The dreaded question: What’s for dinner, Mom?

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It was one of those nights when I didn’t have a clue what to make for dinner. Sometimes I’m good about meal planning. Sometimes I’m not. Anyway, I did have a big crock pot full of amazing smelling broth so I decided to start there. I just wasn’t sure exactly where I’d end up!

 

Child: What’s for dinner, Mom?

Me: Um, chicken, quinoa, kale, rice, bean, mushroom soup . . . [as I’m rummaging through the freezer and refrigerator pulling out random items]

Child: Wow, that’s a long name . . .

Haha. Seriously, I’m such a lazy cook. I rarely follow a recipe, but instead usually cook by intuition. Sometimes I regret it, but tonight I loved it! Only afterwards did I realize that this was a stellar nutritarian soup.

 

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Dr. Fuhrman has an acronym to help you remember the most nutrient dense foods on the planet – G-BOMBS. It stands for Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds. According to him, “These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet – these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.” You can learn more about Dr. Fuhrman and a nutritarian diet here: http://www.drfuhrman.com

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My soup didn’t have berries and seeds (thank goodness), but it did (accidentally) have greens, beans, onions, and mushrooms, plus some other all-star ingredients. Here’s a rough recipe:

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Accidental G-BOM Soup

Accidental G-BOM Soup

Ingredients

  • Accidental G-BOM Soup
  • 8-12 cups bone broth (Make sure you start with a good broth! Mine had been simmering in the crockpot for a couple days with onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and peppers, making it full of flavor. If all you have is water, you’ll want to sauté onions, garlic, and celery first then add the water and plenty of seasonings of your choice)
  • 1-2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1 cup small lentils (uncooked)
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1-2 cups cooked kidney beans (or any beans)
  • Leaves from one bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Bring broth to a simmer. Rinse quinoa under warm running water for a few minutes to remove bitter tasting coating, and then add to the broth along with the dry lentils.

Simmer about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the cooked rice, kidney beans, kale, and mushrooms.

Simmer another 10-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add more liquid if needed.

When ready to serve, remove from heat and stir in juice from two lemons.

Serve with cracked pepper, powdered chipotle peppers, and bread of your choice.

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I seriously could eat soup every day. It’s one of the most nourishing, comforting foods around! Enjoy!

 

 

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