Tomato Wild Rice Soup

Ahhh, fall!! My FAVORITE season!! Why?? Sweaters and soup. I love sweaters and soup. If it were more logical, I could totally live off soup. Sometimes I feel like I’m cheating on my husband with soup I love it so much.

This wonderful soup warms me to the bone and tastes fantastic!

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Tomato Wild Rice Soup

You will need:

1 28 oz. can organic tomatoes (whole, diced, crushed, any way!) or approx. 4 large fresh tomatoes
6 cups chicken stock (homemade would be best!)
1 large chopped organic onion
1/2 cup organic wild rice
2 tbsp. organic olive oil
3 cloves of chopped organic garlic
1 tbsp. dried organic basil
1 tbsp. dried organic parsley
2 tbsp. organic, unbleached sugar (you can leave this out if you want!)
Salt and Pepper
Optional- 1 tsp. organic crushed red pepper

Put everything except the stock, rice and the tomatoes in pot and cook it in the olive oil until the onions are withered and soft. Take the pot off the stove. If you have an immersion blender, add the tomatoes and the stock to the pot and blend it until the tomatoes are no longer chunky. If you don’t have an immersion blender, put the tomatoes (with the juice the come in) in a food processor until they are smooth then add them to the pot. Return the pot to the stove and add the rice. Bring it to a boil then reduce it to a simmer for 40-45 minutes or until the rice is cooked through and tender.

That’s it!! Its super easy and delicious =) I like it with freshly grated Parmesan and some homemade bread!!

Stay tuned for an easy, homemade deodorant recipe later this week!!

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‘I Love’ Tuesdays!

My container garden.

I love it.

I dream about planting acres of just edible plants. I drive by peoples empty yards and just think how great it would look with fruits, vegetables, herbs, greens and anything imaginable planted in it.

But, unfortunately, I live in a basement apartment and in 2 days will be living in a  second floor apartment, neither of which have yards.

However I have been freaking out (excitedly not scared) about our new place. Its huge and open with big windows. In the basement apartment there is one window that gets sun. So no plants here.

I have been growing my container garden at my moms house in anticipation of this move. And we’re moving stuff in today. So I finally get green things in my house!!!

Its all planted in organic potting soil. So fresh, organic herbs and salsa all summer!!

I’m growing two kinds of tomatoes, sweet peppers and habanero peppers in window boxes. Then in my indoor pots I have Rosemary, Lemon balm, St. Johns wort, Texas bird peppers, spearmint, basil and aloe.

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You can tell I love it because I buckled them in for the trip to the new place and didn’t buckle myself…

Its so exciting. I can’t wait for everything to be big enough to use!!

I think that everyone should at the very least, grow some herbs. Obviously, if your in my situation and have no yard, your limited on what you can do. But as long as you have some sunshine you can grow something!!

I plan to have mint tea with my spearmint. Make salve with the St. John’s wort. I have lots of plans for the lemon balm, as it is medicinal and lemony tasting for recipes.

No one can possibly comprehend how exciting I am to finally be growing things in my own home. There aren’t words.

I’m gonna go finish moving… Ugh. So much work.

Go plant something!!

Happy Tuesday!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent