WooooHoooo!! Success in the kitchen today. That is so rare for me that I deserve a kitchen Grammy on Grammy Awards day. Back when I was a carnivore, I made a great vegetable beef soup that my kids loved too. I put a roast in the crock pot, covered it with a can of tomato juice and added potatoes, carrots and cabbage. After it cooked all day, I shredded the roast and boiled some egg noodles to put in it. My secret ingredient was just enough Tabasco sauce to give it a little kick.
Today it is bitter cold in Kansas and we are expecting snow tonight. I am secretly hoping for enough snow that the kids have a snow day so I can justify working from home tomorrow and not driving 45 minutes or better on very slick roads in the morning! Anyway, today was food day--usually I do Saturday, but I took pics of 5 different kids yesterday, so that makes today food day. I was really, really craving my vegetable beef soup. So, I had some low sodium tomato juice in the cabinet and I decided to go for it without the beef. I poured the can of tomato juice (large can, not the soda sized cans) and added about 2 cups of water into a big pot, chunked up the head of red cabbage I had, cut up some carrots and potatoes and threw in a bag of frozen corn. For spices I used cumin, garlic cloves, low sodium vegetable bullion, dried onion (only because I don't like onion pieces in my soup--weird I know) and quite a bit of Tabasco sauce to give it just the kick I love. I discovered kale this week so I put some kale in for its mega vitamin and mineral boost. I will have to admit, when I was ready to eat the soup, I fished the kale back out because it looks disgusting cooked. The soup could not have turned out better--it totally hit the spot and tasted just like the old soup without the meat and noodles. That makes a great kitchen Grammy day!
On the subject of kale, I have found in all my reading and research that this seems to be a kill many birds with one stone veggie; tons of vitamins and minerals ( I'll bet my family doc would never eat it--Mr. nutrition king!). I got it to put in my leafy green salads. It has a flavor that I really like. I try to keep challenging myself to try new veggies and fruits that I have always thought sounded gross. I am pleasantly surprised that I have liked some of them so far. Just as I found I love pomegranates, it seems they are no longer in season--sucks! I liked bok choy. I bought a couple artichokes and cooked them today. They smelled bad while they were cooking and I didn't like them. I bought them because I like artichoke hearts on my salad but they all seemed to be jarred in oil. The actual artichoke has very little artichoke heart and I didn't like the rest of it. I did try it even though I felt stupid because I had to look up online how to eat it. I just didn't care for it--I'll never be able to get past the smell.
As the new lifestyle continues, I surprise even myself with the ease at which I have taken to it. Yay!