Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew

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I think I’ve finally decided what to give up for Lent.

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I know you were all really concerned with how I’d be recognizing the lenten season, and the wait is over.

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I’m giving up music.

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Doesn’t that sound BLEAK?! Have no fear. I’m not giving up all music, just everything other than Christian music. That might still sound bleak to some of you… but I love my Jesus jams! I’m going to go 6 weeks without playing other tunes – no emo, crying music, no Rachel’s Trax playlist on Spotify (complete with all the songs that make me so emotional they literally stop me in my Trax, get it?!?!), none of my mixed CDs from 2013, nothing! Obviously, I can’t avoid other music all together. I’d be thrown out of establishments if I ran around with my ears plugged, screaming “LA LA LA, I DON’T HEAR YOU!!!!” But when I have a choice, ya girl is rocking out to Jesus.

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Taylor Swift picked a really inopportune time to release a new music video.

 

 

Time: 1 hour ( prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. of sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro + more for serving
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice, for serving

 

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add bell pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + tomatoes + S+P, coat + cook another 5 minutes
  • Add peanut butter + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika, stir until everything combined
  • Add broth, cover + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat to a simmer + add chickpeas, cover + simmer for 25 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in spinach + cilantro + juice of 1/2 the lime
  • Serve warm over brown rice with more cilantro + lime wedges
  • Stir it all up + do a cannon ball into the smack dab middle

 

Adapted from here!

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!

Carrot + Ginger Soup

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Birthdays look so different when you’re in your late twenties.

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Especially when you’re just super lame.

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Garr turns 29 tomorrow and the ways in which we are celebrating are similar to that of a 49-year-old and a 9-year-old.

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The man wanted a gold wedding band to replace his silver one – of all things. He’s a true catch. The best is that me and my friends told him to get a gold wedding band originally, but apparently 5 years ago gold was not kewl. Now, only gold is kewl. I digress. In addition to his ring, he has to have lil treats for tomorrow! So I grabbed some of his favorites – chocolate chips for midnight snacks, diet Dr. Peppers that we can’t typically keep in the house because he chugs them and cinnamon rolls for breakfast this weekend. For his birthday dinner, I told him I would make anything in the world. He asked for biscuit breakfast sandwiches. It’s like he’s 90 years old and just wants to visit the local McDonald’s for a nice sausage biscuit breakfast.

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I also have a pan of brownies cooling for him to take to his classmates tomorrow. He’s basically in the second grade.

 

 

Time: 1 1/2 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of carrots, peeled + washed
  • 1 knob of ginger, peeled + diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 14oz. can of full coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of coriander
  • 1 tsp. of italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed red pepper
  • S+P, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Pumpkin seeds, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Arrange carrots on a lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P
  • Bake for 40 minutes, flipping at least once
  • While the carrots cook, heat remaining oil in a dutch oven over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger + coriander + Italian seasoning + crushed red pepper + S+P, cook another minute
  • Once carrots are cooled, chop them up + add to pot
  • Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat + simmer for 15 minutes
  • Turn off heat + blend using an immersion blender
  • Once almost completely smooth, add coconut milk + lemon juice, blend until super duper smooth
  • Serve warm with pumpkin seeds + cilantro
  • Curl up on the couch in as many blankets as you can get your hands on + slurp on your soup until you turn into a knob of ginger or a carrot, whichever happens first