Things I’ve been Loving all up on Lately:
1.) COOKBOOK LOVE!! Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love!! I love the love you’re giving me on Delicious Probiotic Drinks!! You sure know how to put a smile on a girl’s face!
2.) Green tea! Recently, I’ve replaced my coffee habit with a high octane green tea addiction. Each morning, I make a green tea latte using almond milk and honey and Gyokuro Japanese Loose Green Tea OR Davidson’s Tea Matcha Green Powder. I have no oxidants in my body. Not a single one.
3.) The Huffington Post has become my eco-friendly version of picking up a trashy magazine in line at the grocery store (that’s not to say Huff Post is trashy. It’s not…until it is). One of my friends sent me this article, and I enjoyed the crap out of this, this, and this . Plus this infographic. Men: You’re like, “thanks, Julia. Thanks for wasting five of my precious clicks on your girly trash.” To which I respond, “here ya go.”
4.) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, who writes The Bloggess . I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read lately, so I’ve literally been reading this book a few pages at a time right before bed. It’s a crack up! Recommend, recommend !!
5.) Sammy Kershaw’s Queen of my Double Wide Trailer < – – – this will forever and always be my favorite song.
6.) Raw Cacao Powder < – – – but you already know I love this. I used this Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder to make these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies. I love the health benefits of raw cacao powder and have been using it like mad lately given the fact that it’s hot chocolate season AND V Day is coming up. Tomorrow.
7.) Group text messages. Hollaaaaa.
8.) This soup!
You met Andrea from Dishing Up the Dirt recently when she posted her Kale Cesar Salad with Garlicy Chickpea Croutons up in here. Her food sings right down to my soul. I could live day in and day out off of Andrea’s recipes.
I made Andrea’s Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew with White Beans and Spinach on a frigid winter’s eve when all I wanted was to warm my hands and belly by enjoying a steamy bowl of soup. It hit the sweet spot like no soup has done for a long, long time! It’s so simple, yet so full of flavor, and so very cozy! I made a couple tiny changes to the recipe (due to availability of ingredients in my house). I will be making this soup time and again.
Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stew
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 inch large sweet potato cut into 1/4 chunks
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 15- ounce can full fat coconut milk
- 1 15- ounce can cannellini beans
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa
- 4 cups spinach
- 1 quart low sodium vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, sweet potato, quinoa, salt, and cayenne pepper. Cook for about 3 more minutes.
Add the vegetable stock and beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Stir in coconut milk and spinach and allow soup to cook an additional 5 minutes to allow spinach to wilt. If soup is too thick add a bit more stock or water. Season to taste with plenty of salt and pepper.