This recipe for Jamie Oliver’s Gorgeous Roast Vegetables is just simply amazing! They’re the best veggies I’ve had in a very long time, so flavorful and perfectly done. The twist in preparing them is to par-boil them before roasting, and using duck fat instead of vegetable or olive oil (and another tip mentioned below!) But, don’t let that dissuade you from trying this recipe! I mean, look at these veggies!!
For Taste Test Tuesday this week I’m featuring Indian Lentil Soup, an absolutely delicious recipe I discovered at Katie’s Runs For Cookies Recipes!! She has an amazing weight loss success story, as she’s lost 130+ pounds counting WW points and then calories, and now counting calories as she maintains, and she’s an avid runner. She’s a huge inspiration to me and others to get to their best self!! I run/walk her Runs For Cookies Virtual 5K which is on her birthday, annually! I don’t know Katie, but, I admire her determination and tenacity that helped her reach her weight loss and running goals!
Back to the recipe! I’m one of those soup lovers that enjoys a steaming bowl of soup even in the heat/humidity of our hot Texas summers, and being the soup snob that I am, I have to say this one has everything I love in a soup! The lentils and veggies make it hearty enough to be a filling, satisfying meal…the savory, luscious broth is spiced with cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and cayenne pepper, a beautiful combination! While we’re on the subject of ground coriander, let me just say that someone needs to create an air freshener that smells just like it! Go open your bottle of ground coriander and smell the heavenly, exotic aroma! It’s sweet, flowery, citrusy, earthy, with notes of thyme and even butter! The flavor is out of this world, but totally sparkles when it’s paired with vegetables and fruits, and it’s an important part of making homemade curry powders. Ground coriander and turmeric are common in Indian cooking among other wonderful spices. They give an amazing depth of flavor without a lot of cooking time required!
I’m looking forward to doing a Taste Test Tuesday series of recipes that I’ve been anxious to try from cookbooks, magazines, Pinterest, etc. So, to kick this off, I chose this Minestrone Soup from Bob Warden’s ‘Great Food Fast’ book of pressure cooker recipes. I made it in my Instant Pot, it’s a multi-cooker: a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot all in one. This recipe worked beautifully using it! I honestly could have soup of any kind every day, all months of the year! I tweaked the recipe slightly using kale instead of spinach and elbow instead of shell pasta, because that what I had on hand. You’ll love that one serving is only 160 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints!