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This is the soup that I eat at least 3 days per week. It’s my “go-to” lunch entree when at work. I just grab a jar from my freezer in the morning, and then heat and eat in the same 1 cup wide-mouth glass jar.
CHOP THESE VEGGIES: (It goes really fast if you use the slicing blade of a food processor)
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic (mince)
1 medium head cauliflower
20 crimini mushrooms
28 oz crushed organic tomatoes with basil OR 5 medium tomatoes
(I slice tomatoes by hand using a really sharp knife that only gets used for tomatoes. That way, my “tomato knife” doesn’t get dull. Who enjoys slicing tomatoes with a dull knife? Not me!)
COMBINE THESE SEASONINGS:
4 t tarragon
3 t paprika
2 t thyme
3 t veggie broth powder
1 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
dash granulated garlic
2 bay leaves
1 C rinsed lentils (whatever kind you like)
6 C water
1 T dijon mustard
Use a large soup pot. On medium heat, melt 1/2 T coconut oil. Saute the veggies with the seasonings (start with the onion and garlic, then gradually add the other veggies). Add the lentils, water and mustard. Simmer for about an hour, or until the lentils are cooked. Add more water if needed, depending on how thick you like it. Portion in 1 cup or 1 pint jars and freeze. Makes about 17 cups.
NSNG = No Sugar No Grains
In 2010, we were on our way to the Washington coast and we noticed the Blue Angels at Boeing Field during a practice session. We stopped to watch for a while. It was intense to see and hear five jets take off at once!
It’s really unfortunate that Seafair– year after year– seems to be inextricably linked with the Oh Boy! Oberto company. Why?
I discovered on the Miss Madison Unlimited Hydroplane website that:
“The Obertos’ Seattle-based meat products business is the second oldest corporate sponsor in Unlimited racing.”
In case you didn’t know…The Oberto Sausage Company has been in the business of turning sentient animals– cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys– into “jerky,” “pepperoni,” and meat “sticks” since 1918.
Here’s something really interesting (if not at all surprising):
Apparently, the Oberto Sausage Company, in partnership with The National MS Society, Greater Washington Chapter, is also “making outstanding strides towards finding a cure for MS.”
How is a sausage company doing that?
In 2009, they were a corporate sponsor for a 2-day MS Society event “to find a cure for MS.” The company provided Oberto sausages to the 10,000 walkers for lunch.
Maybe it’s just me, but I find it beyond bizarre that anyone would consider it wise to feed anyone interested in any disease’s “cure” SAUSAGES for a fundraiser lunch.
Furthermore, with respect to Multiple Sclerosis specifically, there is ample evidence that a low-fat plant-based diet is an important factor in:
- preventing the onset of MS,
- decreasing symptom severity, and
- slowing the disease’s progression.
I digress. Back to Seafair…
This post was supposed to be about the perpetual “meat pushing” that goes on in mainstream society. Seafair is a case in point: I can’t watch a simple boat race without being literally bombarded by the logo of a company that profits from unnecessarily exploiting and killing animals. (To be clear, they are only in business because people are willing to buy their products.)
Again, it seems beyond bizarre that vegans are the ones constantly being accused of “pushing” a certain kind of diet.
So, there I was watching the “Meatfair” television coverage and I noticed the Twitter feed along the bottom of the television screen. I decided to provide one of the few (if any) anti-meat messages on the television for viewers today:
By the way– here’s that blueberry ice cream, from Lick It! (Contains blueberries, coconut milk, sugar, agave nectar, non-dairy milk and vanilla bean):
1/3 C EACH – millet, quinoa, spelt & whole wheat pastry flours
1/2 C ground oats
1/4 C ground flax
1/2 C ground roasted hazelnuts (filberts) OR hazelnut butter
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Coarse chopped hazelnuts
Raw vegan sugar
Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Spoon into 12 muffin liners. Sprinkle 1/8 t each, coarse chopped hazelnuts and raw sugar on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes.
* These are not too sweet. Increase sugar to 1/3 cup if you desire more sweetness.
** This equates to 3 frozen ice cubes of applesauce. I freeze applesauce in ice cube trays so that I always have small amounts of applesauce on hand. Thaw.
2 mashed bananas
1 C non dairy milk
1 T white vinegar
1/3 C applesauce
1/3 C canola oil
1/2 C evaporated cane juice
*2 C mixed grain flours (Use 1/3 C of each: quinoa flour, millet flour, spelt flour, garbanzo bean flour, whole wheat pastry flour & ground oats)
2 T ground flax
1/3 C unsweetened coconut shreds
1/3 C ground walnuts
2 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
1/2 t sea salt
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1 C blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 C raspberries (fresh or frozen)
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and then fold in the berries.
*Depending on the moisture level of the berries (i.e. if using thawed frozen berries) and the size of the bananas, add another 1/4 – 1/3 C flour (wheat or oat) if the batter seems too thin.
Bake in muffin liners for about 22 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes about 18.
>>NOTES: To make this recipe gluten-free (GF), reduced fat, and reduced sugar…
- For the 2 C flour, use 1/2 each quinoa flour, millet flour, brown rice flour, and oat flour (GF)
- Instead of the flax, use garbanzo bean flour
- Instead of the walnuts, use rolled oats (GF)
- Reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup
- Reduce the milk and the vinegar by half
- Instead of 1/3 C oil, use about a tablespoon of oil and then the rest more applesauce.