Even though it’s still more than 100 degrees here in Texas, it’s September and the football season has finally begun so I’ve decided to pretend that it’s fall! Woohoo!
So, it may not officially be fall yet, but I’m already dreaming about colder weather and warmer foods. The official start of the season isn’t for a few more weeks, but the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store allude to what’s on the horizon. Recently, I’ve been seeing increasingly more winter squashes–one of my favorite foods–in the produce aisle and it’s made me so happy that I can’t help but snatch them up each time I see them. So happy, in fact, that I don’t even mind heating up the oven. Yep, I’ll sweat it out in my kitchen if it means enjoying dishes like this Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Squash. Besides, even the cold leftovers the next day are out of this world. Continue reading →
My hubby buys vegetarian lentil soup nearly every time we go to the grocery store. I was shocked the first time he brought home a big tub of the soup–my hubby, the meat-eater, enjoying a vegetarian dish?!? (I can’t tell you how much it thrills me that he loves a food we can both eat!!) Unfortunately, there is a down-side: what doesn’t thrill me about this scenario is how quickly those gigantic tubs can add up. One tub = 1, maybe 2, servings for him, and each tub costs around $8. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for something that often constitutes just a snack or only a portion of his lunch or dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to recreate his favorite soup a couple of times. Both times, however, no matter how much I seasoned, the soups turned out bland and tasted merely “OK.” Despite my past failures, my hubby has continued to ask me to try again. I’ve wanted to, but my ego has kept me from agreeing with him–what if I fail yet again?? Finally, after months of badgering, I caved. Fortunately for me, the third time really is a charm Continue reading →