Obviously, since I blog pictures of just about everything I eat, you know that I am not vegan. I think it is safe to say that I am vegan-curious though. I try to eat meat no more than once a week. And I am usually trying to eat less and less. Mostly for health reasons. Lately I have been expanding “meat” to include “animal products” and trying to eat more vegan stuff. A cool side effect of this blog is that it forces me to be more thoughtful about what I eat. Thanks, blog!
Since I have pounds and pounds of starchy root vegetables hanging out in my kitchen, it would be hard for me to commit to the Green Smoothie Challenge right now. But it’s also safe to say that I am green-smoothie-curious. I’ve tried almost all of Somer’s smoothie recipes and have never been disappointed. It’s amazing how little two cups of greens affects the flavor of a sweet smoothie. And also amazing how frickin fabulous I feel all morning!
Anyway, this soup was warming and wonderfully healthy. And I’m sure it would have been delicious, too. Except for this one little thing. An accident happened. You see, I have all my herbs and spices in little glass jars, labeled with bistro markers. Somehow, in the process of cleaning my kitchen, the writing on the jars has been removed, and I am often left to guess what is in them using my powers of sensory detection. I’m not sure what I put in this soup instead of cumin, but it definitely wasn’t cumin. It was still good. I just think it would have been much better had I spice-guessed correctly. Ah well. Lentil fail.
I did make a few CSA-related substitutions to the soup. I used this jar of chopped tomatoes. And I also subbed parsnips for carrots. I think they are, like, almost the same thing, right? Parsnips just need a tan. And carrots just need to lay of the sunless tanner. Oh, I also had this sweet red pepper that I threw in there. It was threatening to go bad. And we can’t have veggies going bad, can we?