We were supposed to have dinner company tonight, so I made a new recipe for the requested lentil stew. Unfortunately, they couldnt make it, so I enjoyed my creative stew with PW (yeah, he ate it! A victory in itself!)
Nutrient Packed Lentil Soup
-1.5 cups dried lentils
-1 russet potato
-1 yellow onion
-3 cloves garlic
-1 can each of beef broth and chicken broth
-sun-dried tomato pesto (secret ingredient!)
Takes about 1.5 hours to prepare and cook.
First, chop up your garlic and onion, and saute in a pot with olive oil until translucent. While thats happening, rinse and clean your lentils (looking for rocks, etc). Chop up your potatoes and carrots:
(Look at the color on those carrots!)
This is what you should look like. Thats my work outfit:
(yes, we drink a lot of seltzer water! And sneak peek into the dining room they are working on this weekend!)
To your onion/garlic mixture add your potato, carrots, lentils, chopped up chicken, 3 Tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste, both cans of broth, 4 cups water, and salt/pepper to taste. So basically, throw in everything except the spinach!
Bring to a boil then cover and allow to simmer for about an hour or until it thickens and lentils are soft.
Once you think its done, throw in some spinach. Remember it wilts a lot!
Give it a few minutes, and you are ready to eat! My lentil soup staple topping is parmesan cheese. It gives it a little je ne sais quoi.
While mine was simmering away, I hopped on the bike and banged out an hour while watching a Bad Girls Reunion show (with Perez Hilton). Notice a bike/tv watching pattern? Bravo all the way!
And yes, my husband, who has never eaten a soup in his life (ever) ate this. Maybe it was due to my tweet about holding him down and making him try it, but either way it was consumed:
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am really impressed with this dinner. it is by far the most flavorful lentil dish I have ever made (and there was no wine in the recipe!). I think it is in large part due to the sun-dried tomato pesto!
Do you like lentils?
It is -10 here, any tips on staying warm? Other than turning the heat up above 59 🙂