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Easy Vegetable and Bean Soup

Easy Bean and Veggie Soup | Pale YellowLet’s start our New Year right; veggies and bean.  Easy and delicious.   Healthful.  A recipe so good and tasty I made it several times throughout the fall.  Since a batch makes so many servings, it makes a for a simple week of lunches.  I love the different textures from the veggies and beans; the lentils make the soup seem almost creamy.

Easy Bean and Veggie Soup | Pale YellowCan we talk about how weird 2015 seems?  I type it lot for work, but it seems like this mysterious time of the future.  It’s hard coming to terms with this new year, I’m losing track of years and how much time has passed?  Is this what it feels like to get older?  My mom has been talking about her and my dad’s trip to NC for their “30th” wedding anniversary this spring.  Here’s the issue, I’m already 30 and they’ll be celebrating 35 years.  Oh the confusion and fun!  Maybe eating loads and load so bean and veggie soup will improve memory!

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Easy Vegetable and Bean Soup

Pale Yellow Original

Yield – 4-5 lunch servings

 

2/3 cup dried lentils, I used red & green

2/3 cup dried beans, I used black & pinto

1 dried bay leaf

1 tablespoon olive oil

5 ounces chopped white onion, I used frozen

5 ounces chopped red & green pepper, I used frozen

1/2 cup chopped carrot

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 quart (4 cups) low-sodium vegetable stock

2 generous pinches of salt

plenty of freshly cracked pepper

  1. The night before add the lentils and beans to a 1-quart mason jar with the bay leaf.  Add water to fill and let the beans soak overnight.
  2. Add the olive oil to a medium soup pot with a lid to let heat.  Saute the onions and peppers until soft.  Stir in the carrots and celery.
  3. Drain and rinse the legumes and add to the pot with the bay leaf.  Stir in the vegetable stock and season generously.  Lentils need a lot of salt.
  4. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, letting the soup simmer on low.  Check the doneness of the beans, they should squish in your fingers when cooked through.
  5. Let cool and portion for this week’s lunches!

*Alternatively, add the drained beans, veggies, stock, and seasoning to a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours.  Check the beans for doneness.  Even easier!Easy Bean and Veggie Soup | Pale Yellow

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Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash

Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale YellowThis recipe born out of creativity with a new vegetable I had never tried nor heard of, the patty pan squash.  As the wonderful man at the CSA pickup told me, think of a patty pan squash like a zucchini that holds it shape better.  This is a perfect description because it is a summer squash, but lacking much of the water zucchini and yellow summer squash have.  The flavor is pleasant and the texture divine.

Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale YellowLike all food that I don’t know what to do with, I decided to toss it in a quinoa salad for lunch.  The rest of  the ingredients for this particular quinoa dish were inspired by the garden at work and the remaining ingredients from my CSA box.  Fresh picked leeks?  Absolutely!  Spicy little peppers?  Of course!  Use up all the parsley?  Obviously!

Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale YellowI understand that this might not be the easiest recipe to replicate, but replication is not the only purpose of blogging.  Hopefully this recipe will inspire you to try out a new vegetable at the farmer’s stand or grocery store.  You can really do whatever you want as long as you are tasting as you cook and put in things you enjoy!

Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale YellowThis particular quinoa dish made a volume of epic proportions!  I had lunch all week and then some.  The leeks provided tremendous light-oniony flavor throughout the dish while the the patty pan squash provided such crunch and bulk.  A little pepper adds spice so your lunch is never boring and parsley adds freshness.  Overall, this is a healthful and tasty lunch to make your work weeks more bearable! Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale Yellow

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Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash

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Yield – 7 lunch servings

 

1 cup quinoa

2 1/4 cup water or vegetable broth

1 cup fresh fava beans, optional

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 leeks, washed well and finely chopped

1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped

3 small patty pan squashes, chopped

salt + pepper

1 cup loosely packed parsley, chopped

  1. Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan and cook until water is absorbed, stirring frequently.  When the water is about 75% absorbed, stir in the fava beans to cook them.  Once cooked, turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large saute pan and heat.  Add the onion, leeks, and jalapeno and cook until softened.  Add the squash and cook until softened.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to combined.  Stir in the freshly parsley.
  4. Enjoy cold, room temperature, or warm – I preferred slightly warm.Quinoa with Patty Pan Squash | Pale Yellow

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