Category Archives: Icky

We All Need Some Soup

Illness spreads, dear readers.

I work in retail. As such, I spend a large portion of my day handling other people’s money. News flash–your money is filthy. And I have to touch it. You bastards.

To cut costs, I ride the bus to school, because lets face it, I am not giving those thieving pieces of crap another dime of my money just so I can keep my car there for a little while. I pay for the damn bus pass anyway, so I’m going to go ahead and take that, thank you. Oh wait…other people ride on the bus. Sick, sick, sick people.

Did I mention that Olive goes to school. With other children??

It’s a wonder we aren’t all dead.

Thankfully, for my family, I’m way too big a flake to spend a large amount of time caring about any of this. Germs happen, I don’t spend my waking life eradicating them and when someone gets sick, I make SOUP.

You’ll notice this recipe calls for an awful lot of ginger, and to be honest, I added more in there as it was cooking (it was, admittedly, a bit spicy). I read, long ago, that ginger heals everything, including sinus problems. This was probably a complete lie, but the spice itself cleared us out pretty nicely and got the ol’ nasal passages flowing (sexy, right? I should totally write romance novels). There are tons of veggies and the beans and grain will make this a complete meal in a bowl, which is good, because you aren’t going to have the energy to cook much else, now are you?

Stop Whining and Get Back To Work Soup
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup frozen peas
1 tbs olive oil
3 cloves garlic
8 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup almond (or soy, rice, dairy, whatevah) milk
1/2 cup of brown rice, quinoa, cracked wheat, or whatever grain of your choice (I bet barley would taste great)
1 15oz can of Great Northern or Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups chopped kale (or spinach, chard, turnip greens, etc)
2 tsp (ish) ground ginger
1 tsp curry powder

First, you’re going to need to chop the hell out of those veggies. It should look something like this:
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Heat the oil in a stock pot and add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until the onions appear edible (translucent) and add the broth, almond milk, ginger, curry powder, beans, and grain. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to simmer. While this is happening, chop the kale. The kale will be considerably less excited to see you:
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But that’s ok, because since you are sick, you should be leaping with joy over seeing it. That stuff is so good for you it ought to be criminal.

After simmering for around thirty minutes, throw in the greens. After moments it will shrink, and in a few minutes the texture will be so dreamy and welcome in your bowl, along with the feel better aroma and flavor, you’ll be ready for seconds before you’ve even ladled out your portion.
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Eat, and feel better.

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Because it’s only a matter of time before that little shit brings you home more of the plague.

Crunchy, Hip, Broke, and Probably About to Die

Readers, I am sick. This comes as a real bummer, because yesterday I was really excited to post about a new black bean burger recipe I had just come up with (it tastes like happiness…and molasses) and had another post planned about my new recipe for “home fries”. Now, I suppose I have the benefit of officially having a great “get well soon soup” recipe, but I’m not posting that today. I have no idea where my camera is, my camera cord, or most of my family. I’m not even one hundred percent sure I’m at an actual computer right now.

So instead, I’m going to give you this long, boring post about how we stay thrifty in this house, to save money for things that are important (like actual food, and hair products). It includes some of my favorite resources and hobbies, and hopefully some of these can help you.

1. The Produce Geeks

I can’t even begin to tell you how many fruits and veggies we eat, and while we rely on frozen for some things, for the most part we buy fresh. If it weren’t for the Produce Geeks, I would have no idea what to buy, when to buy it, or even why. It gives me a heads up on what’s in season and what will be on sale and keeps me from buying an entire basket of absolutely disgusting peaches (ewwwwwwww). This site has saved us tons of money and made us more aware of what foods we’re eating and where they likely shipped from. It’s a massive help!

2. Snack Girl

Snack Girl is the only reason I have any idea what a kale chip is, let alone that they are so damn delicious. Not everything she makes is veggie friendly, but a lot of it is. Every post is a little nutrition lesson and she makes eating real food seem so easy and cost effective. She is a mother of two who understands the difficulty of trying to balance work, children, nutrition and a budget, so most of what she makes or suggests is for the time and cash strapped among us. It was her who first made me concerned about nutrition, and her who introduced me to the Produce Geeks. In fact, she’s probably the inspiration for the entire change in our family’s eating habits.

3. Craftster

I don’t know if you follow my other blog, Courtney Killed It, but I’m an avid crafter. I mostly crochet, but recently have started dabbling in sewing and a few other needle arts. Aside from the fact that the patterns I get from other Craftster members save me money on having to buy patterns, and that making all of our winter goodies keeps me from having to actually purchase them, Craftster has been a really useful source of inspiration. I can look at something else someone made and think about how to make it myself, and sometimes I do. The best part? Everyone is COMPLETELY ok with that, so long as you don’t take complete credit. Also, sometimes there are tutorials for decorating ideas, food ideas, and KID CRAFTS! Olive and I have a blast crafting, but I am in no way capable of coming up with an infinite amount of ideas to keep her busy. So I rely on the Craftster folks quite a bit for help. Because we’re a family who needs fun every now and then. But it’s gotta be cheap. We don’t need any of that fancy “rich people fun” (which I assume involves horses). Pfft, no, we need working class fun. And that involves glitter. So much glitter.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to drown my various aches and pains in my latest feel better concoction, the super green smoothie.

Super Green Smoothie of Super Health
1 kale leaf
1 banana, sliced and frozen
1 cup green tea, brewed and allowed to reach at least room temperature
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
A Splash of Almond Milk (or other milk, it doesn’t matter too much)
1 tsp maple syrup
About 3 ice cubes

Throw that crap in a blender. Drink it. Pray for an early death.

Cheers!