Chickpea Soup

It has been a long time since I last shared a recipe. Probably a few years. This soup is too good not to share, though! I found the recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine and have adapted it over time, making it my own.

Chickpea Soup

Jimmy and I recently had my father-in-law over for dinner and he kept raving about this soup. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so I took it as a compliment. He even said the soup tasted like it should be in a restaurant.

It’s certainly not the most beautiful soup, but the combination of rosemary, tomatoes, and chickpeas give it a lovely rustic Italian taste. It it easily my favorite soup, and I make it regularly.

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Chickpea Soup (adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine)

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 carrots, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 Tbs dried)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cans (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil on medium heat and add the carrots, onion, celery, garlic, kale, rosemary, and crushed red pepper. Sauté until tender, 8-10 minutes.
2. Stir in the broth, chickpeas, and tomatoes. Puree the soup until coarse in a food processor or with an immersion blender.
3. Return to pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

Passion and dedication

I’ve been thinking about passion and dedication lately. Since starting to write a book, I have¬†learned a lot about myself.

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When I first began drafting the plot, creating characters, and outlining the book, I was very passionate about what I was doing. I thought about my book all. the. time. I was diligent about writing every day and downright giddy about the storyline.

Feeling so passionate about something was beautiful. I’m passionate about my faith, my relationship with my husband, animals, and coffee. Passion makes me feel purposeful.

I have been working on my book for six months now. I’ll be honest and say that some days, the passion to write just isn’t there. I can find a million other things to do besides make up a story that no one is reading besides me. It’s easy to doubt myself, and feel like what I write isn’t good enough.

Sometimes I avoid writing because I don’t think I can write the story that’s in my head in the way I want it to be written. Basically, I want what I write to be perfect because I’m so passionate about the story.

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That’s where dedication comes in. I’m dedicated to writing this book. I may not feel passionate about writing all the time, but I am absolutely dedicated.

When I feel uncertain about my abilities, I remember why I started. When I’m tired and don’t feel like writing, I choose not to give up. I consciously decide to stay dedicated in spite of my feelings. Our feelings are constantly changing. I may hate what I write one day, and then love it the next. The passion may be there today, but not tomorrow. Whatever the case, I am dedicated.

Sometimes I am passionate, but I am always dedicated.

What are your thoughts on passion and dedication?

What are you passionate about?