FOOD

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Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

 

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I know, I know…  Lentils aren’t everybody’s favorite.  I turned my nose up to these little legumes for years.  And Matt?  He was a hard pass.  But then we started this healthy eating journey…  Trying to incorporate as many whole foods (grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and animal products) as possible.  You know what that means?  It’s time for this girl to get creative.  So I took to the internet, and more importantly, to Pinterest.

I didn’t want to go hardcore Whole 30 since Matt spends the majority of his time on set.  He’s on set 90% of his time, so I can’t prepare every single meal for him.  Plus, following a strict diet when you’re at the mercy of other people feeding you (catering or restaurants) can be difficult and frustrating.  That’s why I decided not to actually “diet” per say, but start eating cleaner.  But let’s be real…  Eating clean is pretty much a diet.

I started out with a delicious barley pilaf recipe (posted in this Facebook post) and my hubby LOVED it…  Naturally, I decided to try something new the very next day and created this yummy lentil soup.  I didn’t find one particular recipe online that I loved so I decided to take it upon myself to experiment in the kitchen.  This turned out seriously better than I anticipated.  It’s “healthy” meets “comfort food” and what’s not to love about that?  This is a great fall meal and I’ll definitely be making it again soon.


Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of dry lentils (rinsed)
  • 3 Medium carrots (I used approx. 10 baby carrots) diced
  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 Bay leaves (dry)
  • 2 Celery stalks (sliced)
  • 8 Cups of low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 Medium onion (or 1 Tbsp. onion powder)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (1/4 -1/2 tsp. depending on how much you prefer)
  • 2 Tsp. salt
  • 2 Tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 Cup tomato paste
  • Shredded parmesan cheese (optional topping)

Instructions

Rinse lentils under cold water.  Add all ingredients to crockpot except sweet potatoes.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Add diced sweet potatoes last 2 or 3 hours of cooking.  Check halfway through and see if additional broth or water needs added as lentils absorb so much fluid.  Top with additional salt and pepper to taste and shredded cheese before serving.

 

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe

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I love to cook.  Creating a delicious meal that my husband enjoys is one of my favorite things to do.  There’s something about Fall that makes me enjoy cooking even more.  I think the cooler temps and gloomy days have everything to do with it.  I love walking through the door and a yummy smell greeting you at the door that just makes your mouth water.  Crockpot meals, soups and casseroles are my go to recipes for fall.  As we speak, I actually have pot roast in my crock pot slow cooking to perfection.  If you haven’t tried this pot roast, be sure to put it on your menu soon.  It’s so, SO good!  Matt actually requested it for dinner tonight.

We’re big time fans of leftovers here at the Lanter house.  I always plan larger meals to allow for plenty of leftovers.  I feel like certain dishes are just better on day two, after they have a chance for the flavor to really set in.  This potato soup is definitely one of those dishes.  Day one soup is good, don’t get me wrong.  But day two?  Holy smokes, it’s GOOD!

My mom made potato soup when I was growing up and her dad used to make it for her.  It’s definitely one of those meals that can only be described as comfort food.  This thick, rich soup is so good with homemade biscuits on a chilly evening in front of the fire.

I searched Pinterest for the perfect recipe the other day, but didn’t allow myself enough time to make this soup in the crockpot.  I personally think it would be better in the crockpot because it will slow cook all that flavor in.  I was in a hurry and made it on the stovetop.  I loosely followed this recipe, but added ingredients and changed things here and there to get it just the way I wanted it.  I landed on this particular recipe because most every other recipe I read required the potatoes to be cooked before making the soup. Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I was in a hurry, so this one was the way to go for me!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe


Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large uncooked russet potatoes, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • bacon grease (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 5 bacon pieces, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 package cream cheese

Instructions

  1.  In soup pan, warm olive oil over medium heat.  Add in onion powder and garlic powder, stir until mixed in with oil.
  2. Add in flour and combine with oil mixture, careful not to scorch.
  3. Mix in milk and chicken broth.  Stir constantly and allow to bring to low boil (turn up heat if needed, careful not to scorch milk).
  4. Meanwhile, cook bacon and set aside.
  5. Add in diced potatoes, thyme, 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease (optional), cream cheese, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook over medium flame for 20-25 minutes, stirring regularly.
  7. Stir in cheddar cheese after soup is cooked through.  Serve with crumbled bacon and additional shredded cheese on top.

*If cooking in crock pot, I would suggest adding all ingredients in (less crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese) on low for 6-8 hours.  Add cheddar in during last 1-2 hours of slow cooking.

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Sunday Six

I haven’t posted a weekly round-up “Saturday Six” style post in too long.  I love these types of posts because they’re just a fun hodge podge of the things I’ve been loving lately or what’s been going on in my life.  I’m picking back up with a special Sunday edition.

As you all know, we have moved up to Vancouver for Matt’s new show, “Timeless” to film.  We were only in Vancouver for less than one week before flying down to San Diego for Comic Con.  I traveled up to LA and have been here for the past week.  Matt came home to LA yesterday and all feels right in my world to have him home.  He’s here for press events over the next several days.  I’ll be staying here in LA for some work I have scheduled and then I’ll head up to Vancouver next week to be with him.

I feel like I’m so all over the place right now with part of my belongings already up in Canada and everything else down here at home.  Being in this weird limbo is downright stressful.  I appreciate all of your comments on my recent post with suggestions on how to relax.  Your suggestions were so needed!

#1:  I wanted to have a good, home cooked meal for Matt last night since we were on the road for the past month and he’s been alone in Vancouver the past week.  For dinner, I made my favorite pot roast recipe and it never disappoints.  If you love crockpot recipes as much as I do, this one is a keeper.  The roast is so tender after slow cooking it all day and the flavor explodes in your mouth with every.single.bite.  I love pairing this dish with fresh baked bread.  Click here for the full recipe.  It’s super easy, so anyone can make it!

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#2:  If you remember my “Glimpse Inside Our Home” post, then you know that my guest bedroom is my current home project I’m working on.  I found Merrisson on Etsy and immediately fell in love with their gorgeous knit blankets.  I haven’t changed out my furniture yet, but I wanted to share this stunning blanket with you.  This blanket is so amazing for the upcoming fall and winter season.  It’s incredibly warm and the quality is outstanding.  Everyone who sees this blanket in person goes crazy over it, it’s that gorgeous.  I HIGHLY suggest these blankets.  Check out their Etsy Shop here.  I asked for a Queen size in “Off-White” just for reference.

#3:  I picked up this lace high neck bra from Urban Outfitters the other day and I love it.  It’s currently on sale for $20 and comes in 5 different colors.  I bought a size Small in black.  I know what you’re thinking, what the heck do I wear that with?!  Well, you can wear it alone as a super cute crop top (see this photo as an example).  Also, you could wear it under a super low cut top (example here) or under a wrap top (example here).  It would also be adorable under a sheer or see-through mock neck or turtleneck shirt.

#4:  I’ve been an Oreo freak my whole life.  When I bought a package of double stuffed Oreos in Vancouver, I never thought twice about what I was getting.  They are totally different in Canada.  I’ve had multiple Canadian followers snap me and say I’m wrong.  I’m not wrong.  Matt & I can both attest that the cream is different.  It’s very different.  And I’m not happy about it.

#5:  I’m a big fan of Barefoot Dreams products.  My bathrobe and travel shawl are both Barefoot Dreams and they’re softer than any other brand that I’ve ever encountered.  I ordered this cozy throw in cream from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it’s incredible.  This is the perfect throw to wrap up on the couch with while you binge watch Netflix.  My dog is obsessed with it.  It’s totally different than my Merrisson blanket (#2) in that it’s not a blanket you have out on display.  This throw is purely for comfort’s sake.

#6:  I’m currently at the end of Season 6 of Gilmore Girls and  I don’t want it to end!  But, I happened to catch an episode of “Born This Way” on tv a week or two ago, and now I’m obsessed.  This show is not your typical junk reality show that you feel guilty about watching…  Or get embarrassed to admit that you watch.  It’s positive, it’s real and it’s heartwarming.  It takes you into the daily lives of 7 young adults with Down Syndrome who live in LA.  Matt And I are about 5 episodes into Season 1.  So far, Rachel is my favorite cast member.  She’s got the sweetest heart I’ve ever seen.

So that’s my Sunday 6 for this week.  I hope to start this series back up because it’s just a fun post for me to do.  Leave a comment with things that you’ve been loving lately.  I’ve just about finished my current book and am looking for a new summer read.  If you have any book suggestions, please leave the title and author info in the comments below.  xo

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