So it’s real. This winter, here in Seattle, is never going to end. Ever. I walked the boys in the triple stroller to Metropolitan Market today and the world seemed divided into two wintry camps; those that think what appears to be triplets are a momentary spectacle and those that find their existence barely tolerable. Usually there is a third camp that finds them adorable or at least interesting (in a good way). This third camp, for today, was all but lost with that all-too-familiar damp, chilly breeze that greeted them first thing this morning.
So today, the boys and I made soup. That momentary cure for the what-shouldn’t-still-be-winter-blues. Screaming hot bowls of tomatoes, onion, herbs, quinoa and peas. Please.
We had onions, celery, half a yellow squash, peas and cooked quinoa at the house so our sole goal for the store outing was to get a large can of stewed, crushed tomatoes and a box of vegetable broth. I call these our “$5.00 outings”.
At home I put the big cutting board on the ground and let the boys chop away at the veggies with their plastic knives. A mess was made and fun was had.
In the end I sauteed an entire yellow onion with 3 sticks of celery and the chopped squash. Added the can of tomatoes, box of broth and about 3 cups cooked quinoa. Threw in a tablespoon sugar, big splash vinegar, 2 tsps salt and a bunch of fresh ground pepper. Last, zipped up the flavor with some Tony Chacheres. Let this all come to a boil and then added half bag of frozen peas. Done. Took 15 minutes start to finish.
A little avocado, feta and green onion garnish (because I happen to have all that laying around) to finish it off and a tasty-hot-healthy-quick lunch was had by all. Beat it, Seattle winter, you’ve worn out your welcome. Please?