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Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

This is a great meatless meal for when you have winter squash you want to use up or if you just want a hearty bowl of warm soup. Or maybe you’re just bored and you want a food project that will take about an hour. This is what to do if any of those scenarios are true. Plus, it’s just a really delicious bowl of winter soup. So there.

I used a combination of one small acorn squash and one small delicata squash — together they totaled about . . . → Read More: Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

Asian-Fusion Tuna Tacos

tuna tacos

This was a delightfully odd mix of a meal. I saw the original recipe and thought it sounded somewhat interesting but both jwa and I really, really liked the resulting dinnerc. I am always a fan of tacos and these were no exception. I got some local Oregon coast Albacore Tuna Loin from Flying Fish and went to work with my grill pan.

And bonus! During one of the very few, very hot days we’ve had so far this Summer — the grill pan is only heated for about 5-6 minutes total! Yay!

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Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Portobellos

This is a very easy dinner or even a make-ahead lunch for the next day. Especially, if you already have cooked lentils (the steamed lentils at Trader Joe’s are seriously one of the best things ever). I have also made this with farro and lentils and that is just as delicious.

If I make this the night before (for a lunch the next day), I like to put a tablespoon or so of broth in the bottom of the container to keep it super moist when reheating in the microwave at . . . → Read More: Quinoa & Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

I have made quite a few batches of lentil soup in my time. All of them have been pretty good but this is the first one that I have absolutely, completely loved. I am giving credit for that to two things.

Thing #1 – I used awesome, homemade lamb stock for my soup, made from lamb shanks that had been braised in yummy things likes tomatoes, red wine and cinnamon.

And Thing #2 – I blended the soup, something I haven’t normally done when making lentil soup.

Now, if you have . . . → Read More: Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Jalapeño

Black Bean Soup

This marks the return of Thursday soup nights. For awhile last Winter, I was coming home from work on Thursday nights and making a big pot of interesting soup. I decided to start up the tradition again this year and the first experiment was this cumin-y, black bean soup. I thought it had great flavor and while I didn’t include all the seeds from the jalapeño, it was spicy enough for me. jwa, of course, opted for a little hot sauce.

The original instructions said to not drain the beans, but I wanted . . . → Read More: Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Jalapeño