Lentil Soup | Recipe

This is a warm soup for a cold day. Lentils are full of fiber, iron, and protein. They’re also delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups lentils
  • 2 Stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 Carrots, sliced
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 Cups of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours. If you need your soup in shorter notice an alternate way to cook this is by placing all ingredients into a pot and simmering for 1 hour.

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Sunday Football Chili | Recipe

We’ve past labor day and its unofficially fall – the start of school, the end of white pants, and the start of football! I can’t think of anything that tops off a day full of football better than a bowl of chili. It’s a hearty fall (and winter) meal and this is my favorite. My recipe is based on Rachael Ray’s Veg-Head Three-Bean Chili. This girl loves her crock pot, and I like to use it as much as I can. So in the spirit of slow cooking I’ve modified Rachael’s recipe to fit my tastes. If you prefer a 30 minute meal by all means follow the traditional recipe but if you like to let your chili simmer all day have a go at this!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large onion, chopped
  • 1 Large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 Large jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 4 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 32 oz Can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Large can of dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons hot sauce (more if you like hot or less if you like mild.)

Directions:

Add peppers onions to the crock pot, top with garlic, beans, tomatoes and hot sauce. Give the pot a good stir then add spices and stir again. Cover the with lid and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

I prefer to cook on low all day to let all of the flavors to meld together. Of course, you need toppings – possible toppings: cheddar or spicy monterrey jack cheese, freshly chopped onions, scallions, and chopped tomatoes. I love to pair this chili with homemade corn bread. 🙂

GO STEELERS!!!

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Potato Soup | Recipe

Potato soup is great on a cool fall day. This is a quick recipe to throw together before running out the door in the morning.  If you want to mix things up you can sub add a leek or two for an onion.

  • 6 Potatoes, chopped
  • 3 Onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 Cups of vegetable stock
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste, I like a lot
  • 13 oz. Can of evaporated milk

Directions: Combine all ingredients except condensed milk and cook on Low for 10-12 hours or High for 4 hours. With one hour to go, stir in the condensed milk. I’ve also added  cheddar cheese as a topper.

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Mushroom & Lentil Stew | Recipe

This is a great slow cooker recipe for a rainy day. I combined what I had in my refrigerator to make this recipe. I really like it.

Mushroom & Lentil Stew

  • 3 Portobello caps, chopped
  • 1 Box white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 1 Large Potato, chopped
  • 1 Cup green lentils
  • 1 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 Cups of veggie broth

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Give it a quick stir and cook on low for 10-12 hours or 4-6 on high.

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