And just like that…. It’s all over. A blink of an eye and now you find yourself sitting back at the end of the day looking at the house in shambles and thinking where in the world is all this stuff going to go. Who is taking home some of the deserts that were barely touched while looking down at the table and seeing a slice of apple pie missing, a few brownies eaten, a half-eaten cookie sitting on a small paper napkin next to the clean stack of plates and forks. The kitchen is busy as leftovers are being put in plastic containers for everyone to take home. Dishes and pans are stacked high in the sink and almost toppling over. A few parents are scrambling through piles of torn wrapping paper looking for that one tiny game piece that was lost after one of the kids insisted on opening a new toys saying, “I promise I won’t lose any pieces” Others are putting their gifts in piles getting ready to pack up the cars and end a long day.
It starts right after Halloween then there are months of shopping, buying wrapping paper, bow, ribbons, name tags, and gift bags, sitting in lines of traffic and in stores. Putting up decorations and hanging lights. Rushing to get the one thing before it sells out, finding the perfect sweater that you have to have only to find that there are only extra extra large or extra extra small in the entire store. Getting to the grocery stores before the sun rises to beat the crowds. Bank accounts are draining fast and credit cards are adding up. Late nights of baking an endless amount of cookies. Finding yourself singing that familiar Christmas song playing on the radio getting into the Christmas cheer. As Christmas night comes, you arrive home and sleeping kids are carried into the house while holding their new toy and you think to yourself Another Christmas has gone by.
The end of the year is here and a new one is beginning. On New Year’s Eve many people will either make reservations at fancy restaurants, go to house parties, travel to cities to see the ball drop and fireworks go off. Some sit at home and watch all the celebrations on television eating chips and pizza and drinking wine and champagne in hopes to make it to midnight without falling asleep. Or If you are looking for a nice warm hearty meal on New Year’s eve or any other time on a cold winters night, well I have just the recipe. There is something about hot soup and biscuits in the winter – warms the soul.
This soup is -
Loaded with flavor
Packed with nutrition
Easy to make
Dinner for the week
Of course there has to be some bread or biscuits to go with it. This recipe makes a very large pot with carrots, kale, rice, black beans, tempeh, fire roasted tomatoes and lots of seasoning in it. The biscuits are pumpkin and rosemary and the other is a plain flakey biscuit. The soup recipe is mine and the biscuits I adopted from Gimme me some oven.
Hearty Veggie Soup
Yields: 1 large soup pot – makes enough for myself and husband for the week
Time: half hour prep – 40 minutes cooking
2 – 32 ounces of organic vegetable broth
1 small bag of carrots sliced (don’t peel them)
2 -3 stalks of celery diced
1 small onion chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp coconut oil for sautéing
1 bunch of organic kale chopped
1 can black bean rinsed
2-3 cups of cooked rice (depends how thick you like your soup)
1 28 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes (Trader joes works)
2 packages tempeh cut in small cubes (I used garden flavor)
¼ cup nutritional yeast
May need extra water if soup is thick, I usually end up adding about a cup
Mix of dried seasonings: Thyme, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash original
This recipe caught my eye because it only has 3 ingredients. How can only 3 simply ingredients have any flavor, well they are delicious. I added some pureed pumpkin and rosemary to the second batch for a different twist.
Yields: about 12
Time: 20 minutes total – 10 prep – 10 cook
2 cups self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour with 3 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt)
¼ cup coconut oil in solid state
¾ cup coconut milk (or any other milk)
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