Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mushrooms and Sumac

Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Sumac

As the astonishing heat and humidity of the past few months seems finally to be settling down in southwestern Ontario, soups become more appealing. I always find the transition from blazing temperatures to cool ones quite an adjustment — a warming bowl of nourishing soup is solacing and comforting and helps the body to adjust.

This particular soup also happens to be easy and fairly light, making it an ideal one for late summer temperatures. It's fairly lightly spiced with some aromatics and fresh mint and some tangy zest from lemon juice and ground sumac. I was smitten with the meaty texture the dried mushrooms added to the bowl. Serve up with rustic bread and your meal is ready.

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mushrooms and Sumac

Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Sumac

As the astonishing heat and humidity of the past few months seems finally to be settling down in southwestern Ontario, soups become more appealing. I always find the transition from blazing temperatures to cool ones quite an adjustment — a warming bowl of nourishing soup is solacing and comforting and helps the body to adjust.

This particular soup also happens to be easy and fairly light, making it an ideal one for late summer temperatures. It's fairly lightly spiced with some aromatics and fresh mint and some tangy zest from lemon juice and ground sumac. I was smitten with the meaty texture the dried mushrooms added to the bowl. Serve up with rustic bread and your meal is ready.

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Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie

Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie

As I don't usually eat breakfast, smoothies are an ideal way to get needed nutrients to start your day. Fruit is essential for most of my smoothies, along with coconut milk or almond milk and other juices, such as carrot juice and cranberry juice.

This smoothie is one of my tastiest yet and very easy to whiz up in a regular blender — no high speed action needed to make this one that comes together in a few minutes. It's very creamy, with those distinctive mango and banana flavors.

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Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Curry with Swiss Chard and Roasted Eggplant


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Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Curry with Swiss Chard and Roasted Eggplant

Black-eyed peas have long been one of my favorite legumes, adding a welcome earthiness to dishes comprised of tangy, zesty or spicy flavors that make them a wonderful base in curries. In this nourishing curry, earthiness takes the main stage with roasted eggplant and Swiss chard.

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