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Homemade Vegetable Soup

Also known as — what’s in the fridge and cupboards that I can throw together into a yummy meal? Here’s what I threw in:

1 cup chopped green onion (like 5 of them, whites included)
1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 large)
1 cup chopped celery (about 3 long stalks)
1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid
3 cloves minced garlic
1 can black beans, drained
1 can great northern beans, drained
4-1/2 cups water
1 to 1-1/2 tbsp salt (I eyeball it in my palm)
2 tsp black pepper
1 capful Mrs. Dash
1 palmful of dried parsley (about 1 tbsp)
1/3 palmful of dried oregano (about 1 tsp)
1/3 palmful of dried basil (about 1 tsp)
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1 can baby sweet peas
1 to 1-1/2 cup uncooked cavatappi (or any other small-ish pasta)
additional water to suit preference

I combined all of the first portion of ingredients in a big pot, brought to a boil, then simmered until the carrots were tender — about 20 minutes. I then added the rest of the ingredients, brought back to a boil, then simmered until the pasta is al dente — about 10-15 minutes.

It smells and tastes so great!!!!

Yummy Goodness!

Here’s an amazing recipe for some homemade granola! (Thank you, Teresa G.!) My comments are emphasized.

Teresa’s Organic Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
3 tablespoons flax seeds (I ground all 3 tbsp)
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds (I used raw pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup toasted mixed nuts, chopped (I used toasted almonds, though next time I’ll leave them raw)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil (I used veggie)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used a mix of dried cherries, cranberries, and blueberries)
I also added 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes.

Preheat the oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate.

Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the depth of browning you’re looking for — I baked for just 20 minutes), stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove the granola from the oven and cool completely, in its pan, on a wire rack. Once the granola is cool, you then mix in the dried fruit.

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