Souper Supper

This morning I had a meeting at Ava’s homeschooled school. That’s right, my homeschooled kid will be going to school. Just once a week for 3 hours with a bunch of other homeschoolers, but still – we call it school.

Aunt Ellen stayed with the girls while I went to the meeting. I snacked on an apple on the drive there.

apple jocalot

And ate a Larabar mid meeting.

Home and more than ready to eat, I went with fast. Just your run of the mill everything-but-the-kitchen-sink gigantic tossed salad.

Big Salad salad

Topping with homemade Italian dressing post-photo shoot. And then enjoyed my favorite date and almond butter treats, all in a row.

Three Little Dates, All in a Row

The afternoon was lazy and low key, until snack time that is. I was delighted to find Organic Popcorn the other day!

Arrowhead Mills Organic Popcorn

The snack that keeps on giving. It’s entertaining to pop – and fun to try and count as it’s coming out too.

counting popcorn

It’s high in fiber, low in calories (even topped with a little melted butter!)

popcorn_snack

And what do you know? Ants like it too!

We had an impromptu homeschooling adventure when we spotted some ants coming up between a crack in the sidewalk and Ava put down a couple pieces of popcorn. We watched in amused amazement as these ants went crazy for these white puffs of popped corn. They actually rocked the popcorn around while the worked to dismember it.

Ants on Popcorn

I left them on the porch while I went into to get some peppers for additional snack-age. They took it upon themselves to get right in the middle of the action while I was inside for a few minutes.

Snacky Peppers

They went from ant observers to ant trappers.

Ant Trap

I’m afraid I can’t promise that no ants were harmed here.

But enough with blood and ant carnage, tonight was one of those I-don’t-know-WHAT-to-make-for-dinner-what-can-I-come-up-with-from-what-we-have-in-the-house nights. You know the kind.

Veggies abound and there was no avoiding a produce drawer full of carrots. I came up with my very own recipe, Curried Carrot and Cauliflower Lentil Soup. That’s quite a mouthful. In more ways than one.

I shredded about 5 to 6 large carrots in the food processor and shredded one large red onion as well. I usually shred veggies by hand but if I’m doing a lot at once then I use the food processor shredder piece. I threw the whole shredded bundle into the pot with some garlic and sauteed it all in until extra virgin olive oil until soft. Once everything had softened up I added about 8oz of rinsed and drained red lentils and a couple cups of low-sodium vegetable broth and a few good shakes of curry powder.

Curried Carrot and Cauliflower Lentil Soup

I added about a cup of water and brought it all to a boil. Reduced heat to low and then simmered until the lentils were cooked. Probably 20 minutes or so?

I ladled out about half and put it into the food processor to make a a thicker base.

Souper Scooper Processed

I poured the pureed soup back in with the unpureed half and added a few chunks of cauliflower and cooked on low for another 15 minutes or so until the cauliflower softened up.

Mean while, back at the other side of the stove, I decided it was a Soup-er Sandwich night and made something I haven’t had in ages – grilled cheese and tomato!

Sprayed the pan with EVOO with my favorite olive oil sprayer and laid two slices of sesame Ezekiel bread into the pan with a little shredded Colby Jack cheese and tomato slices.

Grilled Cheese

Gettin’ hot and melty in there!

Melty

Mmmm… melty!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato

Soup and Sandwich. Go together like a horse and carriage?

Curried Carrot Soup

The soup was good but that grilled cheese sandwich? Now that was super!

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23 Responses

  1. no more ants pix please!!!

  2. O alison you have stole my heart away with that salad you had for lunch! Pretty sure my mouth watered, and wished mine for dinner had looked 10 times like that! Uh! love it girl! 🙂

    And kudos to your recipe for dinner! sounds AMAZING! includes so many of my favorite things!!!!!!

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  3. I love the cheese sandwich. Cheese+bread+tomato all good things, all around right there.

    I like the ants, btw. Sorry Lynn. 😀

  4. Wow that sandwich looks so yummy!!

  5. What an awesome I-don’t-know-WHAT-to-make-for-dinner-what-can-I-come-up-with-from-what-we-have-in-the-house dinner!!! The soup sounds and looks awesome, and I was just thinking of making a toasted tomato cheese sandwich earlier today… Honest! I think I know what I’ll be having for lunch tomorrow! 🙂

  6. Air popped popcorn is the absolute best. Try drizzling it with olive oil (instead of butter) – tastes AMAZING. And then with garlic salt? MMMMM

  7. I eat so much soup once the weather is cooler. I am saving this recipe so I can revisit it in a few months!

  8. All your eats look great today. Do you prepare chop/prepare most of your veggies or just do it as you’re getting a meal together?

    Libby

    • Sometimes things are prepped ahead and sometimes things aren’t. Like right now I have a huge bowl full of (3 heads worth) of red leaf lettuce rinsed and torn up, ready for sandwiches and salads, plus a couple containers of cauliflower and broccoli too. Lots of regular carrots, cukes, tomatoes and a watermelon waiting to be sliced into though. 😉

  9. Grilled cheese sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food. LOVE them! And I haven’t had soup in ages, but this one sounds wonderful. 😀

    Oh, and I’m all over the dates with peanut butter. It’s my newest obsession. Love it! 😀

    I used to love feeding and observing ants…haha. I would drop my sandwich bread crumbs and watch them go crazy over it.

  10. I’m not a big green bell pepper fan. I can tolerate them on a sandwich but I don’t think I could ever just slice one up and eat it. I saw your pic and thought “Ok, she is NOT going to eat that!” (haha)

    We keep all of our bell peppers in the freezer and they last forever. We just slice off what we need, rinse it and it’s just like you bought it that day. I never would have believed it until someone told me and tried it.

    • OMG Jennifer I LOVE that idea! I’m out of green pepper now but I’m totally going to try this with one of the next ones I buy. Thanks for the tip!

      And yes, I did it like that, I love plain green bell peppers. Red, yellow and orange too! 😉 hehehe

  11. […] it sure looks like it) Alison made some as well last night, i sorta wish i was there to share the pop goodness with her and the […]

  12. mmmm looks delish…so creative! i just watched a video the other day on chow.com about how to make the best grilled cheese. looks like you already knew what i didn’t!…shredding the cheese first is the key to melty, yummy, cheesiness…mmmm

  13. hahaha LOVE the ant experiment. and i love your cam – takes such fab pictures!

    i want to come to your house for dinner – that soup + sammie looked sooo good. grilled cheese + tomato soup is to this day one of the most comforting meals to me. lots of love to ya!

  14. What is EVOO?

    you keep talking about it but I have no CLUE!

    Grilled cheese goes with EVERYTHING…didn’t ya know?

    and yeah..Fall is around the corner and so is SOUP…and knitting… sigh

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  15. creepy ant photo. ants give me the heeby jeebies. it looks like the bite you took out of the apple forms a perfect heart. i just told my mom the other day that i want one of those olive oil spray things! i need one. your dinner is making me long for winter time.

  16. I am sorry but those ants totally freak me out!! Ugh! God! I almost couldn’t take it!! Hate them!!

    Anyway, that soup looks fabulous!! What a carbolicious comfort meal 🙂

    ~Justine

  17. Oh man Alison, that soup and sandwich looks so yummy!

    And I love the way the everything in your fridge salads turn out, they always are the tastiest aren’t they?

    Also, lovin the ant pics 😀

  18. […] like Alison’s many delicious recipes…probably tomorrow her curry carrot cauliflower & Lentil soup might transform  into a batch of carrot […]

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