Posts tagged lentils

See in the Dark Soup

1tbsp sunflower oil
1 onion – sliced
2 cups sliced carrots
½ cup red lentils
5 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp coriander – ground
3 tbsp fresh parsley – chopped

1. place lentils in cool water and allow to soak
2. sauté onions in oil until soft, add sliced carrots and continue cooking for ~4-5mins
3. drain and rinse lentils in cool water, discarding any floating casings
4. add lentils, broth, coriander, salt and pepper to onion/carrot mixture
5. simmer on low for ~30mins, or until lentils are fully cooked
6. add fresh parsley, simmer for another 5 mins
7. blend and serve with toast, crackers or nothing 🙂

** adapted from Veggie Kids: healthy, tasty dishes children will lvoe – page 24

Here is what WE did…

1 tbsp safflower oil
1 onion chopped
1 cup carrots
1 cup celery (we subbed this in since we didn’t have any more carrots and I wasn’t in a store run type of mood)
½ cup green lentils
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp ground coriander
Salt and pepper

1. soaked lentils in cool water
2. sautéed onion in oil until soft, add carrots and celery continue sautéing for ~4 mins
3. drain and rinse lentils in cool water, discarding any floating casings
4. add broth, coriander, lentils, salt and pepper to carrot/onion mixture
5. simmer for ~30 mins
6. blend and serve

We didn’t venture too far off the path this time.  🙂


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Spinach & Lentil Tortellini Soup

½ cup dry lentils
2 cups coarsely shredded carrots (I vigorously chopped one cup with my Pampered Chef chopper, and then just cut the remaining cup into slices with varying thickness)
1 large onion (this I chopped up with the PC chopper)
4 oz chopped ham (Canadian bacon is what we used – this was a challenge to find and we only found it in 5 oz packs)
2 cloves garlic (we used 4 – 2 were small and we like garlic)
2 tsp dried basil
1 ½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp pepper
5 cups red. sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
9 oz froz. Tortellini
4 cups torn up fresh spinach

1. rinse/drain lentils – pour in 4qt crock pot
2. add carrots
3. add onion
4. add ham
5. add MINCED garlic
6. add spices
7. add broth/water over all and cook on low for (6.5 hours or low for 3.25 hours the book says – we did 6 hours)
8. in the last 30 mins add the tortellini
9. RIGHT before you serve stir in the spinach

*adapted from BHG: Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes – page 49

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