Monday, October 1, 2012

I'm doing it, okay?

Yes, I know. Not a day goes by that I don't think about this blog, and how I've neglected it. I tend to blow my wad during MoFo, and then spend the rest of the year recuperating. Well, here it is. Vegan Month of Food starts today, and I seriously didn't make up my mind on participating until this morning. I just have zero time! time after watching Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, and Walking Dead...

 This morning I missed the bus to Whole Foods, so had to go to the Wedge. This means that I had to budget, which I am no good at. I ended up spending $40 for a bag of groceries, and I can use the stuff for maybe two dishes I have planned. Gawd, can payday please come sooner?

Lucky for me, I had some pictures and a recipe waiting in the wings from last week. Right now, I'm doing the Engine 2 diet. Not because I need to lower my cholesterol (it's never been better!), or because I've strayed off the plant-based path, but because my weight graph on Weight Watchers' website looks like a bunch of Ms and Ws, and I needed something to kick it in the right directions. After two weeks, I'm down 6.5 pounds and feel like I've been scrubbed clean inside. The thing I don't like about it, is the lack of recipes out there. I googled "Engine 2 recipes" and got a lot of stuff from the cookbook. Not a bad thing; because folks who want to do it and not buy the book have a resource, but COME ON. No one's created anything? So, week one of MoFo is all about Engine 2. I'll start with a soup I made last week.

Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Kale
 (makes a ton)
1 1/2 cups dried green or brown lentils
2 medium red potatoes, diced (leave the skin on)
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 onion, diced
2 apples (I used Granny Smith), cored and diced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp curry powder

Put all this in a normal-sized slow cooker, and fill almost to the top with water. Cover and cook on low six hours.

Uncover, stir, season to taste (I ended up adding more curry). Then add the following:

1 bunch of dinosaur kale, rinsed and chopped
1 can fire roasted tomatoes with chilis
splash of sherry

Stuff it down in there, cover. Cook on high for about an hour, or until kale is nicely wilted. Serve garnished with avocado or plain, unsweetened soy yogurt.


Genevieve said...

That looks really good. I never would have thought to put apples in soup. I've been interested in engine 2 so I'm looking forward to see what you come up with.