Monday, November 02, 2009

I never post anything but recipes!

Is that really so terrible? I don't think so.

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 addiction collection rivaling mine) plus something that's in season and wonderful.

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.

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