As some of you know, I’ve been experiencing some health issues lately that led me to a softer diet–oral surgery is no fun! As it so happens, I’ve also been learning how to cook better since January, prompted by having weekly dinners with my mother.
This means I’ve had a chance to get creative with what I eat and soup has become a staple in my diet.
Last night, in-between solo queue games of League of Legends, I ended up “creating” a lentil soup. I followed this recipe and modified its ingredients as well as adapted it to fit a slow cooker. The end result was extremely tasty, very filling, and pretty healthy considering it’s mostly garlic, onions, chicken, and lentils. You could also probably make it with other types of bases, like quinoa or beans, but I dig lentils so I kept that part the same.
1 tablespoon fresh garlic
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/4 teaspoon of thyme
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (16 oz) package of green lentils
1 large onion
1 can (14-16oz) of stewed tomatoes
2 cans (28oz) of chicken broth
6 cups of water
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
2 stalks of celery chopped
2 bay leaves
1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar
1lb of italian chicken sausage (4 links)**
1lb of chicken spinach & feta sausage (4 links)**
1) Cook lentils for 20-30 minutes on your stove or until softly cooked
1.5) Sear sausages and quarter them if you desire crispy outside casings (not required)
2) Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and put on low for 8-12 hours
That’s it! It was really good and hit the spot plus it made enough leftovers for the next few days.
What I like about my slow cooker is that it lets me actually do other things, like play video games or work or basically anything other than standing in a kitchen bored out of my mind. Cooking always sounded really hard and I had a lot of childhood memories of my mom slaving over a stove so I avoided it for years. But with a slow cooker, I spend about ten to twenty minutes preparing something then I’m essentially done. I can’t suggest it enough if you’re like me and avoided cooking due to laziness before. They’re only $20-30 and they will completely change your life.
** You could use any protein, from pork to steak to chicken. I just chose chicken because it’s healthier and you can’t tell the difference after 8+ hours of cooking.