Soup It Up!

Hi all!  Hope you’ve had a great day!

Thank goodness my presentation is done!  Honestly, it was pretty terrible!  Basically, me and another guy had to lead the class discussion for a 3hr seminar! Ugh!  First, I couldn’t connect my computer to the projector because I have a newer Mac that doesn’t have the right port.  Thanks Apple and Cornell, but it was okay I could go without.  Sadly those hours I spent on the power point were all for nothing!

Then, the professor kept interrupting me asking me to talk about specific things. He didn’t want to discuss what I had prepared until the end of the class!  So basically I had to search in the book for things he was asking for.  Even though I had read it and it was basically the most basic thing even (push/pull factors of rural-urban migration… really we need to talk about this for an hour??) I got flustered and it was terrible.  I should have talked to him beforehand to make sure I covered everything he wanted since I was the first to present all semester.  Oh well, It’s done.

I was nervous before class so I had a light lunch (soup + cottage cheese + cucumbers).  By the time I got home, I was starving!

I made a quick veggie lentil soup using a Thai Veggie Stock I found on sale at Wegman’s this week!

Delish!  In my soup: 2 cups Thai veggie stock, ~1/2 cup dried lentils, 1/2 broccoli crown, some kale, and bok choy.  First I cooked the lentils in the stock for about 10-15 minutes then added the veggies for a few minutes and voila! (Next time, I’d thicken it up with a little corn starch or throw in an egg!)  For a little extra protein and just plain deliciousness I had 2 Morningstar Sausage Patties.

One in a tortilla because that’s how brown people roll.

Corn Tortillas > Flour Tortillas.  What do you think??

Then the wonder that is Karin, inspired me again (I should really just start a fan club).

I made some homemade granola bars using a tweeked version of this recipe.

Sadly I messed these up for a few reasons…
1. Forgot to add the flour
2. Forgot to add vanilla
3.  Needed more apple sauce but didn’t have any more.

Regardless, they taste delicious!!!

In my granola bars I used:

2 cups of oats
20g chia seeds
1-2 tsp cinnamon
some dried cranberries (only had 16g)
1 oz dried coconut
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/4 cup agave nectar (use more if you want sweeter)
1/2 cup of apple sauce (use more next time)

I mixed all these ingredients together and baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  I could probably get 12 bars out of this.  Here is the nutrition info for the ones I made:

Delicious, easy, inexpensive and healthy!

I think they turned out okay without the flour, but I think they would have been more bar-like had I used more apple sauce.  Oh well!  Next time!  I can’t wait to make variations of these!!  (PB in the future???)  I need to run to the store to get more applesauce!!

Have you ever made your own granola bars? Any tricks of the trade I should know about?

Well, now I’m off to read a huge pile of things about climate change!  Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading 🙂  Have a great night!!

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11 thoughts on “Soup It Up!

  1. Karin says:

    Oh I’m so sosrry to hear that your presentation didn’t go well 😦 I used to hate presentations because my teacher always asked me the most impossible questions. So mean!

    The soup looks amazing! Need to recreate that :).

    Haha Karla you’re way too kind! I’m glad that you liked the granola bars too. I also added more apple sauce than 1/2 cup and it definitely did the trick. I didn’t know that they were so easy to make! I definitely see some PB action in the future too.

  2. Jenn ( says:

    I like both kinds of tortillas, but I like flour better because they are chewier and I love chewy stuff. :mrgreen:

    I’m about to make homemade granola bars. I can’t decide on a recipe, so I’m just going to wing it! 😮 Wish me luck! LOL I might make my dentist verrrrrry wealthy in the near future.


  3. ginamastrog says:

    Congrats on a good presentation! I have been having lentil soup sooo much lately, but not with Wegmans stock. I swear, every time you mention good ol’ Weggers I want to go hoooooome! I have never made my own granola bars before, however if you’re ever looking for a taste tester for your creations…;-)

  4. louisianagrown says:

    Eek, sorry that your presentation was rough. I’ve never tried to make my own granola bars, but I’ve really been wanting to after seeing so many people do it lately. I just don’t even know where to find the time!

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