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Lentil Soup for a Small Planet. Can a bowl of soup save the world?

Lentil Soup for a Small Planet

At the age of 21, I was given the task of helping to figure this out. One of the first jobs I had after college was as a research assistant at an institute called the World Hunger Program. This was a think tank of impassioned and idealistic academics working towards the goal of promoting sustainable agricultural development worldwide. I remember being asked to call the USDA to find out the nitrogen content of the waste products of various farm animals. That’s right: how much nitrogen is contained in the manure of goats, sheep, cows, et cetera– not to eat, but as organic fertilizer.

Decades after I worked on world hunger research, the sustainability of our food supply has become a hot topic. Frances Moore Lappé, activist and author of 1971′s Diet for A Small Planet, has dedicated her career to this idea. Her message has rung loud and with great clarity to millions since then, inspiring a new generation of food activists. Vegan Black Bean Soup. August 19, 2013 Do you have any relatives who say that they cook and then they just open cans?

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Yep, this recipe was inspired by a “Can Chef”. I am always looking for a way to store healthy meal components in my pantry so when I run out of food, time, etc. - a meal is just waiting for me. If you look in my cabinets, you will find cans of black beans and cans of tomatoes. I wish I had the foresight to cook my beans from the dried version because I would save some money. There is about 400 mg of sodium in ½ cup of canned beans.

Diced tomatoes of every flavor can be found next to the tomato sauce in your local store. Easy Broccoli Quinoa Soup Recipe. Pasta E Fagioli. Hi Ladies!

Pasta E Fagioli

What a GREAT recipe for those who garden. As you can see, I purchase my ingredients…but mark my words, SOMEDAY I will take up gardening! I admire all of you who work so hard to grow beautiful, organic, delicious veggies, herbs and fruits….I can’t wait to join in! Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe ~ Healthy Soup Recipe. Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup Most pumpkin soup recipes are loaded with cream, but this Spicy Pumpkin Soup is a healthy soup recipe, bold and rich with southwest flavor.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe ~ Healthy Soup Recipe

It’s gluten free, vegan, and a comfort to the soul. Life has many high points, but here and there we stumble into dark valleys, filled with trials and defeat. It’s human nature to not want to think about hard times. Recipes for Health - Black Bean Chili. Ingredients, Inc.Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe. Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe December 06, 2011 It’s the time of year when I like to make a lot of soups, and chili, of course.

Ingredients, Inc.Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Recipe

This Chipotle Vegetarian Chili recipe is one of my newest favorites filled with black beans, corn, fresh vegetables, and chipotle peppers. I used the canned chipotle peppers, and they are great. Just don’t go overboard and add too many. Chipotle Vegetarian Chili Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 45 minutes Yield: 4 to 6 servings 2 tablespoons olive oil1 tablespoon ground cumin1 tablespoon chili powder1 to 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped1 large onion, chopped (about 11/2 cups)2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)1 medium red bell pepper diced (1 cup)3 cloves garlic, minced2 (14-ounce) low salt black beans, rinsed and drained12 ounce light beer1/2 cup vegetable broth1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes1 cup frozen corn, thawed1 teaspoon sea salt (optional)1 Nonfat Greek yogurt, green onions.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder. This recipe has a long history with my little family.

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

I got the original version from my sister-in-law when my husband and I were newlyweds. We had just moved into our condo with the bright red kitchen. I have such fond memories of that kitchen! Anyway, the only veggies in the recipe back in those days were potatoes, and it called for turkey bacon. I remember thinking "heck no! " Cheesy Vegetable Chowder 2 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped carrot. Curried Tomato and Red Lentil Soup. It’s a brilliant spring day in Portland, Oregon, and with the wind chill factored in, around 37 degrees.

