Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Happy Herbivore's African Kale and Yam Soup

Happy Hump Day!!!   Last night I had planned on having fried eggplant, but things got changed up a bit, so I ended up making the African Kale and Yam Soup from The Happy Herbivore cookbook.  If you don't have this cookbook and would like a chance to win a copy, head over to Veggie Burgher.  You have until the 16th to enter her contest.  Everything I have made from this cookbook has been delicious, so go enter her contest for a chance to win.  :o)  

The African Kale and Yam Soup was very good.   I have to be honest, I wasn't sure how kale and yams would be together, but they totally meshed!  The spice mixture consisted of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, curry powder, miso paste (I left this out, because I didn't have any), and cinnamon.  I cooked Tony some basmati rice to go with his casserole that he requested, so I put a little rice in the bottom of my bowl and put the soup over it.   Another keeper and a definite will make again recipe!

 Here's my very green smoothie that I had Tuesday morning.   I haven't been eating as healthy the last couple of weeks since we have been so busy, so I thought I should double up on my greens (not sure why). The only down side to this smoothie is that my blender didn't want to blend all that kale up very well, so it was a little chunky.  It was still very good though.  For this smoothie I used:

3 kale leaves
1 1/2 cups water
1 date
1 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen mixed fruit (strawberries, pineapple, and mango)
about a 1/2 inch chunk of ginger
1/2 scoop of pea protein powder

If you don't have a high powered blender, you might want to put the water, kale and ginger in the blender first and blend that for a couple of minutes like I do.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it's as smooth as you can get it.  :o)

Do any of you coupon?  I'm just starting, because I really need to cut back on spending so much for groceries.  I have a friend who saves big time by couponing.  Kroger had their Larabars on sale last week.  They were buy 10 or $10.  I had 2 coupons for $1 off when you buy 4.  I ended up getting 10 Larabars for $8....not a bad deal, huh?  They are normally $1.49 each.  That was my big save over the weekend.  :o)



  1. Are coupons so big in the US? Here we get them sometimes, but often they are for thing that I would not buy: no one give you coupons for fresh fruit and veggies!!! Sad!


  2. Mmmm. That soup sounds delicious. I cut coupons every once in a while. Typically there aren't any I'd use anyway...

  3. I love kale and sweet potatoes. A soup like that has been on my list of things to try. Maybe I'll check out that recipe.

    I agree with Alessandra - most of the things I see coupons or 10/10 for are things I wouldn't buy. I also don't get the paper, so no coupons there. If you have success finding stuff you want, that's awesome! I'd read about that. :)

  4. Most coupons are for prepackaged processed foods, but I love 'Extreme Couponing' on TLC. New episode tonite at 9:30et.

  5. The kale and sweet potato soup looks delicious! I will have to try this combination. Great deal on the Laura Bars:)

  6. I know you said you were going to make eggplant so I came over to your blog to see and by line two I read "i know i had planned to make eggplant but..." awwww :( Thats okay, maybe another time! its hard to cook so much when you're busy , I feel ya! I havent had a green smoothie all week bc I havent been to the grocery, just working night shift 7pm to 7am and sleeping during the day- i feel awww-ful!! I really need my green smoothies! I used to coupon, I mean obsess about it, (ps it seems there are even more couponing blogs than food blogs if you can imagine) and it just got so overwhelming and took so much time that now I Just go to the farmers market and forget the coupons.

  7. Alessandra, coupons are pretty big in the US, but we don't get them for fresh fruits and veggies either....just the frozen ones. :(

    Aimee, There's not a whole lot that I will use either, but plenty for my husband. At least I can save a lot on foods for him. :)

    Jessica, I don't get the paper either, but I have started buying a Sunday one for the coupons. Most of my savings will be on Tony though. I have found a few things on some of the coupon websites that I can use the Larabar coupons. My friend double coupons at Walgreens and Target and gets a lot of household and health & Beauty Aid products that's what I'm talking about. :o)

    Shen, you are right about most coupons being for prepackaged processed foods. I love that show, but I missed it last night because we weren't home. I hope I can catch a rerun of it.

    Debbie, the soup was really good. I was so impressed. :o)

    Michelle, I know...I'm so sorry I didn't get the fried eggplant cooked. Hopefully my eggplant will hang on for another day or two. I'll be sure to post about it when I make it though. Wow, you have some rough working hours! I don't think I could work nights. I can see how a person can spend a lot of time clipping coupons. I've spent a good amount of time just getting started. Hopefully it won't get too overwhelming. :)

  8. oooh this is the second kale recipe i've come across today! blogland is subconsciously telling me to buy kale now! looks great!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  9. Thanks for mentioning my giveaway! I've been wanting to try this soup--sounds great.