Glazed Lentil Loaf

Glazed Lentil Loaf | Guinea Pigging GreenHappy Thanksgiving (Canadian) friends!

Steph and I both love fall — mostly for the colours and the soups

This year, between my work’s potluck, my boyfriend’s family gathering, and my family’s dinner, I had quite a bit of food I needed to contribute. I decided to pick a meal that I could make once and then just reheat the day-of. Enter: Oh She Glows’ Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf.

I bought everything I needed for this recipe from Essence of Life Organics in Kensington market (It’s my new favourite store). I was really happy that I would be able to serve a cruelty-free dish made entirely from organic ingredients to my friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. If you are near Kensington, I highly recommend checking out Essence of Life. You can actually save quite a bit by buying ingredients in bulk!

I ended up tripling the recipe to make 10 mini loaves and brought 2 loaves to each occasion. The rest, I am saving in the freezer for a chilly don’t-want-to-cook day.

I froze everything until the day of each dinner. I took however many I needed out of the freezer in the morning, and baked them again at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes before meal time.

I’m not going to lie, tripling this recipe required quite a bit of prep work, but it paid off! I would definitely do this again. The loaf got great reviews from vegans and non-vegans alike, so I’m tipping my hat to Angela.

Glazed Lentil Loaf | Guinea Pigging Green

How did you celebrate this year? Or, if you’re American, would you give this recipe a try?

— Laura

 

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Have you had your first chai latte of the season yet? I’ve been waiting patiently for mine, because I (foolishly) require an absolutely perfect Fall day for it. I want the sky to be bright blue with a few white clouds, I want to need a scarf and light jacket but still be able to just barely drink it outside comfortably without being too cold.

Chai lattes aside though, I haven’t held back on other Fall things like hot lemon water in the evenings or long walks outside. And I especially haven’t held back when it comes to soups. This is my second of the season, and it’s just as good as the first. Both have been cozy, yummy soups with perfect Autumn flavours. Dare I say it, I think I like this one more than the potato leek soup! It has a little kick to it, both in terms of its bright orange colour which has splattered my whole kitchen, and from its flavours: ginger, garlic, black pepper. It pairs so well with a few coconut flakes and is absolutely delicious.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Adapted from Joy the Baker

Ingredients

  • 4.5 cups of chopped carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat some oil of your choice (about 1.5 tsp). Add onion and cook until it is translucent and your house is starting to smell divine. Add in the ginger and garlic and stir often so it doesn’t burn. Cook until they are fragrant. Add your carrots and apple and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broth or water and simmer until the carrots and apples are soft enough to be broken up with your wooden spoon. Add seasonings to taste. Let the soup cool slightly, then use an immersion blender or regular blender to purée the soup.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Serve piping hot with some coconut flakes or pepitas or just on its own with a crust of bread. Enjoy!

Episode 31: Morning Pages

Episode 30: Morning Pages

This month, Steph and I have been guinea-pigging a new habit called morning pages. You can listen to the episode right here or subscribe to our whole iTunes channel.

Morning Pages involves journaling every morning about anything in order to clear your mind and even help get the creative juices flowing! I first heard about this practice from the Daily Muse and decided I needed to try it.

According to Julia Cameron, author of the Artist’s Way, there is no wrong way to do Morning Pages. She says:

“Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing,
done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages–
they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about
anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes
only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and
synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put
three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow”

Okay, so maybe mine are short (I stick pretty strictly to 1 page), but I think it’s about finding a routine that works for you! We were pretty amused by all of these other common questions Julia receives about something that’s supposed to be so easy (and totally personal!)

…And speaking of routines, Steph and I inadvertently became morning people during this experiment — separately! To learn more about Steph’s new 7 Minute Workout routine, check out the app here.

I really do love this episode. For starters, we’re podcasting again after taking a break for about a month. I’m also really pleased with our sound quality after switching up the way we record long-distance. Give the episode a listen and let us know what you think.

Love you all!

— Laura