RECIPE | Roasted Roots & Red Lentil Stew

roots and lentil soup

This past weekend we made a trip to the farmers market to do a bit of produce shopping for the week. I was excited to see all of the great Fall produce available and Edith was excited to pick things out and to pay for them herself (with mama and dada’s $). She ended up choosing a small purple top turnip, a rutabaga, two parsnips and a handful of carrots among other things. Since I hadn’t really planned any meals around these roots I decided why not roast them up. I had some red lentils and veggie broth on hand as well and thought it might make a really great stew – spoiler it did! 

Roasted Roots & Red Lentil Stew
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  1. 1 small rutabaga
  2. 1 small turnip
  3. 1 large carrot
  4. 1 large parsnip
  5. 1-2 teaspoons olive oil
  6. 2 cups red lentils
  7. 6 cups vegetable broth or water
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  10. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Cashew Cream
  1. 3/4 cup filtered water
  2. 1.5 cups raw cashews
  3. 1-1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  4. dash of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Toss the root veggies with the olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Spread on to a parchment lined sheet pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until veggies are tender.
  3. Pour the red lentils and water into a large pot and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  4. Add the roasted roots to the lentils and then using an immersion blender give it a quick blend.
  5. For the cashew cream: Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth.
  6. Add a few dollops of cashew cream to the lentils to add some creaminess.
  7. Garnish with a dollop of cashew cream and a sprinkle of green onions or chives.

This stew is great served up with rice, quinoa or just a big hunk of bread. We also served ours up with some steamed broccoli but you could pair it with a green salad or eat it on it’s own. Enjoy!

OCTOBER |This Month… Learn Something New

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While I am not returning to school this Fall I still get the back to school bug. I mean I graduated from high school over 10 years ago but I still can’t help myself when the stores fill with new pens, notebooks and other school essentials. I find myself stocking up like I am going back to school myself but in reality I’m just going to go home with a pile of things I probably don’t really need. I also get the nostalgic over new classes, studying  and learning new things. 

I think as adults we get so caught up in work and life that we forget that there is always something new to learn. You don’t have to be school aged or be working towards a degree to take time to learn something new. So this month I am challenging you to learn something new. Take a class, attend a conference, seek out someone/somewhere to learn something you’ve always wanted to learn or maybe something you didn’t know you’d like to learn. Just learn something new and have fun doing it.

What is something new you’d like to learn this month? This month I am attending The Hello Sessions blogger conference here in Portland where I hope to learn all kinds of new things regarding blogging, social media, photography tips and so much more. 

World Gratitude Day | 9.21.15


Happy World Gratitude Day!

There are so many things that I am feeling grateful for today that I thought I would share a few with you.

My Husband. He is my partner in life, the one that keeps me grounded, the one that loves me unconditionally, the one that puts up with my crazy ideas, my low days and is always there to support and love me no matter what. He is an amazing man, father and overall an amazing person that I am so grateful and lucky to have in my life.

My Children. Edith and Alder bring light to everyday, are constantly teaching me things about them, myself and the world around me and I am so grateful to share my life with them.

My Friends. My supporters in this crazy life we are living. Moving across the country and having to make friends as an adult is hard but I am so grateful for the amazing people who have come into my life over the past 2+ years and make life that much better.

What are you grateful for? Share something you feel grateful for in your life today.

*This is not sponsored – just a huge GT’s Kombucha fan and I did receive a bottle in honor of World Gratitude Day. GTs Kombucha is grateful for being able to share kombucha for two decades. To say thank you for all the support they’ve received for the last 20 years, they are introducing a new, limited-edition, raw, organic kombucha flavor called Sharing Gratitude in a beautiful screen printed bottle. With delicious, fresh-pressed, root-based vegetable juices turmeric, carrot and ginger, the flavor is a symbol of the company staying true to its roots. In addition, they are making a donation for every bottle sold.