10 Quotes That Don’t Suck and A Vegetable Lentil Soup For Good Measure

April 12, 2017

The last few days I’ve been seriously struggling with writer’s block. I have this really wonderful recipe for vegetable lentil soup. I have photos of said soup that I’m happy with (which is definitely not always the case) and yet…here I sit, in my little office, sipping apple cinnamon tea, staring at the photos and a blank post.

vegetable lentil soup (vegan + gluten free)

Maybe it’s the crummy weather or Noe’s spring break (I guess I’ve forgotten how much I rely on those hours to get work done and separate myself from the mom role). But, this week, I just can’t come up with anything interesting to say: no story, no anecdote, no creative bait to lure you in, get you caught up just enough so that at the very end you’ll be itching to make this soup.

So maybe today I’ll mx it up. Instead of a story, I’ll simply share a few of my latest inspirational quote finds.

Quotes that have me all tingly.

That I screen grab and place into a folder in my phone so creatively named “inspiration.”

Sometimes these quotes make it into my Instagram page (come follow me there if you’re so inclined, I’d love to connect with you) but often they lay dormant in that folder.

Today, for lack of anything poignant to say or anecdote to be had, enjoy what’s caught my eye lately. And then make the vegetable lentil soup, because it really is delicious.

Oh, and if you have quotes of your own that are speaking to you, please share them in the comments.


“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in it’s path.” Agatha Cristie


“Do few things, but do them well. Simple joys are holy.” St. Francis of Assisi 


“You are the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, the people you spend time with, the conversations you engage in. Choose wisely what you feed your mind.” Unknown


“No one else is responsible for your misery because it is just you who have forgotten how vast and beautiful you are.” Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


“[In marriage] once a week you must sing together. Be playful and you will stay united.” Unknown


“To find your mission in life is to discover the intersection between your heart’s deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.” Fredrick Buechner


“I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and starry nights.” Brook Hampton


“We blame when we don’t want to face our own limitations.” Sarah Wilson


“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vegetable Lentil Soup (vegan + gluten free)

vegetable lentil soup (vegan + gluten free)

Vegetable Lentil Soup (vegan + gluten free)
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A hearty and comforting vegetable lentil soup. Both vegan and gluten free.
: Soup
: Dinner
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups water + 1 vegetable bouillion cube or 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups chopped Swiss chard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup micro greens (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat for 1 minute.
  2. Add vegetables and salt then sauté for 5 minutes or until slightly tender.
  3. In the last minute add pepper, thyme, oregano and cumin. You want the heat to open up the flavors of the spices but you don't want to burn them.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and water/bouillion cube or veggie stock.
  5. Next, add lentils and bay leaf.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes or until lentils are tender.
  7. Add Swiss chard, cook for another 5 minutes.
  8. Finish the soup with lime, extra salt and pepper to taste and micro greens, if using.

Have a wonderful week.


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  • Reply Michael Chase April 12, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    This soup is truly delicious. Hearty, but well balanced and so full of flavor. And I didn’t know our silly songs about nothing were actually quite something. Lovely.

    • Reply Lisa April 13, 2017 at 9:11 am

      I know, they were helping out marriage the whole time 😉

  • Reply Afi April 16, 2017 at 6:26 am

    One of my favorites…”It’s okay to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful, you’re going to have to pass through all right, and when you get to all right, take a good look around and get used to it, because that may be as far as you’re gonna go.” -Bill Withers

    I’m making chickpea and red lentil soup today 😀

    • Reply Lisa April 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Afi I absolutely love that quote! So true, not everything is going to be wonderful from the start or ever but that doesn’t make it bad!

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