Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
2 T EVOO (I used coconut oil)
1 lb. sweet italian sausage, crumbled
1 onion, chopped (about 1 1/4 c.)
1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 c.) (I used 4 carrots to get this much)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T. chopped fresh rosemary
8 oz. brown lentils, rinsed
4 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
1 head escarole, coarsely chopped
Salt & Pepper
Parmesan cheese to garnish (optional, but delish)
1. In a large dutch oven (I used a regular ol' soup pot), heat EVOO over med/high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned; transfer to bowl using slotted spoon.
2. Add onion and carrot to pot and cook until slightly softened (3-4 min.). Stir in garlic and rosemary and cook 1 min. Add lentils, broth, and 3 c. water. Bring to boil, lower heat, and simmer until lentils are tender (25-30 min.).
3. Stir in escarole and sausage, cover and cook until escarole is wilted and sausage is heated through (3-4 min.). Season with salt and pepper.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
It was the kind of day where you are enjoying it so very much that you don't want it to end. We only get a handful of days like this a year. I just could not absorb enough of it all....I'm feeling healthy and happy, energized and revitalized; I am thankful and content, friends surrounding me; I can go to yard sales and be around a bunch of strangers and not feel a twinge of anxiety; I feel so, so much better in every area of my life, and I think I can actually say that I'm "on the other side" of the anxiety and depression of this spring/summer. I realized this morning that the weather today would not have been so completely enjoyable unless there had been about 2 weeks of steamy, hot, rainy days before this. It's always the deluges in life that make you appreciate the sun, the heat that makes you appreciate the cold, the suffering that makes you appreciate the relief. I'm so thankful to the Lord today for the suffering that He has used to change my life, to give me new eyes to see His goodness and love, to bring about a greater appreciation for His gifts. I'm not perfect, and I may have more issues with anxiety in the future; but I'm not going to fear that possibility because I know that my God will use it for good in my life and for His purposes. It will not be in vain, if I must go through it again, and He will be with me as He always, always is.