Adventures of the Bean #21
VOW Finds Something To Do
by VOW, of course
Look up at the sky, not down in the hole.
In my last article, I bemoaned that Life isn't working out the way I had planned. I feared that my disappointment was manifesting in ill health, and I dreaded my next doctor visit.
Well, to my everlasting surprise, the results at my doctor visit showed I wasn't as deep in the rut as I had thought! I guess I was too busy looking down in the hole instead of up at the sky!
Shame on me!
Okay, I did gain a few pounds, but the blood pressure and the blood sugar results were perfectly acceptable. I didn't even need medication adjustments! After months and months of feeling like folks were lining up on my doorstep waiting to kick me in the rear end, the world began looking brighter!
Perspective sure changes everything, doesn't it?
Over the years, I've found that creativity puts a positive spin on outlook. If you can use your hands, your heart, your talents, and your mind to make something new or different, it can't help but boost your mood!
You know me: that was the incentive I needed to head on out to the kitchen and get busy!
If you watch the news at all, and listen to the weather segment, you'll know that cold and miserable is the theme across the United States. Even in supposedly sunny Southern California, we're getting soaked with cold, cold rain.
What cures cold? Why, hot soup, of course!
A friend gave me a wonderful sounding recipe for squash soup, which seems to be all the rage these days. My fingers just twitched at the thought of concocting an acceptable veggie version. My efforts were well-rewarded, to the point that I don't CARE if anyone else likes the soup. If I don't get any enthusiastic takers, well, that means all the more left for ME!
The featured bean this month is the good old dependable, reliable soybean. I do have my soymilk machine with me, and I'm ready to plug it in and crank out a fresh batch of milk just for this soup!
The nutritional information is for commercial soymilk, but if you can obtain a soymilk machine of your very own, I'm sure your body will be GLAD to accommodate the additional nutrients and fiber you get from the freshly made stuff!
PUMPKIN SAUSAGE SOUP
Makes six servings.
4 breakfast "sausage" patties, thawed (Yves brand or similar product)
1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups (480 ml) chopped fresh mushrooms
1 15-ounce 425g) can pumpkin (NOT PIE MIX!)
2 cups (480 ml) plain, unsweetened soymilk
Prepare "sausage" mixture same as above, and set aside. Cube the cooked squash and place in dutch oven with veggie broth and herb seasonings. Simmer until squash is completely tender, then blend in batches with standard blender, or blend in the pan with an immersion blender. Use all safety precautions, this liquid is HOT! Return blended squash to pan, add "sausage" mixture and soymilk, and heat until very hot. DO NOT BOIL SOYMILK. If soup is too thick, add more hot broth or hot water. Serve immediately (or, hide in the closet with the entire pan of soup and a big spoon, and enjoy!)
I've got a few more recipes I need to tinker with, so I'll see you here next month, okay?