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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Vegan Lentil Soup + 50th Post

This is our 50th blog post and we'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for joining us on our culinary adventures – stick with us for many more!

I'd never tried lentils before, but when I saw them at Earthfare I knew it was time to finally give these little seeds a chance. I adapted this Italian style lentil soup into a vegan dish by substituting Rotel for the spicy sausage the recipe normally calls for. This soup was one of our favorite new recipes from the vegan challenge. It's a hearty dish packed full of flavor with just the right amount of kick.




We loved this soup so much we even made a special batch to share with our friends at Nerd Lunch.




Ingredients:
  • 1/4 lb orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp)
  • 4 or 5 medium carrots, pealed and chopped
  • 4 or 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can mild Rotel
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbs basil
  • 1tsp parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions become transparent.
  3. Add celery and carrots, stirring for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add vegetable broth, Rotel, orzo, lentils, and spices.
  5. Bring to a low boil and cover, simmering 20-30 minutes, or until lentils are soft.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Check Out WTF in the Tampa Tribune



Watch this at Tampa Bay Online

Check out our article "Students Spice Up College Cooking," both online and in print today in the Tampa Tribune. We want to thank Jeff Houck for such a positive experience. Hope our families in St. Petersburg and Tampa are loving this today!

Shoutouts to Alpha Phi Omega, Lucy & Leos, our hometown high schools, and "boyfriend approved" himself, Xavier.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Vegan Challenge Wrap-Up

While the Vegan Challenge ended the last week in January, both of us have been too busy to blog about it! Here's a "Cliffs Notes" version of our month.
  • We fell in love with Earth Fare and Oh She Glows
  • We attempted (and failed) to eat vegan at Los Compadres.
  • Kelsey ate Krishna Lunch at FSU for the first time!
  • Megan made amazing Moroccan Stuffed Red Peppers.
  • Our house was burglarized. Unrelated, but that's why we haven't posted much recently. Luckily, both of us were able to purchase new laptops.
  • If you follow us on Twitter, you know that we were recently interview by the Tampa Tribune. We'll tell you more when we know more.
  • We met up with Savannah & CT from Nerd Lunch to make some Lentil Soup (coming soon!).
  • The vegan diet paired with a proper workout routine helped Kelsey lose 4.6 lbs in 3 weeks!
There are a lot more resources out there for vegans than ever before. While it did require some pre-planning, it wasn't nearly as hard as we expected it to be.

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