This post was written in collaboration with Jord Wood Watches. All opinions are my own.
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I wanted to make this post about Valentine’s Day, about having the perfect date night with your sweetheart, about delicious soup and beautiful wood watches. But I feel called to say a few words on the situation in our country right now. There is so much hate and intolerance in our current administration. As a Christian, I cannot stand idly by while those in need are rejected from the safety of our country. Matthew 25:35-40 specifically comes to mind.
While I will definitely being speaking more on these issues in upcoming posts, I want to transition into talking about positive things – things like love and Valentine’s Day and cooking for people you love. I know a lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day…. “you don’t need a specific day to show love”, they say. And they’re absolutely right, you don’t. But I personally think that it’s nice to have a day set aside to appreciate and spend time with the person / people you love.
A way that I show love is by cooking for people. It’s an act of service, to feed someone else, to nourish their body and soul with a delicious meal. That’s where this Date Night Soup comes in. I wanted to make something warming – literally – for the heart and body. It would be perfect for a date with your significant other, your best friend, or even your mom or dad! And taking only 30 minutes to throw together, it’s a no-fuss Valentine’s Day meal that is sure to impress.
You might be wondering, though… why is there a really cool watch in all these photos? Well, Jord Wood Watches, an awesome company that makes (you guessed it) watches from wood, sent me a gorgeous dark sandalwood watch to share with y’all. And they were even kind enough to host an EXCLUSIVE contest for my readers – just follow this link, and you can enter to win a $100 gift code towards your own watch! Even just entering alone will get you a $25 gift code, so it’s win-win.
But on a personal note, I just want to thank the kind folks over at Jord for hosting this contest …. we could all use a little more positivity and beauty in our lives right now. <3
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for sauté
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 2 Stalks Celery, diced
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme, just the leaves
- Juice from ½ Lemon
- 4 Cups Vegetable Stock
- 2 Cups Water
- Salt to Taste (very important!)
- ½ Tsp Pepper
- ¼ Tsp Coriander
- 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
- Pinch Cayenne (optional)
- Cooked Pasta, to serve (between 2-3 cups)
- Fresh Herbs, to serve (if you like)
- Bring a soup pot to medium heat with a glug of olive oil.
- Add in diced onion and celery, and sauté until onions are soft, about 5-10 minutes.
- Then, add in minced garlic and fresh thyme leaves and sauté for another 1-2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Be careful not to let the garlic brown!
- Then, add in lemon juice, vegetable stock, water, and spices. Add salt to taste - this is very important!
- Once everything is added in the pot, let simmer for about 15 minutes, so the flavors can really meld.
- When done, serve soup over cooked pasta. I used heart-shaped noodles, but you can use any type you like! I wrote 2-3 cups in the recipe, but you can really use as much or as little pasta as you like. Cooked rice or grains (like wheatberries or spelt) would be great too!
- Serve with fresh herbs if you like - I used a little parsley and some sprouts.
Quotes of the Day:
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
– Desmond Tutu
What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
– Jackie DeShannon