Friday, March 26, 2010

Coming Home Veggie Soup: Meatless Meal

Here's my meatless no-fuss soup. You can cook it in a crock pot if you like, or cook it on the stove and keep it warm in a crock pot while you're out. We did this the Friday we went to Stations of the Cross and came home to a nice hot meal and didn't have to keep hungry kids and starving daddy waiting.

"Coming Home Veggie Soup"

This is vague recipe. Let me know if you have any questions.

Possible ingredients (but you can use what you have on hand)

Zuccini or other squash
Peas (can or frozen)
Corn (can or frozen)
A can or two of kidney beans and/or black beans
A can or two of crushed or chopped tomatoes

Fill your kettle and put it on to boil so you'll have hot water.

Chopped onion- saute' on low in your soup pot (I use olive oil)

While that's cooking (keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn) cut up your other veggie and toss them in as ready. **A head of broccoli, zucchini, a couple of carrots, are all good choices. Use more or less of each depending on what's available and the size of your family. Stir and oil as needed.

Toss in some salt.

Cook all the veggies until sort of soft, but not done. Toss in some frozen or canned peas and/or corn if you wish. Add the hot water. (careful not to let it splash back when you're adding to a hot pot) Add extra water, if it's not enough.

Add quite a bit of oregano and a bit of cumin powder, if you have it.

Toss in beans any time. They're already cooked. I always drain and rinse them a bit first. But don't add the tomato until the end and all the veggies are fully cooked. You may blend them first, if your family doesn't like chunks. I often blend one can to flavor the soup and give it a pretty red color and add the other as chunks.

Serve with bread product of your choice- sour dough, muffins, tortillas (wonderful with quesadillas), or sliced bread and butter.

Now, Barbara over at My Daily Round posted some fab recipes for the meatless meal Lenten carnival. So, go take a look. I'm particularly interested in her pumpkin pancakes. Yum!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Last Supper Food Portion Study and Suffering

They analyzed the sizes of the plates of food depicted in the paintings of The Last Supper over the years. (See it here.) It got me thinking about suffering and our tolerance for suffering. Lent is a good time of year for that. Contemplating the Last Supper, doubly so.

Jesus suffered greatly on the cross the day after the Last Supper, but one does not often think of the portions he consumed prior to death. Well, apparently a particular group of scientist did, but they are in the minority... until now.

We hate to suffer. I hate to suffer. I'm sure people throughout history hated to suffer, it's the nature of suffering. If it weren't so, they'd call it pleasure.

But the thing is, we aren't *willing* to suffer these days. That's why we overeat. We don't want to suffer hunger or suffer not joining the kids in a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints.

We smoke or do drugs, so we don't have to suffer emotional pain or boredom.

We contract sexually transmitted disease because we don't want to suffer the discomfort of waiting until marriage to make love. We make kids suffer being born out of wedlock for the same reason.

We divorce rather than suffer through hard times to improve our marriage. We marry someone we shouldn't because we didn't want to suffer through a long courtship to get to know them.

(I'm not pointing fingers, believe me. I'm guilty of many of these things.)

Even my tolerance for suffering through looking up a word in the dictionary has decreased. I want it instantly spell-checked for me. Do you pop open your dictionary, the paper kind, to look up the definition of a word or do you want the instant relief of an online dictionary? (I actually still enjoy the occasional stroll through the pages of my hard-bound tome- but that is a pleasure, not a suffering.

As we approach Holy Week, let's pray a little more, give a little more, fast a little more. Maybe we can approach Easter with a little more joy because we were more fully able to join Jesus in his suffering and appreciate his sacrifice. Just a thought.

Oo! Oo! Let's end with a Chesterton quote.

"The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost." G.K.C.

Thanks for reading. :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning and Natural Living

Katie, over at Kitchen Stewardship, is hosting a blog carnival. The theme is "Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out." She and her blogger friends are going to have some super tips for us about dejunking our lives and bodies.

This is great for me because when I came back to the Catholic Church I sure didn't give up being "crunchy" - using natural products, organic foods, cloth diapers... In fact, I found that the Catholic faith is pretty darn crunchy.

If you want to read something both mooshy gooshy and bold and motivational on that, just take a gander at JPII's message on World Peace Day 1-1-90. Just to give you a little taste- "Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith."

Lately I've found both my prayer life and my crunchy life have gotten a bit dry. Lent and Springtime are a PERFECT time for this carnival. I hope you'll join them. I know I will. :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Haters in The World of Blogging

I must be coming up in the world of blogging. I've been visited by my first "hater." See the comment section under my post "More About Your Friends..." You'll also see that my good friend Randy came to my defense. :)

My teenage daughter once said something regarding YouTube video bloggers (aka vloggers) about how they know they are becoming truly popular when they begin receiving comments from haters- those folks who troll the web looking for things they love to hate and then proceed to explain to anyone who'll listen how much they hate it.

I imagine it's the same emotional bursting thing my twins go through when they're tired and hungry and start calling each other "poopy butts." Except these are much older people so it's sort of pitiful. I feel badly for them.

However, I've been steeped in writing workshop thingies in the virtual Catholic Writers Conference, so I'm in a giddy mood. Instead of lamenting, I'll share one of my favorite videos that came to mind when my hater posted.