For the Love of Lists – Week 20

Lists for Days | February 24, 2017 | By

I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

Curry Chickpea Stew

Savoury | October 10, 2016 | By

There is something in the fall air that makes me crave soup.  Soup and fresh carbs of some sort.  Homemade bread, biscuits, corn bread.  Okay.  Maybe I just want soup because it makes me feel okay about eating a slab of bread.

Really though, I do love soup.  

Curry Chickpea Stew

Curry Chickpea Stew

And Briar does too!  She shovels it in like there’s no tomorrow.  Even if Mommy may have made it a touch too spicy for the kids.  If there are chickpeas involved – even better.  She digs those out first, and then finishes the rest of the soup off.  Funny kid, eh?  I feel like most kids would leave those for last, and then mush them up and try to make them look like they aren’t there.  (Sounds like something I might have done….)

I whipped this up in the spring with every intention to make it again.  It took me awhile, but once fall rolls around, I’m ready for those cozy stews and soups again.  It’s so easy and so yummy! And you don’t have to remember to thaw protein!  (Which I am absolutely the worst at remembering!  Much to my mother’s dismay.  She always remembers.  I have much to live up to. 😉  )

That to say, this is a vegetarian stew.  Which I love, every once in awhile.  

I only make somethings sans meat about once every two weeks.  Because my hubby seems to think he might die if there is no meat in a meal.  So extreme. 

In his brain a meal = meat.  If there is no meat, it’s just a snack.  Or something like that.

Curry Chickpea StewCurry Chickpea StewCurry Chickpea Stew To the stew!  Curry and chickpeas.  These have GOT to be two of my favourite savoury flavours and foods (though I have many favourites).  They are so yummy!  So why not put them together?  

Did I say it’s easy?  Because it totally is.  You literally have to chop a handful of things, and then just throw the rest in, and cook for awhile.  Result = amazing.

It’s even more amazing the day after.  Somehow.  You know how chilis, soups, and stews just grow in flavour overnight?  It’s pretty awesome.

This would be great to make after all the turkey that has been eaten this weekend.  I know you’re sick of slaving in the kitchen.  Heck, you might even be able to get your hubbies to make it.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

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I wasn’t kidding about eating it with a hunk of some sort of carb either.  It’s a necessity.  Preferably a fresh, warm carb, slathered in butter.  Melty, drippy butter.  Soaking into a warm, yummy bread.  Gahh!  My stomach is currently demanding I get up and make bread.  (It’s 9pm – there’s no possible way I’m doing that.)  

Curry Chickpea Stew
Delicious curry mixed into a tomato based, chickpea + veggie laden stew. So much yum.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 4-5 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  3. 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  4. 1 onion, diced
  5. 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  6. 1 sweet pepper, diced
  7. 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  8. 1 can diced tomatoes
  9. 2 cans chickpeas
  10. 2 cups pasta (your choice - I've used egg noodles, and fusilli)
  11. 3-4 big handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped
  12. 2 -3 Tbsp curry
  13. 1 tsp chili powder
  14. 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  15. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, sweet potato and onion. Sautee for 8-10 minutes, and then add the garlic and peppers. Once the garlic starts to brown a bit and your house smells amazing, throw in the spices, and cook for about 2 more minutes. Get those flavours rolling.
  2. Pour in stock, diced tomatoes, and chickpeas. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  3. About 10 minutes before serving, add in your pasta and cook until it's al dente. Stir in the spinach until wilted, and serve!
Notes
  1. Adjust the spices (curry and cayenne) to your liking! Make it spicier, or turn the heat down.
  2. This also freezes great! And it makes enough that you may be able to eat a meal and then freeze a meal (depending on how ravenous you may be).
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I really hope you enjoy! 

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Curry Chickpea Stew

Curry Chickpea Stew