Curried Tomato and Red Lentil Soup

I bundled up in several layers and topped those off with my heaviest winter coat, scarf, and gloves in order to walk my customary loop from the Pearl district to the Northwest district, over to Burnside, and then back again, about 4 miles. With a Walk Score of 91 out of 100 (Walker’s Paradise), walking is definitely part of my daily regimen when I am in Portland, even when it’s cold. Plus, I need to make up for all the chocolate I ate in February. Today, I saw only one cherry tree in full blossom, but quite a few trees are at least beginning to bud. Daffodils are suddenly everywhere. The average minimum temperature for Portland in March is 39 degrees, with an average maximum temperature of 56 degrees.

In case you are on the same track in your corner of the world, I just put the finishing touches on the Lentil Primer. Tomato Zucchini Soup. Soup in August.

Tomato Zucchini Soup

I know this is weird. Soup is my de-stresser. Ok… to be fair pancakes (especially the chocolate chip variety) are also my de-stresser. I find cheeseburgers to be a wonderful distraction. Peanut Butter Cookies rock my de-stressed world. Real-Deal Tortilla Soup. Pantry Dinner: Pappa al Pomodoro - The Family Dinner by Laurie David. Aaaaaargh!

Pantry Dinner: Pappa al Pomodoro - The Family Dinner by Laurie David

It’s 5:49 pm and you have not a clue what your family is going to have for dinner. Never fear, your pantry dinner recipe is here! Sometimes you have time to spend a whole day cooking and humming around your kitchen in a fancy apron. And sometimes you just fling open your pantry and hope that dinner has just magically appeared. Peas and Crayons: Waiter? There are balls in my soup. I'm still tallying up the winner from yesterday's shenanigans but had to sneak this amazingness into your life ay-sapp [that's ASAP if you don't speak crazy]

Peas and Crayons: Waiter? There are balls in my soup.

Lentil Soup. Soups. This recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Soup is a creamy and delicious, easy weeknight dinner. I am obsessed with easy soup recipes lately and this one fits the bill. I love soup because it's so easy to throw everything in, let in cook all day, serve it for dinner (all in one meal). The end. Add two cans of beans and a can of corn to this soup to beef it up a little. Or keep it as is. Makes 4-6 servings Ideal slow cooker size: 3-4 quart Cooking time: 4-6 hours 1 (14 oz) can black beans 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes 1 cup picante sauce (mild, medium or hot...up to you) 1 cup water + 1 tsp chicken bouillon granules. Chicken soup. One of the tricks to eating well, in my humble opinion, is to eat simple meals comprised of high quality ingredients. The high quality ingredients will allow you to “cheat” because they’re, A priori, spectacular food items to begin with and the simple meal part will ensure you (read me) won’t screw up the cooking process because simple means little manipulation or time spent in the kitchen.

Homemade Cream Of Broccoli Soup Recipe - - 271210. Pasta e Fagioli. Soup was on the menu this weekend, and I decided to make a special treat, Pasta e Fagioli. After all it was our 8 month anniversary! For those of you who have been to Olive Garden for "Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks" this recipe is exactly like theirs. For those of you who haven't tried it before, please add it to your menu sometime soon. Ratatouille’s ratatouille. Tell me I’m not alone in this: You saw Ratatouille, fell in love with Remy (though you still jumped a foot in the air when you saw a significantly less-charming rodent scamper across your path on the way home) and found yourself with a pressing craving, not for the heavy and too-often soggy traditional Provençal ratatouille, but that kaleidoscope of spiraled colors they served to the haughty and (spoiler!)

Soon-humbled restaurant critic. Recipe: Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup. Saturday was a snowy, icy, and cold day so therefore a perfect day to try out a soup recipe that I've been dying to make for myself. This recipe is from my new favorite cooking website 365 Days of Slow Cooking and it was absolutely delicious paired with freshly-made whole wheat bread from Harris Teeter. Ingredients 2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice 1 cup finely diced celery 1 cup finely diced carrots 1 cup finely diced onions 1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano 1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil 4 cups chicken broth ½ bay leaf ½ cup flour 1 cup Parmesan cheese ½ cup butter 2 cups half and half, warmed (I would go with only a cup and a half though) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper Directions 1. 2. 3.

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup.