Curried Split Pea Soup [vegan]

This morning Rilo woke me up at 3:35 to relieve herself. I groggily stumbled to the back door and willed myself to stay in the half-asleep haze, hoping to get another hour and a half of shut eye. At 4:30 the hubs poked me in the forehead. Huh? Yeah…Rilo woke him up to relieve herself again. I desperately tried to cling on to the sleep that was draining from my body. No dice. I was awake, and none to pleased. I asked him why he poked me in the head. His response? To see if I was still here.

I guess I am weightless.

I almost got out of bed, but I resisted, thinking somehow I would still catch some zzz’s. Crazy, I know. I tossed and turned until 5:31, when I finally drug myself out of bed. Six ounces of iced coffee sent me on my way to the gym. And guess what? It wasn’t pitch black! Spring is around the corner folks 🙂

Post gym I went straight to work made a detour home because I forgot my work keys and id badge. Arrrgh. At least I had some nummyness in a bowl to improve my mood.

This Voskos Greek honey vanilla bean yogurt was bomb(dot)com.

And it paired well with oats + nanner.

Lunch was also fabulous. I had been looking forward to this meal ever since I made it last night: Curried Lentil Salad.*

Pure joy.

Paired with an impromptu kiwi+strawberry side salad. I forgot I had this little kiwi in my work fridge. Mmmm, it was the sweet pick-me-up I needed with a shot of Vitamin-D.

The sunshine didn’t keep me going as much as I had hoped. By 2:30 I was ready to crash. Unfortunately that wasn’t an option.

Luna tried to help, but she didn’t succeed.

Luckily the day was almost over and I could crash. Oh wait, nope, I needed to make dinner. I found this recipe for Curried Split Pea Soup on Huckleberries Natural Market website and was pretty excited about it.

It did not disappoint! Plus it was easy-peasy (pun intended) to make. A great meatless Monday meal to add to your meal plan.

I, of course, modified it. I just can’t help myself, no recipe is safe.

Curried Split Pea Soup

Serves 6 (approximately 1 cup servings)

(Nutritionals: Cal: 176, Carb: 43g, Fat: 0g, Pro: 14g)

Ingredients:

4 cups vegi broth

2 cups yellow split peas

8 baby carrots (or 2 medium carrots), sliced

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBS curry powder

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp corriander

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 bay leaf

Directions

Spray large pot with cooking spray, olive oil spray or pour 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil. Heat over medium, and add garlic, onion and carrots. Heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add curry, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, corriander and salt. Stir. Add broth, split peas and bay leaf.

Cover, bring to boil, reduce to low and simmer 45-60 minutes.

I like my peas on the softer side, so I simmered an hour.

I topped my bowl with sour cream, defeating the whole vegan purpose of this dish. But it was just so tasty! If I had plain Greek yogurt I would have topped my bowl with that instead.

With a side of sourdough bread. Mmmm, my stummy is very happy right now.

Oh, and Rilo says Go Zags! This game is intense!!

 

 

Buzz and Cluck

It appears we are getting chickens.

Today we ran quite a few errands, one of them involved a trip to Sun People Dry Goods for their Buzz and Cluck festival.

The hubs has been wanting chickens for quite some time, so today was the perfect opportunity to find out a little more information about raising chickens inside city limits. Unfortunately we didn’t learn as much as we had hoped, but the chicks sure were cute!

While there I found this adorable crocheted apple. I think my desk at work might need a friend…

Craig Goodwin, of Year of Plenty, was also there signing copies of his book, aptly named Year of Plenty. He was pretty busy chatting it up with patrons, so I decided I would purchase the book via Amazon. I’m sure he’ll be signing copies once the Spokane Public Market gets going.

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Have you heard of Year of Plenty? I only recently found out about Goodwin’s blog. He and his family spent a year living as locavores: consuming only what was local, used, homegrown, or homemade. I’m glad I found his blog, because he has a nifty tab for all things Spokane.

