Merry Christmas and Happy Chaunkkah!
We opted for eco-friendly, recycled wrapping this year - even the little things make a difference! We used recycled bags from friends, paper grocery bags, and the boxes in which our shipped gifts came! Our tiny tree looks even more diminutive with the gifts underneath... :-)
When Zach arrived home from work this morning, he suggested that we each open one gift before he fell asleep... Here's a very sleepy Zach with his Irish Whiskey! Needless to say, he'll sample it much later, not at 8AM... :-)
And a sleepy kitty, who wants to know why we can't have a Christmas morning nap... :-)
Time for Zach and the kitties to take a nap, and for me to make Red Velvet Soup!
Red Velvet Soup
1 cup quinoa
4 cups vegetable broth, divided
1 T olive oil
1 Onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 rutabagas with their greens, roots and green parts separated and each chopped
2 beets with their greens, roots and green parts separated and each chopped
~ In a medium saucepan, stir together the quinoa and two cups broth. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the broth is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from the heat, and set aside.
~ In a large soup pot, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until limp and translucent.
~ Add the greens from the rutabagas and the beets, and saute a bit more - just a couple of quick turns.
~ Pour in the remaining two cups broth, and the chopped root veggies.
~ Cover and simmer until the root vegetables are tender.
~ Using a food processor or immersion blender, puree until smooth.
~ Stir in the quinoa, heat through, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
~ Serve warm, garnished with Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast if you'd like to keep the dish vegan! Very festive and healthful...
Merry Christmas and Happy Chaunkkah! Wishing peace and joy to all...