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I just made the most awesome lentil-spinach soup. - And She Was
I just made the most awesome lentil-spinach soup.
spinach and lentil soup

It’s a conglomeration of a bunch of recipes online:

1 16 oz package of lentils
2 medium onions, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3-4 stalks of celery, diced
2 potatoes, diced (optional, we were out so I didn’t add the potatoes)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 package baby spinach

5 C veggie stock
5 C water

1 bay leaf
¼ tsp marjoram
¼ tsp thyme
1 ½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
¼ - ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

sauté the onions in some butter or olive oil over medium-high until they begin to go translucent, add the garlic and sauté a little longer, about 1 minute.

Add the carrots and celery and sauté another minute or so.

Toss in the lentils, stock, water, potatoes if using and spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes then add the tomatoes. Bring back to a boil and cook until the lentils and potatoes are tender.

Toss in the spinach and stir until it is wilted. Serve and enjoy!

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luciddreams From: luciddreams Date: January 20th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like win. I will try this. :D
alien_sunset From: alien_sunset Date: January 21st, 2010 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
your talk about lentil and spinach soup a while ago is what inspired me to go looking.

this was really good, and it makes A LOT, Bill and i both went for seconds, and we still have enough for tomorrow's dinner and probably lunch.
hyoter From: hyoter Date: January 21st, 2010 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
very pretty. i'm sure that you and tommy will be well nourished by such vegetable happiness. how goes new parenthood? if you have time to actually cook i'm guessing you must have an agreeable baby. miss you at knitting. hope to see you again some day.
alien_sunset From: alien_sunset Date: January 21st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
things are going very well, Tommy is a great big cuddle bug, he loves being held, but hates not being with his mommy or daddy, (and he REALLY loves the boob, so mostly Bill has to do everything) but now that he's a month old, Bill can cuddle him while i make dinner occasionally.

it would be so much easier if he likes the wrap, but so far he really dislikes it, and had a hissy every time we try to put him in it. there somebody on one of the baby wearing forums who is sending me a pouch to see if he like that better. ans Bill says he may like the wrap better when he has more head control and can look around. (which should be too long, he's getting really good at lifting his head)

I'm hoping to be able to go to Knitting this monday actually, i have enough milk stored up so that bill can feed him while i'm gone. i could really use the night out. we will probably bring Tommy along but he tends to gt a bit overwhelmed by a lot of action, so Bill will likely have to bring him home after a while, and i'll have to find a ride home from somebody.
hyoter From: hyoter Date: January 21st, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
we'll get you home.

i've got a sling i can bring to knitting. none of my kids every used it. a real shame since it is nice and cost a bunch of money to have one that would adjust from 5'2" me to 6'9" big daddy. baby number one had no interest in being worn. from day one she was completely content on her own in a crib, floor, or in her stroller. baby number two hated not being in contact with one of her parents (and mostly wanted me)even for a second. barely slept on her own for more than a minute. I ended up with her in a mei tai all the time. baby number 3 is more like number one and is happy under most circumstances. I wore him some for my convenience rather than him caring one way or another. You could try the mei tai too if you want, but I don't want to loan that one out since I'm still using it occasionally.

Do you know of the folks at the Family Life Center in Albany? Its a group of super crunchy families centered around some awesome home birth midwives. They have new parent support and I think they even have a baby wearing lending "library" so that you can try out various things that might work for you before investing lots of money. You can google them for contact info. They are right by the state museum and governor's mansion and though I didn't learn about them until I had my early parenthood behind me I have friends who've been involved with they are good people.
alien_sunset From: alien_sunset Date: January 22nd, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'd love to try the sling, if you don't mind? i can' wait to go to knitting, i love my Tommy, but i really need to get out, i've barely left the apartment for the last two months, and i'm going stir crazy, even the few walks i've been able to sneak in aren't enough.

i'll definitely look into the family life center people, it would be nice to try out some other baby wearing options, and get some expert advice. i made the stretchy wrap myself (mom bought me the fabric on sale), and have enough heavyweight denim in my stash to make a mei tai, but beyond that i would have to buy more fabric to try anything else. and i'm not even sure if Tommy would like it or not.

aww bummer! i just missed the last baby wearing class, it was on the 7th, and the next one isn't until April :(

i think i'll still try calling them though, it couldn't hurt!

Edited at 2010-01-22 07:25 pm (UTC)
hyoter From: hyoter Date: January 23rd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
In March there is a crazy used kid stuff sale. I and something like 500 parents are selling our still in good condition, sometimes new, clothing, toys, books, strollers. cribs..... I've been doing the sale since the beginning and there used to be less than a hundred consigners and we had to work to scrape up stuff to sell. Now it is in the ice skating rink at Albany Academy and we fill up every last bit of that huge space. Very good prices overall and the parents who are selling their stuff get 70% of the money back. Basically a garage sale gone monsterous.

At 6pm tomorrow if you go to passitonsale.com you can try and sign up for one of the new parents' passes. This means that you could shop the night before the sale opens to the general public. This can be great if you are looking for specific things like a certain type of stroller or baby carrier. There's a huge rush to be one of the early shoppers. A big crowd and potentially lots of waiting, but if you really need specific stuff cheap it could be worth it. Other wise just note the other sale days. My favourite are the half price times. There is always tons of good items to choose from and most consigners do mark there stuff down to half price for the end of the sale because they really don't need it anymore and a little money is better than just donating it. good deals on clothing, shoes, and toys especially. See you Monday! I'll bring the sling.
white_bishop From: white_bishop Date: January 21st, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did Tommy like the smell?
alien_sunset From: alien_sunset Date: January 21st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
i suppose
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