Curried Lentil Soup

We all need those recipes that satisfy a broad range of different tastes and ages. This is one to take note of. Everyone I know loves this soup, including adults, teenagers and 3-year olds. It’s easy to make, but has a lovely mix of flavors and is a step up from a more traditional lentil soup.

IMG_20140220_160403I discovered this Curried Lentil Soup Recipe in Bon Appétit a few years ago. The only thing I change is to leave out the butter and use Home Cooked Beans instead of canned.

This recipe is also the first time I came across adding puréed beans to a soup. The combination of whole lentils with puréed garbanzo beans is brilliant. The idea lends itself to all sorts of combinations and is especially helpful for vegan families trying to add creaminess to soups and other dishes. I think puréed white beans would add a yummy, mild creaminess to a lot of different soups.

One think to adjust in this recipe is the amount and spiciness of the curry powder. I tone it down for most children. Curry powders can vary in spiciness, too, so taste yours before adding the full amount or add more if you wish.

Enjoy!!

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Simple Barley Soup
Turnip and Kale Soup with Leeks

Meal Planning Part 2: My Personal Strategy

A few months ago, one of my blog followers asked me to create a menu plan for her and her family. I had made plans for myself before, but never for someone else. It was harder than I thought it would be, especially because menu plans have never worked for me no matter how many times I have tried. I just don’t stick to it. I don’t even know what I am going to want to eat tomorrow let alone a week from now.

One goal of a macrobiotic approach is to re-learn how to create balance and health for ourselves on a daily basis. Weekly menu plans can be helpful in the beginning as we learn what balance feels like. Over time we will regain our intuition. When this happens, we are able to wake up in the morning and intuitively know what we need to maintain our balance taking into consideration all sorts of factors including how we feel, the weather and our activity level173

But, how do we do this for a family when we have kids and busy schedules? Continue reading

Feeding a Baby: Whole Grains

Lena has a new little brother, so I am cooking for a baby again. I know there are a lot of posts out there about how to make homemade baby food, but I thought it might be helpful to see several ways that I make baby grains. Continue reading

Planning Meals for the Week

One simple strategy I have seen many parents use for meal planning is to have a set dish they make for each day of the week. Then, no matter where you are in your day, whether at work, picking up children from school or wiping noses, you always know that if it is Wednesday, for example, you will have burritos for dinner.

Having a plan that stays pretty much the same every week makes grocery shopping simple, too. It’s easy to always have a stash of tortillas in the freezer and to know that Tuesday night you will need to soak your beans. Or, you pull a jar of already cooked ones from the freezer because every other week you make double. IMG_20131205_124433

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Onion, Lotus Root and Carrot Kinpira

I haven’t met very many children who don’t like lotus root. With its neutral flavor and fun almost-crunch, it’s fairly kid-friendly if you can get them to try it. Plus, it has a super neat wagon wheel shape unlike any other vegetable I know.IMG_20131022_091453

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