Two weeks ago I found out some crazy news. On a routine doctor's appointment I found out that my recent insane moodiness has nothing to do with me being crazy, and more to do with me going through menopause.
Now, luckily it's not real menopause, but some fake nonsense caused by my IUD. Apparently a nasty side-effect can be that it suppresses estrogen production almost completely. So, here I am in my mid-twenties with less estrogen than my grandmother. It's been fun.
The good news is that it's an easy fix. I got my IUD removed and now I just have to wait around for my body to realign my hormone levels.
The past two weeks have been a bit weird. I've been endlessly tired, and super unfocused. Hormones blow.
I've been trying my best to help my hormones along by eating lots of estrogen-boosting foods, like beets, soybeans, and garbanzos.
To do so I brought out one of mine and David's favorite vegan soups. It's so yummy.
I can respect a soup with peanut butter in it.
Peanut Garbanzo Soup
1 onion, chopped
2 T olive oil
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed well
1 can diced tomatoes, drained (or 3 or 4 diced fresh tomatoes)
2/3 cup peanut butter (I use fresh, organic PB)
2 T curry powder
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt, to taste
1 bunch fresh spinach, chopped
8 oz rice noodles (I like the skinny ones)
Soak the rice noodles in a bowl of hot water.
Cook the onion in the olive oil in a large pot until translucent.
Add in remaining ingredients except for the spinach and rice noodles. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 8-10 minutes.
Throw in the spinach and soaked rice noodles, and cook a few minutes longer until the spinach is wilted and the rice noodles are al dente.