This weekend was low on sleep and high on snacks and late nights, so forgive my lack of cohesion as I present my delicious lunch from yesterday and my dinner for the week ahead. We haven’t been on a soup kick in a very long time, after spending the first year of marriage making endless pots of the stuff. I’m a creature of habit so it doesn’t phase me, but Man-thing was looking depro so we took a break. I can’t hold back any longer though and re-introducing soup has been an absolute charm. Warm, comforting, and so incredibly easy!
This batch takes less than 1/2 an hour to make, and that’s if you’re really faffing about. Steam and blend is pretty much the extent of the instructions, but the results are filling and delicious, not to mention versatile. One of these days I’m going to try my hand at making my own bread bowls again, and then this soup is going to be the crowning glory. With a limited budget these days any dish I make needs to be efficient and effective, and you can’t go wrong with something as simple and tasty as this.Ingredients (serves 5 – 6):
- 100g black pitted olives
- 6 cups steamed zucchini
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cups cooked lentils
- 1/2 cup sauerkraut
- 2 TBSP black pepper
- 2 TBSP smoked paprika (or normal paprika)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- Tabasco to taste
- Blend all ingredients together in 2-cup batches, then warm in a pot or in the microwave as needed.
- Serve with avo, more lentils, nuts and sundried tomatoes.
How easy was that? Even though we have a gas stove I’m terrified of running out of juice so this steam and blend version cuts down on the hours of boiling and carrying on, and there just isn’t time anymore for such antics. Anything over half an hour is a luxury these days!I’m trying to be more rounded in what I eat these days, which includes more healthy fats (avoooo) and of course pudding now and again, because honestly. But on a serious note I’ve doubled my intake of natural proteins (as opposed to just pumping in the protein powder), and it has been a very tasty transition indeed. Sometimes one gets out of the habit of cooking or making food ahead and then it’s the pits to start up again, so at least this soup plus the homemade batches of lentils are a slow but fab way to get back into things. There is precious little time for faffing because my portfolio is looming, there are cats to tend to, and I like to spend time with Man-thing, so it’s now a case of trying to balance life instead of making everything feel like it should belong in a schedule or work diary. After all, I want to enjoy life and not just feel bogged down, and enjoying food and the company of family, friends and furbabies is definitely high on my priority list at the moment.
Speaking of furbabies, two of ours are booked for adoption: Tigger and Ziggy! We still get to keep them for another month or so until after they’ve been vaccinated and sterilized, but it’s always so magical to complete people’s families with these darlings – everyone always has a story to tell and they’re never there just to “get a cat” but rather to add creatures to their homes for true companionship and love. Best of all, they’ve recovered so well from their bout of snuffles! Mishmash and Galileo, below, had to have their eyes pried open a few times a day at some point to stop them from forming adhesions and sealing shut, and now they have these big, beautiful eyes as if nothing ever happened! 😀 Love these kitties!