A Day of Vegan Eating

February 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm 7 comments

I was feeling camera iPhone happy today and took a bunch of pictures of the food that I ate.  This vegan thing has got me doing crazy things!  Blame all the soy products!

Since Henry is asleep, I thought I’d take this opportunity to not do laundry and instead write another blog entry!  Clearly I have got this Stay-At-Home-Mom thing down pat.

The big event of the day was a new recipe I tried called Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup.  I come across plenty of vegan recipes that call for curry powder, but not too many that also require dried apricots.  I knew I had to make this, especially since it also calls for coconut milk.  Dried apricots + coconut milk = 🙂

Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup

2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 onions, diced

8 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon of ginger powder

1 Tablespoons of mild curry powder

1 tomato, chopped

1 cup dried apricots, chopped

2 cups red lentils, rinsed

8 cups of water

3/4 cup coconut milk

Chopped cilantro for garnish

1.  In a large pot over medium heat, cook onions in vegetable oil for about 10 minutes (stir frequently!)

2.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and add garlic and ginger.  Cook and stir for two minutes.  Add curry powder and stir for one more minute.

3.  Add tomato, apricots, lentils and water.

4.  Raise heat to high until boiling and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.

5.  Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree soup.  Since I like my soup to have texture, I pureed about half of the soup.

6.  Return soup to pot over low heat and stir in coconut milk.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro.

This soup is so good the sun came out to greet it

What I love about this soup:

– The tiny chunks of juicy dried apricots

–  COCONUT MILK!!!

–  Does not require vegetable broth, thus the sodium content is low

–  Lentils make this soup incredibly nutritious and filling.  I had it for both lunch and dinner!

Here are some other things I ate today.  I believe I photographed everything except for the two Maple Walnut cookies I had after lunch!  For breakfast, I had the Carrot Cake Oatmeal as previously noted earlier.

A handful of trail mix with a clementine

A free sample of Vanilla Rooibos tea which I promptly poured down the sink after two sips (not a fan of herbal teas yet I keep trying them, hoping my taste buds will change!)

Green Monster made with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 large handful of baby spinach

Two Frosty No-Bake Glo Cakes!

I highly recommend trying the No-Bake Glo Cakes.  This isn’t the best time of year for consuming frozen edibles (since we are currently living in a frozen edible!), but this healthy alternative to ice cream is surprisingly delicious.  Since I don’t have rice crisp cereal, I substituted All-Bran.  Yes!  A dessert that contains All-Bran is a dessert worth mentioning.  Recommendation:  Go heavy on the peanut butter.

You would think that all of this nutritious, delicious food would fuel my determination to do laundry.  Think again…:)

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lynn  |  February 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    That soup sounds great.Do you think reducing the amt of apricots would change it much?

    Reply
    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  February 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

      I don’t think so. There would just be less of the juicy morsels to bite down on!

      Reply
  • 3. Therese  |  February 10, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Love the sounds of that recipe! YUM!!!

    Reply
  • 5. Sarah  |  February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I got that free sample of tea too! 🙂 That was the kind of tea that my latte was made out of that time I brought us all Starbucks… remember how I didn’t like it? I was hoping maybe having it as just a tea would change the taste…. I have yet to try it. I hope I am not disappointed, I loooooove all things vanilla. 🙂

    Reply
    • 6. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  February 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I hope you’re not disappointed too, but I think you will be 😦 It doesn’t take like vanilla! It tastes like, er, rotten potpourri!

      Reply
  • 7. Erika  |  February 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Wonderful picttures! Now Im hungry…

    Reply

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