The making of this soup recipe couldn't have come at a better time. I had planned on making it because I happened to have all the ingredients in my pantry & fridge and some of them had to be used up soon, before they went bad. The day I had planned it for actually ended up being cloudy, dreary, and unseasonably cool- perfect for soup! Not to worry though, our summer heat is already coming back today and it will continue to get hotter every day throughout the week!
Slightly adapted, from Color Me Vegan
1 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon oil
2 cloves garlic
10 cups water
2 cups red lentils
3 red (or purple) potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
2 red beets, peeled and diced
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 parsnip, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
1/4 to 1/2 cup red miso paste, depending on how strong it is (I used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup vegetable juice (I used vegetable broth)
1 teaspoon salt
pepper, to taste
In a large soup pot saute the onions in the oil, over medium heat, until opaque (5-7 minutes). Add the garlic and saute one more minute. Add the water, lentils, potatoes, beets, carrots, parsnip, red pepper flakes, and dill. Cover, raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender.
In a small bowl thoroughly combine the miso and juice. When the soup is done, remove from heat and stir in the miso mixture. Serve and garnish with dill.
Note: Do not skip using the miso- I taste tested the soup before the miso addition and it was much better after the miso was added.
Larabars. There are recipes all over the internet for these 5 ingredient (or less) bars. I put this blueberry bliss recipe on a printable page, so that I can print it off and put it in my recipe binder (nerdy... I know, I know). I thought I'd share it with you incase you wanted to do the same thing (probably not, but maybe). It was so simple to make. I found the measurements here, and doubled it. There are also a bunch of other flavor combinations on the same page! If you are interested in peanut butter and jelly bars, there is recipe here. There is also a yummy looking cherry Larabar recipe here.
These are the 5 ingredients I used to make this yummy bar.
Blueberry Bliss Bars
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup roughly chopped medjool dates
2/3 cup almonds
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
a few drops of almond extract (I think they would still be yummy without this, if you don't have it)
Put the blueberries, dates, lemon zest, and almond extract in a food processor and process until it becomes like a paste. Transfer to a medium bowl. Put the almonds in the food processor and process until finely chopped. Add to the date mixture. Use your fingers to knead the date mixture and almonds together. Roll out into a rectangle and cut into 4 or 5 bars. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in fridge.