I love about food blogging it’s pushing myself creatively to come up with new recipes and exciting flavour combinations, and these Beer Battered Bacon Waffles with a Spicy Beer Caramel Sauce are exactly one of those creations. You see, I’ve never cooked or baked anything with beer before, but after this recipe I know that it’s something I will be doing lots more of in the coming months. Beer barbecue sauce in the summer, anyone?

Beer battered waffles with spicy beer caramel sauce

These waffles are made with Samuel Adams Boston Lager – a full-bodied brew with a robust character. You can grab a six pack at the LCBO or The Beer Store in Ontario, BCLDB in British Columbia or Liquor Depot in Alberta. I find that it’s always important to cook with ingredients that you love (especially when it comes to alcohol), and I love the flavour of this beer, so it’s a perfect match for these waffles (and the spicy caramel sauce!). And then I added bacon, because, I mean, beer and bacon, it needs no explanation.

Beer battered bacon waffles

If you’re looking to make a special breakfast for the guy (or gal) in your life, this is the answer to all your problems. And that spicy caramel beer sauce is just the cherry on top. The flavour combination from the beer, the saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness and then the kick from the spicy caramel sauce is the ultimate combination. These waffles aren’t something that you would want to eat every single day, but for a special occasion, they fit the bill.

Beer Battered Bacon Waffles

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 7-8 waffles

Ingredients

    For waffles:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 10 slices of cooked bacon, chopped into pieces
  • For Spicy Beer Caramel Sauce:
  • 1 355ml bottle of Samuel Adams Bostom Lager
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp water

Instructions

    For waffles:
  1. Preheat waffle iron (I usually set mine on the 4th setting)
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium sized pot, heat beer, milk, butter and vanilla extract until warm and butter has melted.
  4. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the egg.
  5. Gently stir in in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in bacon pieces.
  7. Cook in waffle iron.
  8. For Spicy Beer Caramel Sauce:
  9. In a medium sized pot, bring beer, brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne pepper to a gentle boil.
  10. Simmer for 30 minutes (stirring frequently). The beer and sugar mixture will reduce.
  11. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add cream and maple syrup.
  12. Put sauce back over high heat, add cornstarch. Stirring until thickened. Remove from heat.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/beer-battered-bacon-waffles.html

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Medjool Date Bacon Chocolate Cookie http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/medjool-date-bacon-chocolate-cookies.html http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/medjool-date-bacon-chocolate-cookies.html#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:52:55 +0000 http://www.livinglou.com/?p=4588 Medjool date, bacon and chocolate cookies, I bet you’re thinking that I’ve lost my mind, but let me tell you a bit about this recipe first. I’ve been working with Natural Delights to come up with a recipe using their medjool dates. Once I decided on something sweet (because you could also go savory with medjools) I [...]

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medjool date, bacon and chocolate chip cookies

Medjool date, bacon and chocolate cookies, I bet you’re thinking that I’ve lost my mind, but let me tell you a bit about this recipe first. I’ve been working with Natural Delights to come up with a recipe using their medjool dates. Once I decided on something sweet (because you could also go savory with medjools) I knew I wanted to do a cookie, but the best part was coming up with flavor combinations to try out.

Chocolate + Bacon = delicious

Medjool dates + bacon = delicious

Chocolate + Medjool dates = delicious

So I thought that it would be fun to combine all of those flavours into a cookie.

medjool date, bacon and chocolate chip cookies

While these cookies might not be the healthiest option out there, they make for a great special treat. Plus medjool dates do have a ton of health benefits as I mentioned in my Chocolate Banana Smoothie post, they are high in antioxidants but they also contain slow release sugars which means that you won’t have a big sugar high and then crash later on.

medjool date bacon and chocolate chip cookies

Another option for this cookie is instead of having the medjool dates on top of the cookie, you can chop them up and fold them into the cookie batter with the chocolate chips and bacon. I like to put them on the top, because if you eat the cookies when they are warm it’s as if the cookies have a sweet, caramel center.

