Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Mushy Food

After a disastrous result of trying to chew on something this morning, I have decided to just stick with blended mush. I have found, though, that even if the texture has to be boring, I can still enjoy the taste. Here are two recipes that help to soothe your teeth and nourish your body without sending your tongue into a bland depression.

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Cauliflower and Lentil Soup
makes 4 cups
5 cups frozen cauliflower
1/4 cup dry lentils
1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
1/4 of an onion, sliced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups chicken broth
dash of cayenne pepper powder
oil, as needed

Saute the onions, garlic, and lentils with a little oil in the bottom of a pot over medium heat. Once the onions are lightly browned, add the rest of the ingredients to the pot. Cover and bring to a low boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low, and allow the soup to simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour into a blender. Blend until creamy and then serve.

The following smoothie is thick and filling. It's the perfect meal for when you can't chew anything. I pulled out the juicer to make fresh apple juice, but you could use store bought juice or just a blended apple.

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Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Fresh Apple Juice Smoothie
makes 1 large or 2 medium servings
½ tsp cinnamon
2 apples
2 tbsp peanut butter
½ cup oatmeal
½ cup water
½ cup almond milk

 Combine the oatmeal, water, and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 ½ minutes. Stir, and pour into a glass dish. Freeze for one hour. Meanwhile, core the two apples. Push them through a juicer to get apple juice. Refrigerate until needed. Scoop the leftover pulp from the inside of the juicer. Put it in a bowl and freeze for an hour along with the oatmeal. Once your ingredients are properly frozen, put everything into a blender. Blend until it’s all well mixed up and enjoy.

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Happy Palm Sunday! Easter is only a week away. Harper got to sing at church this morning, but I had to stay home. I guess chipmunks aren't allowed at church. I might get confused with one because of my huge swollen cheeks.

Here's a bunny card. I traced the picture out of my Stampin' Up magazine, but never really thought about how weird it was. The picture is of a rabbit hatching out of an egg. That's not normal. And what do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter??

On a random note, my mom and I just finished watching a movie called Stuck. It's about international adoption. It's a really great movie for a really great cause. You can buy it online here.

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