Daily eats included coffee, 2 slices bacon and pumpkin pie un-overnight overnight oats:

1 container plain yogurt, 1/3 cup canned pumkin, 2 TBS raisins, 1/2 T chia seeds, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1/3 cup old fashioned dry oats.

Pom lychee green tea, (which was delish), and a nanner while running my errands, (I did not eat the think thin bar, but I am interested if anyone has tried these before? I can’t resist a sale, so this wound up in my basket).

I also wound up eating a smidge of cashew butter because my new container fell out of our pantry and it broke! I salvaged all but a tablespoon of this creamy goodness.

I also prepped my quick-n-easy app for my friend’s Appetizer Extravaganza Birthday Bash.

Tim’s mom’s homemade pepper jelly + cream cheese w/multigrain crackers. Doesn’t get any easier than that.

I packed everything up, drove over to the party, and discovered no cars were parked outside their house. A quick check on the iPhone to my fb app revealed the party was not in fact tonight. It’s tomorrow. I need to re-think having close attention to details on my resume.

So now I’m enjoying a little Bombshell Red while I wait for our cod to defrost for impromptu fish tacos. Fish tacos do not sound as enjoyable as an appetizer extravaganza!

Would you ever consider raising chickens in your back yard (for eggs)?

Slacker Sunday

**this should have posted yesterday, but my computer crashed and I chose sleep over resolving the issue…

While I threw lots of love toward NEDAwareness week last week, I left what I ate on the back burner. Or in the oven too long…and over-roasted my garlic.

Blarg. I planned to do a roasting garlic tutorial today…it started out so pretty and neat.

All wrapped up…

I accidentally set my timer to 45, instead of 35, and the results weren’t pretty. These little nuggets of gold still tasted good, even if they were a tad tarnished.

I combined these with some caramelized onion, shrooms and pepperoni to add some pizzazz to my pizza.

What? You like your pizza’s to be round? Don’t you know misshapen pizza tastes so much better?

Especially if you make your own crust and sauce.

Particularly when your sleeves have hand pockets.

Other weekend shenanigans included a trip to The Flying Goat to catch up with my friend Amy.

Arugula pesto, I have no words to describe how much I love you.


Making soup…

Jimmy-rigging my shuffle so I can have more fun at the gym…

Eating oat messes…

while drinking not-so-tasty coffee…

but at least it was in my favorite mug.

I also whipped up some a tasty cold pasta salad, and green salad, to pair with the Oscars.

My sister-in-law, Kim, brought some tasty, tasty cookies. Oh store bought frosted sugar cookies, you make me weak in the knees.

While watching the Oscar’s I was impressed that the best dressed happened to be 14-year old Hailee Steinfeld.

I totally want that dress. Is it bad that I am taking fashion ques from a teenager?

And I really do not want this red number.

She clearly took the Back to the Future skit in the beginning a tad too seriously.

Who were you rooting for?

I was so thrilled for Natalie Portman, she was phenomenal in Black Swan. I haven’t seen The Kings Speech yet, but I obviously need to add that to my must-see list.

 

Pizza experiment

My legs are so sore. But it is the good kind of hurt. I decided to use a light traffic hallway to do 3 sets of lunges yesterday. I have a love/hate relationship with lunges. I love the way my legs lean up quickly when I incorporate them into my work out routine. I hate actually doing them, and hate that I walk like a cowgirl afterward.

I’m currently lounging in the basement thinning out my DVR, heating pad under my hamstrings. Between this and my cuppa joe I am feeling rather relaxed. The chores will have to wait.

This isn’t what I planned to do with my Saturday. I am supposed to be in Seattle visiting my friend Reese.

But the forecast predicted snow in Seattle and poor pass conditions. A lack of snow tires/chains and not having more bars in more places, contrary to what AT&T’s advertisements would have you believe, meant I was sticking in Spokane for the weekend.

Not that I haven’t filled my time with fun adventures. Yesterday’s trip to TJ Maxx was rather fruitful.

