Thursday, November 10, 2011

Roasted Garlic Broccoli Soup

Roasted Garlic and Broccoli Soup

There was a time when I ate broccoli on a weekly basis. I was eating my greens like a pro. Lately, however, not so much. Lately, I've been craving Tostitos, cheese, and roasted potatoes. And chocolate. But obviously eating just those things is not a good idea. And I don't. Unless I drink a lot of sangria...after which, anything goes. But shh, we won't talk about that.

Because I'm here to bring you broccoli. This soup is basically a giant bowl of broccoli, only minus the chewing (you could feed it to a baby...if you have one, or know someone who does). It's also full of roasted garlic, which, if you haven't had it before, you should. Roasting garlic gives it a sweeter, richer taste, much milder but more nuanced (yeah, I just called garlic nuanced) than raw garlic. It's amazing. And you can totally use a whole head in this soup and not be overwhelmed by garlic or be afraid of speaking to people afterwards.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spiced Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chickpea Stew

Indian inspired chickpea dish

Sometimes the best recipes happen by accident. Like this one. It was born out of a fear that the spinach in my fridge, if not used Immediately, was going to transform into a horrific swamp thing reminiscent of B horror movies.

I confess that I have something of an issue with spinach. I don't dislike it exactly. At least as long as I can't taste it - or can't taste it very well. Because, let's face it, despite the fact that it's one of those Really Healthy Vegetables that we all know we should eat more of, it tastes like dirt, which is not something I put in my mouth voluntarily. Even Popeye, the classic spinach advocate, could only promote spinach as a viable food option through its benefits, because no one would eat it for its own sake. Popeye taught us to eat spinach because it will make you strong, sexually attractive and - and this part is key - sexually successful. Spinach was the original steroid. (Only it gives you biceps and grateful women, not breasts. At least according to Popeye.)

So anyways...I do eat spinach. Not because I want to attract women, punch large people senseless or crush trains with my fist, but because I want to be healthy. And eating greens makes me feel like I'm succeeding at life. Sort of.