Do you want to know what happened in Kansas today? They closed schools because of EXTREME COLD. Like…no snow…no ice…no dangerous driving conditions…just cold weather. The concern is that they don’t want kids waiting outside for the buses when it’s like negative ten degrees. So hopefully that gives you a nice frigid visual of the weather outside right now. Growing up in North Carolina where “extreme cold” was like twenty-five degrees, it was mind blowing to me that schools were canceled here just because of cold and no snow.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not in disagreement – I wouldn’t want my kids standing outside waiting for the bus when it’s negative ten outside, but I’m also a massive baby about cold weather. Example: I refuse to leave my house today, so Ford’s nanny, Catie, is going grocery shopping for me so I can stay inside. That’s how much I hate cold weather. I dread walking outside to get the mail, and then instantly upon reentering the house contemplate taking a hot bath ASAP.
Props to those of you who live in places like North Dakota and Minnesota who would think this Kansas winter sounds like a crisp fall day. I would literally hibernate in my house all winter long and never let my face touch the outside world. This is why it’s a good thing that we are moving to Arizona in a few months. I can handle heat – bring on ragingly hot temperatures and I’m good. But anything below fifty degrees, and I’m whining about it. #firstworldproblems
The only bonus of freezing cold weather? Warm, cozy comfort food is a million times more appetizing. I’m talkin’ about this soup people…this soup will warm up any cold day!
It’s super thick, extremely hearty, and loaded with warm, smoky flavor. Let’s talk about what we’ve got goin’ on in here:
- Yummy, aromatic vegetables: onion, garlic, carrots, celery
- Hearty sweet potatoes and lentils
- Fire roasted tomatoes
- Flavor bomb seasonings: smoked paprika, cumin, and coriander
- Lots of veggie stock
We’ve got three main delicious things happening that make this stew so dang yummy: the heartiness, the slight sweetness, and the smokiness. The heartiness comes mainly from the lentils, the slight sweetness comes from the sweet potato, and the smokiness comes from a combination of the fire roasted tomatoes and the smoked paprika. The best part of all this, in my opinion, is the combination of the smoky paprika and the sweet potatoes. Those two elements play off each other so deliciously and turn this stew into something really special!…