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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
Date Night Soup | For Valentine's Day
- 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 1/2 Lemon
- 4 Cups Vegetable Stock
- 2 Cups Water
- Salt to Taste very important!
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1/4 Tsp Coriander
- 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
- Pinch Cayenne optional
- Cooked Pasta between 2-3 cups, to serve
- Fresh Herbs if you like, to serve
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