Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Autumn Vegetable Soup

 This soup is hearty, delicious, versatile and just plain delicious. Filled with autumn veggies, I made this one vegan, but you can do whatever you want with it!

E. H. Fitness Autumn Vegetable Soup

What you need:

  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic (or 4 cloves chopped)
  • 8 oz package shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice (rinsed)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 4 cups raw, chopped kale
  • 1 can coconut milk
  What you do: 
  1. Put broth, sweet potato, onion, garlic, mushrooms, celery, carrots, rice and all spices in a slow cooker. 
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the rice is cooked and potatoes and carrots are softening. 
  3. Sir in the coconut milk and kale. 
  4. Let simmer for a few minutes until the kale wilts.
  5. Serve hot
  6. Enjoy!
Substitutes: 
  • for the coconut milk, you could use actual milk or cream
  • to make it lower carb, use cauliflower rice instead of brown
  • add chicken to up the protein
  • chicken broth works too

Friday, September 17, 2021

Help bring clean water to those who need it most...



This late morning run was really difficult for me…It was hot. The sun was beating down on me. I was soooo tired. And as I was running, this poem was texted to me. I listened to it being read while stretching outside before I got water which I was “just dying for.” Let’s just say, more than a bit teary eyed as I was completely humbled, grateful and re-energized to be running for such a basic need for people.

If you didn't know, I'm doing something on October 16 that I said I would never do: a half marathon. I'm doing it to raise money through World Vision to being water to places where the water is too far away or contaminated. This is a big deal. Too many people (so many children) die because they don't have access to something that we take for granted every day (maybe hour...maybe minute) or our lives. Let's do something about it!

Dear water,
It was hard to get to you.
Waking up at dawn
Buckets on our heads
Donkeys loaded with jerrycans.
Miles we walked
In the scorching heat
To look for you.
Dear water,
At last you came.
Sweet water
Our backs are rested
The miles are no more
Diseases are gone.
For you are closer to us.
Dear water,
You are such a blessing.
  —written by school girls in Kenya 

If your heart is touched by the voice of these precious children, please consider giving a small donation to bring easy, clean water to those in need. Below is the link to my team Team World Vision 2021 Kansas City Marathon fundraising page (along with a sweaty, teary pic of me).

 Click here to help bring water to those who need it most.