5 minute autumn soupNovember 3, 2010
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Necessity is the mother of invention, right?
Take our new litterbox purchase, for example. With 3 cats, we’re always looking for a better way to approach litter issues. So we bought a new fancy system with fancy pebbly “litter” and an absorbent pad that goes in a tray underneath the box. Whatever, it looked promising.
Cat #1 steps in the box immediately and proceeds to pee over the edge. Ah, yes. This box is not as tall as the old box. I see.
Cat #2 tries to eat the new litter.
Cat #3 doesn’t even look at it.
My husband used a plastic paint try and some duct tape to make a higher wall on the front of the box and…yes! Success for Cat #1! The others we’re still not sure about.
Anyway, it’s this kind of creative thinking that can come in handy in the kitchen. Ok, forget all talk of cat pee, I realize it’s not a very appetizing combination of stories.
What I really want to talk about is the extra special, extra fast soup I made the other night. I literally pulled it together in under 5 minutes because, well, I only had 5 minutes. And it totally worked out.
Quick Apple & Sweet Potato Soup
1 can sweet potato puree
1 box vegetable stock
2 apples, chopped
1 cup greens (either cooked or raw), chopped tiny
In a pot, heat sweet potato and vegetable stock, stirring to combine. Add greens. Ladle into bowls and garnish with apple chunks. (Now that I think about it, if you had some toasted pumpkin seeds hanging around, throw ‘em in there.)
See, this is my kind of cooking. Not the labor-intensive, fancy ingredient, super specialized recipes that are out there. I mean, sometimes. But mostly it’s about simple ingredients and simple techniques. I literally just finished a 48 page holiday recipe eBook that’s coming out shortly – and the recipes are just awesome. I’m so excited to share! Because cooking’s got to be easy. It’s got to be accessible. Otherwise…you’ll spend those 5 minutes going for takeout. My goal is to get you cooking and eating at home, where you are in control of the ingredients and can foster a sense of nourishment in your life.
So, go eat some soup!