Spicy White Bean Soup

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This world is the freaking worst.

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I want no parts of it! I want out!

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The brokenness, the suffering, we weren’t meant for it. This wasn’t God’s design for us.

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Recently it seems our circle of humans is experiencing more loss and sadness than ever. It leaves me with so many questions and so much confusion. We’re experiencing the loss of loved ones, pregnancies, and dreams. We’re introduced to health problems, financial stresses and relationship issues. It’s just all too much. I wish we could all have the desires of our hearts and our pain washed away. I don’t have anything clever or cute to say. I’m just sad. My faith has really been shaken the last few weeks, but I won’t let go. I’m holding tight to the promises of God. I trust He is in control and near our broken hearts.

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And I trust in soup. Lots and lots of soup.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of harissa
  • 3 cans of cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch of broccolini, florets cut off + stems diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red peppers
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add harissa, cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes
  • Add beans + S+P, cook 2-3 minutes, smushing a few of them
  • Add broth + broccolini stems, bring to a simmer + cook for 20 minutes
  • Add broccoli tops + lemon juice + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Serve hot with cilantro
  • Curl up in jammies + blankies, grab some Kleenex + just drown your sorrows in the whole vat of this

 

Adapted from here!

Spaghetti + Cannellini Bean Meatballs

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In a past life, my ultimate guilty pleasure was a meatball sub.

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Like, not just two pieces of bread with meatballs in the middle – a SUB.

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Imagine how graceful & lady like I looked stuffing one of those bad boys in my mouth.

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Garrett is always perplexed when I serve a meatless dinner. Will he get full? Will he not? I think he ate 11 of these. Maybe a beanball record.

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Play your cards right & you might be able to trick your friends into thinking these are full of animal!

Time: 40 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, roasted
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. of oregano
  • 2 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • S+P, to taste
  • Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • Basil, for serving
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a food processor, add beans + red pepper. Pulse until almost pureed
  • In a mixing bowl, combine beans + onion + garlic + oregano + italian seasoning + basil leaves + crushed red pepper + parmesan cheese + breadcrumbs + egg + S+P. Thoroughly combine
  • Using a cookie scoop, form balls with the mixture and place on a lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned
  • Warm marinara sauce in a sauce pan
  • Dunk beanballs in marinara & serve over warm spaghetti with fresh basil + cheese!

Idea from here : http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/11/cannellini-bean-vegetarian-meatballs-with-tomato-sauce-recipe/

Cannellini Beans + Bacon

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Bacon makes me miss home. It reminds me of my BFF and my family and dinner time and just home.

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As soon as I heard that familiar sizzle, I burst into tears. Garrett was v confused but held me anyways. What a guy.

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My best friend loved bacon before bacon was a fad. She was lovingly known as the bacon gal within our circle of friends.

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Ironic because she no longer eats meat at all, but that’s beside the point! I still equate bacon with Cheryl which makes me think of home which makes me think of my parents, etc, etc. Cue waterworks.

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A big bowl of pork + beans made me feel a bit better, though.

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking)

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of cannellini beans, washed & drained
  • 8-10 slices of bacon, cut in bite size chunks
  • 2 cups of packed spinach
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat
  • Add bacon and cook for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you like it
  • Put bacon on a paper towel lined plate
  • Add onion + garlic to the same skillet and cook until fragrant and soft
  • Add beans + S+P to the skillet and warm through, about 2-3 minutes
  • Add spinach + S+P + red pepper and cook until wilted
  • Add the bacon back to the skillet and let warm for another minute
  • Cuddle up & eat it while it’s hot!