Vegetable soup

Since Hurricane Joaquin wanted to terrorize the eastern coast of the U.S. there has been nothing but rain here in Georgia. So as a result I have gotten sick. Whenever I’m sick I just want to lay in bed and watch Netflix. I lose all motivation to do anything and it’s honestly disgusting. So I decided to make soup! I was looking up different soup recipes and came across one that has potatoes, lentils and carrots (which I love) and we had all the ingredients in the house so it was perfect.

I am the only vegetarian in this household so of course the meat eaters were expecting something for themselves other than just vegetable soup, so they grilled some sausage.

But I’ll tell you how this vegetarian soup went!


  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped as well)
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic (minced)
  • 4 potatoes
  • 16 0z of lentils
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 6 cups of water or vegetable stock (I didn’t have stock so I settled for water)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar


The original recipe I found online also called for 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and dried coriander and it did not call for red kidney beans! But if you get anything from this post I want it to be that you don’t have to follow recipes you have to follow instinct and yourself. Given, I only didn’t put those two items because I didn’t have them but you have to make due with what you have!

Before I actually started the soup I got the lentils, cleaned them and made sure there wasn’t any unwanted foreign objects. Then in a bowl, I soaked the lentils in water to softened them.

After an hour of letting the lentils soak I started to work of the soup! (finally) I got a pot and heated up my teaspoon of oil, added the garlic, potatoes and carrots to it. Once the onions were soft (make sure you stir often so you don’t burn the onions) I added 6 cups of water (or your vegetable stock) and then the lentils (after they were drained), bay leaves, potatoes, and cayenne pepper. I brought it to a boil, then reduced the heat and let it simmer.

  • It’s important that while you’re cooking you’re constantly tasting your food. Everyone relies on the cook to make sure the food is seasoned well! So taste your soup and add salt and pepper accordingly.

Once my soup was almost done I added the red kidney beans. Since the beans came from the can they’re easier to work+cook which is why I added them at the last minute.

Once the soup was finally done I mixed in the vinegar, surprisingly the vinegar really transformed the soup.

Also while the soup was cooking I made a pot of rice. I have become accustomed to eating soup with rice and I’m not sure if others are or not but I love it!

In my bowl I placed spoonfuls of rice and covered it with my soup and garnished it with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a slice of avocado.

The soup was hearty and warming. It didn’t take my annoying cold away but it was nice nonetheless. Not the best soup I’ve ever had BUT the point is to try.


Side-note: Meat eaters are constantly crying about protein and why vegetarians don’t get enough of it and how not eating meat is horrible. Not to be rude but it’s extremely annoying. I KNOW meat provides protein, I get it. Protein is not the reason I stopped eating meat. I’m not pushing vegetarianism, I really couldn’t care less if people ate meat or not. I firmly believe that is a decision you take on to benefit your body. With that said lentils are a great source of protein for vegetarians seeking protein, 1 cup of lentils provides 18grams of protein. Some say that the average woman needs about 46 grams of protein a day. Eating nuts and legumes is a great way to get all your protein and nutrients. I’ll explain my vegetarianism in detail in a later post.

With that I will leave you guys to have a great Thursday, if you guys have any comments let me know!

Happy Thursday,

-Love Nicole ❤

Must have items!

Over the past several weeks, I have fell in love with a few products:

  •  Coconut Oil
  •  Lemon
  •  Apple Cider Vinegar
  •  Baking Soda
  •  Indian Healing Clay
  •  Ezekiel Bread

Coconut Oil:


Coconut oil is literally like manna from heaven. This product is probably my absolute favorite. I use it to:

  •  Moisturize my hair and my dogs fur
  •  Oil pulling
  •  Cook with
  •  Moisturize my skin

I haven’t been oil pulling for very long but despite the weird feeling it gives me I have been trying to stick it out and continue. I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around my mouth for about 20 minutes and then spit it out into the garbage. After I brush my teeth like normal. I have been doing this morning and night for about a week and it feels great. My teeth and mouth feel a lot cleaner. I’m going to continue doing this so I’ll let you guys know what happens.

