Here's a soup I threw together for dinner. It tastes pretty delicious and can be made with stuff you might have sitting around (and not only if you have a spice
You will need, roughly:
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small kabocha squash, diced (~1/2 in cubes) -- this is the awesome seasonal ingredient!
- pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp each ground coriander and cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper (I have some neat ground serrano pepper, but you could use good paprika, cayenne, etc.)
- 2 bay leaves
- 3/4 c. red lentils
- 4 c. broth (or cheater concentrate + water)
- salt & pepper to taste
Saute the onions and garlic in a little olive oil in a good-size soup pot. Add the squash and cook a little more. Dump in the spices and stir around. Add the lentils and stir, then add liquid. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, partially cover, and let simmer for 30+ minutes or until the lentils are cooked and squash is tender. Season to taste and eat.
The other thing I made was much easier: quinoa tabbouleh.
All you need is:
- Some cooked quinoa
- A diced red onion
- Some chopped up parsley
- Diced cucumber
- Toooomaaaaatooooooo (I love tomato season, and heirlooms are leaving soon)
- Dressing of lemon juice and olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
I am not even going to explain that. It's a goddamn salad. It tastes good. It's good for you. Eat it.