Foodie Friday!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions (besides the one about actually posting to my blog!) is all about eating.  It’s so easy to stand in front of your pantry and pick the fastest 20 minute meal that you make all the time.  I decided after one such “default” meal, that I would start working a little more on meal planning.  I’m not yet willing to make vast weekly menus, with everything planned to a T – plans stress me out too much!  But what I will do, is sit with my favourite cookbooks and my coffee on Saturday morning, make a list of 5-6 recipes to try during the week, and add any special ingredients to my grocery list.  It especially makes me sad when all these awesome veggies start going by in the crisper drawer, so this week I did it, and made some really great recipes!

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These are my current favourite cookbooks – I have yet to make a recipe from any one of them that I didn’t LOVE! Very Whole Foods-y, super great. Even though google is a go-to, I still love using a book.

My favourite triumph this week:

Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup:

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Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup from the “Oh She Glows” cookbook (photo by Antonia James)

This one is so warm, with super rich curry flavours…

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons curry powder, to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained (I used green lentils)
  • 1 medium cauliflower, chopped into bite-size florets
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • chopped cilantro for serving

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5-6 minutes, until translucent.  Stir in the ginger, curry powder, coriander, and cumin and sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant.  Add the broth and lentils and stir to combine.  Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes more.  Stir in the cauliflower and sweet potato.  Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower and sweet potato are tender.  Season with the salt and pepper, and add more curry powder if desired.  Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted.  Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cilantro, if desired.  (Serves 4)

My only deviation was we didn’t have any spinach, so I crumbled in 2 handfuls of frozen basil leaves – definitely a yummy addition!

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