Oil pulling is said to whiten your teeth, eliminate bad breath and prevent diseases in your gums. It is also said to benefits things other than your mouth such as, reduce congestion, relieve headaches, reduce redness in joints and helps to promote better sleep patterns.

I do not know how true all this information is but it’s kind of interesting.

Everything coconut is pretty much good for you, such as coconut sugar. It’s a lot healthier than regular sugar and can be used just the same!



Second to coconut oil, lemon is like manna from heavens cousin. I use lemon for various things. I drink warm water throughout the day and I put a little lemon juice in the water. (Also warm water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper) I clean my face probably around 3 days a week with lemon and honey. I have been eating watermelon a lot lately and I put lemon juice on the watermelon chunks and let me tell you! It is amazing, I would have never guessed. You must try it.


Lemon with warm water helps to detox the body

Helps in digestion

Prevents acne and wrinkles

Maintains body pH levels

Apple cider vinegar:

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This vinegar is a little sweeter than your average white vinegar. I use this vinegar to clean my face as well. I have heard that it is good to drink a teaspoon of this vinegar once a day. I have not tried doing this but I think it would be beneficial. I use this vinegar for salad dressing as well. I have completely stopped using salad dressings such as Italian, and Ranch. And I use apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. Seriously it is so much better than those dressings that completely mask the flavors of the vegetables.

I also use this vinegar with two other items on my list!


Lowers blood sugar levels

Help with weight loss

Help with sore throats (Gargle the vinegar with warm water)

And gives you an energy boost!

Baking Soda:

Baking soda doesn’t just have to be for baking. I use this item with my apple cider vinegar and use it for shampoo and conditioner. I know that might sound a little weird but it is actually refreshing. (I got this from a coworker, thanks Jason <3)

So I get two cups and I just put a little bit of vinegar in one and a little bit of the baking soda in another and take it with me to the shower. When I’m ready to wash my hair I take the baking soda cup and fill it half way with water. and then I pour it all over my hair focusing primarily on my scalp. Then I massage my scalp. After a little while I rise that out of my hair with cold water. Then I do the same with the vinegar. You have to make sure you rinse your hair out good though so you don’t end up smelling like vinegar the whole day. But it makes my hair feel smoother and cleaner since it doesn’t have all the chemicals that regular shampoo and conditioner has.

Keep in mind this is not supposed to be used everyday. Since overusing this might strip your hair of its natural oils. I only use it when my hair needs some revitalization and a break from all kinds of products. And with certain hair types it might leave your hair dry. That’s why I focus on my scalp when I’m washing with these items. After I clean my hair with this I moisturize with coconut oil so my hair isn’t so dry.

Baking soda is also great for brushing your teeth. A while ago I tried making my own toothpaste, I kind of failed but I still use it because its so simple to make.

It is just coconut oil, mint essential oil and baking soda.

You can use baking soda for insect bites as well and as a natural deodorant ( my next project).

Indian Healing clay:


This God-given product that you can get from whole foods has done wonders for my face.

I try to use it once a week or just whenever my face needs it.

I take about a tablespoon of the product and add it with apple cider vinegar. Then I spread it all over my face and wait about 20 minutes for it to dry. You can feel your skin pulsate and tighten. I rinse it off with cold water and it leaves my face red (which lasts for about 15 minutes) but it is like a new face, so fresh and clean.

This product is made of bentonite clay which is referred to as Aztec magic.

This clay helps to get your cells more oxygen and be able to breathe.

It relieves digestion problems.

Improves the health of teeth and mouth

It can also be used as an alternative to baby powder!

Ezekiel bread:

Aka the Bible bread. I love bread, I will eat bread all day and night and that’s kind of a problem for me. Because of my love for bread I have been trying alternatives, such as wraps made from rice and things of that nature but this Ezekiel bread is perfect. To be honest it took me a little to get used to this bread. It is not like other bread. They do not have flour, it is organic, it is made out of 6 different grains and legumes and it tastes great. I’ll typically eat the bread like toast with coconut oil on it. It’s amazing. They have different flavors but my favorite is the sprouted grain. Give this bread a chance and you’ll love it too.

These items are not that hard to get and have multiple uses so it saves money and time!

Happy Saturday ❤