We don't have the standard three meals here at Babylon Sanctum. We couldn't be that normal, could we? ;)
The only meals there with specified times are dinner and tea. They are also the only meals that multiple household members are expected to take part in.
Dinner is by 7pm. Tea time is 2:30.
I've been eating a lot of microwave soup for tea time lately. Here's today's :)
-a soup spoon of butter-substitute
-broth (chicken, beef, veggie, or whatever you like)
-1 small potato
-green bean baby food
-sqaush baby food
Add everything to your microwave-safe bowl; use enough broth to cover all the veggies. Chop the broccoli and the potato relatively small, so they'll cook.
I use scissors for the broccoli and cut it directly into my bowl of broth. And a very sharp knife for the potatoes.
Microwave until potatoes are tender, approximately 6 minutes.
In that six minutes, you can, in this order:
-put the kettle on to boil
-get the tea pot and leaves or cups and bags ready
-make a toaster oven sandwich to go with your soup
-clean up the counter after prep
And when your soup is done, your microwave is going to be very steamy. Give it a quick 10 second wipe-down with a rag or paper towel, and you're ready to sit down to a full meal, quickly and easily prepared :)
Excellent spicing options are adobe, soul seasoning, or just plain salt and pepper.
If you want to, you can thicken the soup with some instant mashed potatoes and then thin it with a little milk-substitute or cream-substitute. This makes a heartier version, really good for a cold afternoon :) You can also do this and leave the potato out if you're out of potatoes or just don't want to bother with a potato.
It's really good topped with deli ham, too.
Serve with a warm baguette topped with ghee, or with a toaster-oven ham sandwich, recipe below. Dip the sandwich in the soup. It's awesome :D
Toaster Oven Ham Sandwich
-par-baked gluten-free baguette
-thinly sliced deli ham
Cut a section of baguette in half, spread with ghee, and arrange ham on bread. Toast open-faced in toaster oven until baguette is crispy.
Butter substitute: We use casein-free ghee and/or Earth Balance.
Broth: You can make your own if you want to, but you're good to use a high quality brand of store-bought stuff. Read the ingredients list to make sure whole ingredients were used. It should look like this, not like this.
Baby food: Trust me. They will add a lot of depth of flavor and nutrition to your soup. Experiment with different baby food vegetables, or even meats if you're adventurous. It's a quick, simple, shelf-stable source of lots of vitamins. Use Beechnut. Alternatively, you could make your own vegetable purees and freeze them for things like this.
Instant mashed potatoes: Again, go for something high quality. The ingredients should look like this, not like this.
Milk substitute: We use almond milk.
Cream substitute: We use a cashew-based product.
There you go. Enjoy tea time :) What are you thankful for today?
Love, life, light and luck,