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The Comfort of Soup

by Meghann on December 13, 2010

The soup obsession continues.

And what I think I love most about soups is how really you can just take anything, throw it in a pot, let it cook for a couple of hours, and produce something so comforting and delicious.

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Tonight, for instance, I really had no thought process for what I was doing. I knew I wanted a chili of some sort and I knew I wanted to use an acorn squash from my veggie drawer. It evolved from there. πŸ˜‰

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Squash, Turnip, and Lentil Soup

  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Turnip
  • 1 can of Black Peas
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Broccoli Stalk
  • 1 can Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup Red lentils
  • Cinnamon
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Pepper

Peel and cube the acorn squash and turnip. Add everything to a pot, bring to a boil, then back to a simmer, and cooke for 2 hours or until everything is soft and mushy.

Top with a heaping dollop of plain yogurt and fresh cilantro. πŸ™‚

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Oh, and enjoy a chunk of multi grain baguette on the side. πŸ˜‰

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The soup was pretty incredible. I LOVE think, rich soups and this one truly hit the spot. If you wanted it a little thinner I would just add more water, but I loved it just the way it was.

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I had a little baking project in the works after dinner.

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Tomorrow is my company’s Holiday party and I had volunteered to bring a dessert. I wanted something fun and easy, so I decided to try my hand at a No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Kelly had sent me.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

(recipe from Kelly @ Foodie Fresh )

*Note from Kelly: This isn’t a recipe that calls for exact measurements. When it says “heaping Tbsp.” it means as much as you can possibly get on a tablespoon like you would eat with, not a measuring spoon. That is quite a lot of PB if you really go for a big scoop, which you must because it makes the cookies so much better.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1 stick of Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups Oats

Stir together 2 cups of sugar and 4 heaping Tbsp. of cocoa in a medium sized pot. Add 1/2 cup of can cream and mix well. Put ingredients on medium heat. Add 1 stick of butter and stir gradually until it melt, Bring mixture to a bowl and let it bowl for 1 min stirring occasionally.Take off of heat. Add 1 tsp. of vanilla. Add huge heaping Tbsp. of peanut butter. Stir until PB melt. Gradually add 3 cups of oats, 1 cup at a time (you might not need all 3 cups.

Drop on wax paper with a Tbsp.

Let sit until firm.

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I hope everyone enjoys them tomorrow.

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I taste tested two for dessert. They got my approval. πŸ™‚

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I had a Peppermint Stick Luna Bar on the way home from work this afternoon.

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TIme to crash and burn. It’s going to be a chilly night. Good thing I have my mini heater by my side.

Good night. πŸ™‚

1 Lauren December 13, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I love throwing coconut in no-bake cookies!
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2 Runeatrepeat December 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have a no bake cookie recipe like this but it only has cocoa, oats, PB and maple syrup. It’s amazing.
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3 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

YUM! I love thick soups. This looks so good! I just used up the turnip in my veggie drawer, but this soup looks like it would be worth getting another one for πŸ™‚

4 Kiran December 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

We made soup tonight as well, and the rest of winter I guess πŸ˜‰
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5 Kath December 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

wait.. shouldnt soup be soupy?

6 Stefanie December 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I made soup tonight too! I followed a recipe, although I equally enjoy throwing random things together. πŸ™‚

7 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

love the recipe that doesnt call for exact measurements…that’s my kinda recipe…a dash of this, a dollop of this, a heaving spoon of that. πŸ™‚
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8 Kelly December 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Mini heaters are the best, mine is laying at the foot of the bed right now!
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9 Jess@atasteofconfidence December 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

For some reason, that bread looks amazing!
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10 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Mmmm those cookies and soup look great!!!

I had a Luna bar today too! πŸ™‚ I love them! πŸ™‚

Have a great evening!
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11 amy December 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

those cookies look great! i’ll have to make those like..now!
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12 Jodie December 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I love luna bars. They have 2 new flavors coconut and I think double choc. Stay warm.
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13 john December 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I’m sorry, but that is not a soup, or a chili, or a stew. It’s more of a mash. By definition, “soup” is a liquid food. Without the liquid, there is no soup.

On the other hand, your cookies look delicious.

14 Alice December 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

This comment made me laugh. Not sure if it was supposed to.
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15 Lacey @ Lake Life December 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Hahaha love it! It kind of reminded me of Annie, only it was mush. “We’re not having hot mush today. We’re having cold mush.” πŸ™‚
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16 Shanna, like Banana December 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

For a throw-together soup, that sounds pretty damn good!

My hubby loves no-bakes…I think I might have to make some!
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17 Christin@purplebirdblog December 14, 2010 at 12:50 am

I made very similar cookies the other day, but with almond milk and earth balance… soooo good! And there you go, taunting me with that baguette again! πŸ˜‰
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18 movesnmunchies December 14, 2010 at 2:05 am

oo i just bought some parsnip- so I might sub that in for the turnip- i love hearty soups!
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19 the412view December 14, 2010 at 3:51 am

It’s totally soup weather in Pittsburgh! What an interesting recipe!
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20 Lauren December 14, 2010 at 6:48 am

Soup is the best comfort meal in the winter. Its funny how I’ve totally averted from salads right into soups.
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21 Matt December 14, 2010 at 7:14 am

I think it is a soup kinda night for me πŸ˜‰
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22 Hope December 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

Those cookies look great! I love the Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna Bars. Those are my favorite πŸ™‚
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23 Allie December 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

I heard it was pretty chilly in Florida last night, like around 19* … that is crazy!!! The soup sounds delicious and I LOVE no bake cookies, they are so simple but sooo good πŸ™‚ Keep warm !
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24 CMae December 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

I love those cookies! My family calls them “preacher cookies” because it’s a recipe my grandmother would throw together to host the preacher if he dropped by on a Sunday afternoon. Yes, we’re very Southern.
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25 Cynthia December 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

I love thick soups too! That sounds delicious. I am just getting the hang of making soups with my crockpot. Can’t get much easier than that. πŸ˜‰

26 Bookbody December 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

Thanks so much for this no-bake recipe! I made these (or cookies very much like these) in home ec. _ages_ ago and have been looking for this recipe for the last few years, to no avail. I know what I’ll be bringing to my family’s Christmas celebration this year!

27 Melleah December 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

Soup is the best! I moved from South Carolina to Michigan this summer and I’ve been making soup like crazy *trying* to stay warm πŸ™‚ – I think there are about 5 different kinds in the freezer right now.

I made EXACT same cookie recipe last night for my Secret Santa at work– those cookies are delicious!
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28 Kelly December 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Yay! I’m so glad they turned out for you. I’ve learned from watching my mom make these for 27 years that making them in the summer is a gamble with the humidity. Sometimes they won’t firm up, but winter is the perfect time to make them.
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29 Jenny at Rice n' Jeans December 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Ooh those cookies look great ! and your soup looks nice and hearty !
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30 Itecblogger December 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I went out and bought this Luna bar today based on your recommendation. Wow, tasted like a thin mint cookie- yum!!! Thanks

31 Danielle December 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Those cookies look awesome!
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32 Lacey @ Lake Life December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Are you sure that’s soup? Lol.
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