As Julia Child said; “Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy,” and, this Vegan Tempeh Chili Soup is definitely ‘cooking well’! There’s just a few basic ingredients, but, it’s so deep in flavor! And bonus = it’s a quick, easy, healthy, scrumptious one-pot-meal for your busy life!
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!
It’s still February, but, in south Texas it’s already hit 80 degrees and feels like spring, so, it’s got me in the mood for a cool, mouthwateringly delicious salad! This Mandarin Chicken Salad with Grapes and Yogurt Dijon Dressing is perfect for a light, healthy, satisfying lunch!