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With the beginning of the new year I have decided to avoid eating meat whenever possible.  There’s nothing like the challenge of vegetarianism to help you think creatively about food, and to make you more adventurous about food choices, especially when eating out.

For your less daring, stay-at-home nights when you just want something really good and hearty to fill your belly, I present to you my Magical Fruit Soup. This recipe is adapted from one I ripped out of a Martha Stewart magazine, but I like to think that I came up with it all on my own. This is the first soup I ever made that did not come from a can, so I know that any beginner can do it.

Enjoy!

To Make Magical Fruit Soup:

Ingredients:

2 tb olive oil

2 or 3 med carrots, diced

2 celery stalk, diced

1 onion, diced

3 garlic  cloves, minced

1 tb dried thyme

course salt/ground pepper

2 cans (about 4 cups) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

28 oz (2 cans) diced tomatoes, drained

32 oz vegetable broth

¼ cup fresh chopped parsley (optional)

  1. Heat oil in largeish saucepan on medium-high heat. Sautee onion, carrots, and celery about 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  2. Add garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, cook about 3 minutes. Enjoy the aroma.
  3. Add beans and tomatoes, vegetable broth, parsley. Bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots are soft.

As long as you don’t mind chopping veggies, this recipe is an easy way to pack tons of fiber and protein into your chilly winter evening. Since it’s even tastier reheated the next day, you can make a big pot to eat all week long. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Read many, many books.

Grow more flowers than vegetables.

Learn to love the dog, or at least get along with her.

Make many beautiful photographs.

Play. Music, games, whatever.

Attend every social event that presents itself (within reason).

Write more: more blogs, more letters, more journals, more everything.

Give birthday gifts to family members.

Bake more cookies. Nobody ever complained of a surplus of cookies.

Create things to sell at the Rocky Ripple Festival.

Tend a plot in the community garden.

Go camping more often. Even if it’s just in the backyard.

Defy my anxiety (while embracing my mental and emotional needs).

Explore more places alone.

Find new favorite spots to share.

Do something entirely new.

Yoga, every day. There’s just no real excuse.

Seize the day, every day. Even if that means staying in bed with a good book and a steady supply of hot tea.

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