BUTTERNUT, APPLE, RED LENTIL SOUP

The weather is turning a bit cooler lately and I really wanted soup. Held off on posting to the blog today until it was finished and I could actually give a recipe, not just some general idea. This soup is vegan and oil free!

Butternut, Apple, Red Lentil Soup

Butternut, Apple, Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

½ of a small onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 tablespoon curry powder

Apple Juice (I used Cawston Press, Cloudy Apple, in a tetra pack on the grocery juice aisle)

Veggie Broth or water

16 ounces cubed butternut squash

2 Honey Crisp Apples (medium size), cored, quartered, and sliced thinly crosswise

1 cup red lentils

1 heaping tablespoon Patak’s Indian Curry Paste (For oil-free, sub additional curry powder)

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cawston Press Cloudy Apple Juice

Cawston Press Cloudy  Apple Juice

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Patak’s Mild Curry Paste

Directions:

In the Instant Pot, using the sauté function, dry sauté the onion, celery and ginger until onion is translucent. Add a little apple juice and then the curry powder, sautéing until dry. Add about 4 cups veggie broth (or water) and about ½ cup apple juice (this is not exact; you’ll just need about 4 cups of some liquid.) Stir well and make sure all the little bits are up from the bottom.  Add squash, apples, and lentils. Lock lid in to place, select Manual or Soup (I used Soup) function, and adjust time to 6 minutes. Once cooking is finished, allow for at least 10 minutes of natural release (I did 15 minutes) and then release remaining pressure. Remove liner from pot and set on something heatproof. Add curry paste. Using a stick blender, blend until mostly smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle into bowl and garnish with a swirl of almond milk or a dollop of non-dairy yogurt. Makes about 6 servings.

Enjoy!

Options:

  • Try subbing the butternut squash with pumpkin or sweet potato.
  • Omit curry powder and curry paste and sub with apple pie or pumpkin pie spices, or just some cinnamon and ginger.

Recipe and photos are the property of “LivingaRadiantLife” and may be used only with permission of the author. You may link to this page if you would like to share this recipe. Thank you!

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PICTURES TELL THE STORY

There are many who say that Climate Change is not an issue. Others seem to think the environment is expendable…it doesn’t matter what we destroy as long as we have fuel for our cars. Whether one believes it or not, mankind is wreaking havoc with the soil and with the air. We are destroying our home and the home of future generations.

Just take a look at the pictures on this site. http://zumfeed.com/life/1168-27-images-that-prove-that-we-are-in-danger-7-left-my-mouth-open.html

And after you look, tell me…IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?

I’M LATE

Yesterday was Monday, October 12, and a national holiday. It felt like Sunday…I am late.

Yes, I am late…again… I don’t like being late. In the process of thinking about the fact that I am late, I realized that we are midway through October…Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a heartbeat. I have presents to make (my daughter wants me to knit her hat; I have some ideas for gifts from my sewing machine, too.)

I also have two pairs of socks started…each with one sock completed. My church group has been making ornaments to give away at a Christmas festival in town in December. Those ornaments are nowhere near complete and so I have those at home to finish off, too. I have stacks of fabric to sew up.

Plus I admin a few groups on Facebook, try to write a twice-weekly blog post (sometimes without success), am taking an online cooking class, participate in a community garden (we have two growing seasons here), and am involved in a couple of committees at church. How  did it reach this point? I am supposed to be retired, after all.

It reached this point because I said “yes” rather than “no.” It reached this point because I love everything I do and I love feeling just the slightest bit rushed. It’s that little rush of adrenaline, I suppose. What I don’t like is being late…

So, forgive me if I now see if my new laptop battery is a dud (like the one I received last week) and then go tend to two weeks worth of laundry and clean up the kitchen a bit. I’m late for laundry and cleaning, too…

What’s your take on being late? No judgments from me.

LIFE TOOK A DETOUR

Life has many twists and turns. I’ve been absent for a couple weeks because of those twists and turns. I am back now…but today’s post will be quite short.

One of my detours was taking my elderly cat to the vet last week because of odd behavior. After telling me to be prepared for the worst, the vet ran some tests and said that between kidney failure and cancer, it would be best to say goodbye…and so I did. My sweet “cat girl” and I snuggled while we awaited the test results and upon hearing them, snuggled a bit more as they prepared the injections. I held her through her final moments and cried at her passing.

“Cat girl” had been a part of my family for well over 18 years. My daughter named her Aya, but I gave her so many names over the course of the years, I don’t know that she knew what her name really was. She was a snuggler who thought my lap was the best place in the world. She loved lettuce and begged for it when I made a salad. We carried on conversations together, and I know beyond a doubt that she understood every word I said.

My house is empty now. Hubby doesn’t want more pets…it’s the first time in over 30 years that there has not been a fur baby in our family. Hopefully, some day he’ll relent and another animal will make its way into our home, our hearts, and our lives. In the meantime, I grieve for a precious bundle of fur who brightened my days in so many ways.

And I am grateful that we had 18 plus years together, loving each other.

In Memory

In Memory