Medjool Date Bacon Chocolate Cookies

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 28-32 large cookies

Medjool dates, bacon and chocolate are the perfect flavour combination for a delicious cookie!

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of bacon, cooked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, then chopped.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 15-16 medjool dates, halved and pitted

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Then add vanilla.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two additions.
  6. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and bacon pieces.
  7. Form cookies into 1 1/2 tbsp balls. Press half a medjool date onto each cookie.
  8. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges are golden.
  9. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a rack.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/medjool-date-bacon-chocolate-cookies.html

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and to develop this recipe for Natural Delights. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting Living Lou and my sponsors. 

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Chocolate Banana Smoothie

As long as the alarm doesn’t sound before 6am, I would consider myself to be somewhat of a morning person. I love the silence that comes with early mornings and breakfast has always been my favourite meal. Slower paced mornings are a luxury; there is time for coffee and breakfast, reading the headlines, skimming my twitter feed, and getting a few important things done for school or work. Unfortunately, these mornings don’t really exist during the workweek – unless I wanted to get up before 6am, which I don’t. With the morning rush, breakfast has kind of fallen by the wayside, but I’ve recently been warming up to smoothies and this Chocolate Banana Smoothie is part of the equation.

You’ll never guess that there are two secret ingredients in this smoothie, peanut butter and Natural Delights Medjool dates. The peanut butter (or you could use almond butter) gives a nice boost of protein but the real secret ingredient are the medjool dates. They add a subtle sweetness that takes this smoothie over the top, plus they are packed with antioxidants which is just an added bonus. Before this recipe, I hadn’t really worked very much with any kind of date so starting off with such a simple recipe inspired by the Medjool Date Shake was a great way to get acquainted with this fruit. And now, these medjools are kind of my new thing, they are the perfect natural sweetener, great for satisfying that afternoon sugar craving and go really well in savoury Moroccan dishes.

Enjoy this Chocolate Banana Smoothie!

Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate, banana, peanut butter and Medjool dates make for a healthy, protein packed smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Notes

Could also use almond butter

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/chocolate-banana-smoothie.html

Disclosure: Natural Delights provided me with the product. I was not compensated in any other form for writing this post. The decision to write about the product was my own and all opinions are 100% mine. 

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Moroccan Vegetable Soup

My love for Moroccan inspired dishes is nothing new, the depth of flavour that comes from the spices is so comforting. This soup gets its flavour from a combination of turmeric, cumin, coriander and cinnamon, plus a little spice from cayenne.

I’m starting to realize that we’re all works in progress. It’s kind of a nice way to frame things in your mind. I’m usually focused on the end result, but this doesn’t always work because life doesn’t seem to unfold the way we plan it to. Can you tell that I’m kind of having a bit of a pre quarter-life crisis right now? I say pre because I’m 20 and I’m sure in 5 years time, I’ll be having another crisis and at that time, it will be my real quarter-life crisis. I’m approaching my final year of school and I feel more lost than ever. I’ve started realizing that what I’m studying isn’t really what I love or what I want to do with my life and with that said, I don’t quite know what I want to do.

But one thing that I do know is that this food blog thing is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’m not sure what my barely 17 year old self was thinking when she started this, but she did something right. And now, I promise, a healthy, flavourful recipe for Moroccan Vegetable Soup. This soup is also vegan, which is a nice bonus if you want to start your week off with a bit of a health kick.

Food for thought

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

 

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

A vegan soup that is so satisfying and full of flavour!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 sweet potato, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 540ml can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add onions, cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, cook for another minute or until fragrant.
  4. Add in spices, stirring and cook another minute.
  5. Add in sweet potato, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring throughout.
  6. Add crushed tomatoes and liquid.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Add in chickpeas and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from heat, stir in chopped kale and lemon juice.
  10. Serve.

Notes

Recipe by Louisa Clements

http://www.livinglou.com/2014/03/moroccan-vegetable-soup.html

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