The hubs decided to make some insanely tasty pizza utilizing this high heat process. Essentially you heat a cast iron skillet on your gas range for 20 minutes, flip it upside down, quickly create your pizza and put it on the bottom flat side of the pan and pop it under the broiler for less than two minutes. This process requires at least two people, and potholders that can stand up to high heat.

Unfortunately we had a miscommunication regarding the type of dough I needed to prepare.

I made my friend Kelly’s olive oil pizza dough, which is beyond delicious. However, this cooking method needs ultra thin dough, (which I didn’t realize), and her dough is perfect for big, chewy and billowy crust.

This dough is also a tad sticky.

I’m Edward Sticky-hands.

But at least I have a cute apron.

Sauce was made with with these bomb(dot)com tomatoes.

Mmmm fresh buffalo mozz.

Our pizza was your standard margarita (tomato sauce, mozz and basil), but I don’t have any pics of ours because I was helping. But I do have Libb’s pie prep to show you.

I don’t recommend topping your pie with pepperoni when implementing this cooking process. It may cause your pie to catch on fire.

But the results taste amazing.

Oh crispy pepperoni, how I love thee.

Sibling excitement for pizza.

Now I’m eating a spinach pancake,

and an ugly bowl of greek yogurt, blueberries, oats, chia seeds and cinnamon.

But I’d much rather be eating pizza.

Flatbread….flat out blah.

I really have nothing to offer ya’ll today…I’m tired and it tomorrow is a full moon, (which, if you didn’t know, kind of makes people a tad crazy. Particularly the tween/teen type of people).

Today was gloriously sunny…yet it snowed.

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My car’s temperature gage read 36 degrees…

Seriously. How was it snowing?

Nothing stuck, but still…it was weird.

Ya know the accent vlog* that is going around? There is a question that asks, “what is it called when it rains and the sun is shining?” Apparently that is a “sun shower.” I’d never heard this term before. Maybe that is because I’m from the Northwest? So what is the term when it snows and the sun is shining? A snow shower? Snow sunner? Sun snower? I don’t know…

*I really want to do the accent vlog, but have been sick the past two weekends, (when I would have natural light), so I haven’t done it yet.

This morning I hit snooze, (twice), and realized that I couldn’t get more than a 20 minute work out in before I needed to shower/get ready because I had an early morning meeting, so I might as well just sleep in, (because 6 a.m. is sleeping in for me).

Brekkie was some oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, thawed frozen blueberries (love!) and a container of yoplait light ff triple berry tort. This yogurt was ok, but wayyyyy too sweet. I prefer plain or vanilla.

Lunch was a leftover quinoa, butternut squash, shroom, onion, chicken bowl. Usually I enjoy leftovers. Today? Not so much. This was so much better the night-of. Sigh.

My kiwi made up for it though.

Mid afternoon I attacked a heart-shaped sugar cookie, (un-photographed) and it was amazing.

Then it was off to The Davenport Safari Room for a little snack attack happiness with some very lovely ladies. I met up with Brittany and Kyndra for some flatbread + conversation. I love these ladies, and it has been way, way too long since we’ve gotten together.

Luckily I’ve already made plans for my day off(!!) tomorrow with Britt so I can continue my girlie fix.

I ordered a roma/pesto flatbread.

Here’s the deal, if you want a cheapie-semi-decent flatbread, the Safari Room is the place to go. For $4.50 happy hour price you can’t go wrong. It has cheese (good), tomatoes, (good, better when in season), and pesto, (umm…who doesn’t love pesto?).

But is this good flatbread? No. It is rather bland. And the dough…kinda dry, flavorless and cracker-like. But when pairing with a glass of vino, it isn’t too  bad if you don’t want to spend much moola. Plus everything on their drink menu is half off between 3 and 6, so it is pretty much the best happy hour in town, (if you only care about price).

For a foodie it isn’t the best option, but it is a good, cheapie place to meet your gal-pals.

What are your requirements for a hh fix-food options or drink options? Or is company all you really need?