In January I had read Diet for a Small Planet and to say my mind was blown is a bit of an understatement. Upon reading this book I really got to thinking about the consumption of meat and its effect of the planet. At that time I had decided to limit the amount of meat we were consuming.
I just recently finished reading Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman. Despite what might be said about the diet he prescribed, many people think it is too restrictive, he makes a pretty convincing case for a predominately plant based diet. In the book he proscribes a diet full of veggies, fruits and beans, minimal whole grains, no animal products. He writes that one should try the diet for six weeks and let the results, lost weight, increased energy and health, speak for themselves.
Only somewhat reluctantly I am going to give the six weeks a try. I’m going to seriously miss licorice…he also restricts sugar. Here is my first Eat to Live meal.
Place one sliced onion into a soup pot over medium low heat. Sweat the onion in a little bit of water to prevent sticking.
Once the onion has become translucent add four cloves minced garlic, one inch minced peeled ginger, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 3 Tbsp dried cilantro, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, cracked black pepper to taste. Once the spices start to open up and the kitchen is smelling awesome add eight chopped carrots, four chopped celery sticks, half a head chopped cauliflower and half a head shredded cabbage to the pot. Add six cups water and 2 bay leaves. Just for fun…here’s what it looks like.
Cover and simmer for half an hour. Add one can, preferably Eden organic, cannellini beans and simmer for 30 more minutes. Allow to cool a bit and purée in a blender or with an immersion blender.
Ginger Carrot Soup
1 sliced onion
4 cloves minced garlic
1 inch minced peeled ginger
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 Tbsp dried cilantro
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Cracked black pepper
8 chopped carrots
4 chopped celery sticks
1/2 head chopped cauliflower
1/2 head shredded cabbage
6 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 can Eden Organic Cannellini Bean (this brand is BPA free and salt free) Furhman is against salt too! Not sure how I feel about that but I’m going with it.