beka stays hungry : red lentil stew

I almost forgot to post this!

Which is also an accurate reflection on how I felt about this dinner.

It was hearty. It was good. It came together quickly. But it won’t be one that I remember. Perhaps it’s because I left the jalapeno out or didn’t salt properly. Or it could be that I should just stop trying to make soup/stew with butternut squash because I’ve never been enthusiastic about the results. But one way or another, this just wasn’t a success for me. You win some, you lose some.

The recipe is from Jenna at Eat, Live, Run (which is a wonderful blog with lots of great recipes!). You can find the recipe for the stew here.

Here’s the breakdown:

Difficulty: Opening Cans + Cutting Squash = the hardest part of this equation. So easy!

Preparation Time: So quick!

Dumpster Dinner, Not Bad, Good, Really Good, or Unbelievably Amazing: Not Bad. This comforting stew filled me up all week long! I also decided to add goat cheese and arugula. Good decisions, both.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5. Just not my favorite, sad to say.


the dailies : 9.19.11

daily word: “Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.” – Hebrews 9:15 (MSG)

daily sweat: I’m down for the count with a cold, so I just did a short weights/strength workout at home today so as not to infect an entire cardio facility.

daily dish: Because of aforementioned (minor) ailment, I tried to keep things extra healthy today.


Oatmeal with 1% milk, nectarines, bananas, chia seeds, walnuts, and a sprinkling of brown sugar.


This was the orange meal. Vitamin C Central! The Thai Sweet Potato Soup was awesome – warm and comforting. I also cut up a carrot from the farmer’s market and had that with some hummus and had the other half of the nectarine from breakfast. Later, I had one of the oatmeal peanut butter bars I made yesterday before going into work.


More Vitamin C! At work I snacked on a few things hanging around and made myself a large steamed carrot/ginger/apple juice for dinner. When I came home I had a cookie because under the weather or not, chocolate is still my favorite food group.

daily mile:

Day 14: keeping promises

(And, after rereading that post, I think I’d feel better if I could go back to Spokane and get those pancakes again. Like 110% better.)