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Green Lentil and Leek Soup

gllsThree years ago, one of our pastors was sick. How did I remember this? I didn’t. Facebook did though, and showed me a sweet little thank you post from said pastor because I brought her a little Lentil Soup.

Well coincidentally, she’s sick again. There is a nasty upper respiratory virus going around. It’s the kind that leaves you with zero energy. And it’s laying people up for a week at a time.

I knew what I had to do. Time to make more soup. And since it is Lent, it was quite obvious that Lentil Soup was in order once again.

Green Lentil and Leek Soup
2 quarts water
2 cups green lentils
1 leek, chopped and rinsed
1 half onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Cayenne Pepper
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped

  1. Combine everything but the apple in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  3. Add the chopped apple. Allow to simmer for another 30 minutes, just long enough for the apple to warm but not get mushy.
  4. Serve!

I had just enough soup for me for lunch and my pastor and her husband for dinner. I was very pleased with this soup. I usually use broth or stock for my soups but I wanted to make this one vegan and I don’t really love any vegetable broths so I figured the leeks and everything else would be enough flavor. I was right. Very flavorful indeed!

I didn’t measure the spices. I would say I used equal amounts of cumin and turmeric; no more than a teaspoon of each, and about half of that amount of cayenne. There was a nice little zing, but not too much. This upper respiratory thing is causing a terrible cough and I didn’t want to make it so spicy that it set off a coughing fit.

I hope my soup brings a fast recovery, because Sunday is Confirmation and there’s cake. No one, especially the pastor, should miss church cake.


Lentil Soup with Sausage

lssIt’s amazing how inspired I can be at 6:15 AM. It’s not an everyday thing. Some mornings I am not sure if I actually made my son’s PB&J. But other mornings, I am a culinary genius. Monday was one of those mornings.

I love lentil soup and with the temperature falling, I felt like it was time to whip up a batch for the nice crisp day ahead. My go-to recipe for Lentil Soup is my own Creamy Lentil Soup. Monday, I wanted something different. I scanned my pantry and fridge to see what I could whip up. Keep in mind, it was 6:15 AM so my creativity was not fully awake. Anything I was going to use really needed to be front and center. There, on the shelf in the fridge was a half a tomato and some onion. In the crisper was a bag of shredded carrots. Hmmm. Turkey sausage crumbles! JACKPOT!!!

Lentil Soup with Sausage
1 can (15 oz) lentils or one cup cooked lentils
2 cups broth of choice
1/3 cup each chopped tomato and shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup turkey sausage crumbles.

1. Combine everything but the sausage in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add the sausage.
3. If you are serving right away, heat and eat.
4. If you are eating later, you can simply pour into your container and heat later.

My Faithful Assistant and I both had the soup for lunch on Monday. It was fantastic. If you aren’t eating meat, no worries! Just use veggie broth and leave out the sausage. It will be just as delicious.


A Day in the Life of My Vitamix

dilvIf you haven’t figured it out yet, I love my Vitamix. She is a lovely, hard working member of my family. She greets me with her cheery red face each morning and helps me prepare healthy food for my whole family in no time flat.

I thought you’d be interested in seeing what a day in the life of my Vitamix is like!

6:00 AM – Time to make a smoothie for the teenager! His preference is to get his veggies into his diet early in the day and I am happy to oblige. He really enjoys a Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. It gets him set to greet his Social Studies teacher at 7:20 who has started her day with Boot Camp. bss

7:00 AM – My Faithful Assistant isn’t a huge smoothie fan but once in a while, I can get him to have a Chocolate Banana Smoothie. No reason to sneak veggies into this one’s diet. He happily eats them with no deceit needed. This is a new recipe that you can find at the bottom of this post. cbs

7:15 AM – Time to make my breakfast! So many choices! Mango Smoothies are a family favorite. Isn’t it great to be able to get mangos year round? I take my smoothies to go each day. I got some great glasses with lids so I don’t have to use a plastic containers anymore.ms

7:20 AM – Now to whip up some soup for lunch. I put a little hot water and a tiny drop of dish soap in my friend, turn her on high for a few seconds, and rinse her out and she’s ready to go for my fourth creation of the morning. I always have lentils in my house and my favorite are Urad Dal. Prepared in this Fake Potato Soup, they taste exactly like potatoes with a good amount of protein and fiber. Delicious! fps

8:30 PM – Time to unwind and my hero Vitamix is ready to lend a hand here, too. My boys and I love Hot Chocolate and we were thrilled to try my friend Jen’s recipe from her blog, The Whole Bag of Chips. With the cold weather we’ve had, we welcomed this sweet, warm treat during our traditional Friday night movie.jhc

Have I convinced you to get a Vitamix yet? I admit they are pricey. We opted to get this for ourselves for Christmas and I think it was worth every penny. If you already have a blender you love, these recipes will work in them too. Many of them were posted well before my new love came into my life. I hope you’ll try a few of these recipes.

Here’s the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1 banana
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
4-5 ice cubes

1. Place the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending on low and slowly increase speed to high.
3. Serve!

I hope you enjoy all these recipes. My Vitamix is going to take a nap.

"Fake" Potato Soup

I feel like I’m behind on sharing soup ideas! With the warm weather, and all the activities, it’s been hard to keep the soups cooking. But I think I have a good one for you today!

I love potato soup but when I make it for my family, I often don’t eat it because potatoes are something I’m trying to avoid. I find I do better when I eat foods that have more fiber and protein than potatoes. And when I say do better, I mean I am less likely to get hungry in the middle of the day and resort to eating whatever is within arm’s reach.

But, as I said, I love potato soup. And I love lentils! If you recall, my love of lentils was kindled by a meal of Chilean Sea Bass served over a bed of beautiful black lentils. They were delightful and delicate and have become a staple in my diet. I make my own Creamy Lentil Soup several times a week for lunch. I love it that much!

This past weekend, while shopping I came across a bag of Urad Dal or black lentils but with no skin. I popped that baby in my cart and scurried home to cook some up! I was so excited. And much to my surprise, I found that this version of Lentil Soup was just like Potato Soup! I was stunned and thrilled at the same time!

Why lentils instead of potatoes? The carb count is comparable. The calories are comparable, but a cup of lentils has almost twice as much fiber and protein. So, I ask you, if you could have Potato Soup with a healthy amount of protein and fiber, wouldn’t you be happy? Now you can!

“Fake”Potato Soup
2 cups skinless urad dal, prepared according to package instructions
2 cups broth (I used vegetable broth)
1/2 cup plain fat free yogurt
dash of cumin
1 clove garlic, crushed

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Heat until warm.
3. Serve.

Top with chopped green onions, cheddar cheese or anything you would put on your potato soup.

If you have lentils prepared like I do, then you can whip up this soup in about five minutes in the morning and heat it at work. It’s very filling and if you use fat free yogurt and broth, and are careful about your toppings, you are getting an incredibly tasty, fat free meal!