Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

This Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup is a pure comfort dish–delicious, nutritious, an easy crock pot meal for weeknight cooking.

Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

Most people let their moments slip through their fingers, half-lived. They avoid the present by worrying about the future, or long for a better time and place. They forget that they are creatures who are subject to the limitations of time and space. They forget their Creator, who walks with them only in the present. — Sarah Young

Wow. Every moment that we have is alive, and full of so much potential, if we only would embrace it. Our lives matter, today.

Which is partly why my husband and I decided to sell out house and move to Bend, Oregon. Yes, we are heading to Central Oregon and we are very excited. We’re actually buying a fixer-upper home, and I’ll be sharing quite a bit here on RE about the updates! Let me just say, it’s not your normal type of home, it has some unique features about it.

I’m scared to death, to leave my little community of wonderful people and so much support, but I’m also up for the adventure of new things. My husband and I have prayed for over a year about this move, then BAM! Everything fell into place.

The risk.

Back to living in the present moment. That thought reminds me of a lunch date with a new friend in my life, this past week. In an hour’s time, we walked through her life’s happenings, and of course she asked me about mine. We talked about faith, passions, goals, dreams, risks, and even hurts. Yes, it’s difficult to ask the hard questions about the things that make us sad in life, but if you saw the movie Inside Out, one of our family favorite movies, remember there is no joy without sadness, or sadness without joy.

The certainty of today is that we have people in our lives to connect with, but we have to make the time.

And we have places to go, if we’re willing to take the risk.

And we have things to get done, if we focus and take the steps it takes to get to that dream.

That dream

Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

In the meantime, I made this delicious slow cooker soup, and once again shared it with my 2 friends, who stop by my house on the way to work. It’s fun to share lunch with a friend, even if I can’t be there with them when they enjoy it. Ha! (In my new little community, I’ll have to find people to share soup with!)

Farro and lentils combined … Mm-m-m- … so healthy!

What is that dream that you have, that you feel you need the extra encouragement to make happen? I’d love to hear.

Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup farro
  • 3/4 cup dried green lentils
  • 1 large fennel bulb, sliced (or 2 small)
  • 3 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (Rotisserie is easy!)
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
  • Five spice (to taste) – optional
  • Lemon slices (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients (through the pepper).
  2. Cover and cook on high heat for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or on low heat 6 to 7 hours.
  3. Stir in the chicken and parsley. Add more salt and pepper to taste or five spice (or your favorite spices).
  4. Serve with fresh lemon slices.
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Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup - easy crock pot meal with fresh grains and vegetables

10 comments on “Chicken Lentil-Farro Soup”

  1. so excited for you guys I have to admit I’ve been dying to know where you guys are moving. What is drawing you to Bend? 
    You are always so great and about reaching out to others and finding creative ways to do that!!! 

  2. this looks sooo good and with some rainy weather in our forecast, maybe something I should try! 

    I’m excited to see your adventure and fixer upper unfold…

    I think a dream we toss around is owning our own business of some sort.

  3. Will miss you in the valley but blessings on this big new adventure. 

  4. Best wishes on your adventure.  I read your blog daily….very inspiring, one of my favorites.  So I’m wondering what made you decide to move to a new area?  Do you gave family and/or friends there?  Just curious….looking forward to hearing all about it in your posts.  

  5. So happy and excited for you and Paul, it’s amazing how things fall into place at the right time. I can’t wait to see what you do with the new house, and I can’t wait to visit!!

  6. This looks so delicious! What would the recommended cooking time be if cooked in a dutch oven on the stove top?

  7. love this so much. it’s so true! i’m even more aware now that i have max. i can’t wait to see the adventure you guys have! xoxoxo

  8. How exciting! I love following your adventures and look forward to seeing how you make Bend your home. Best wishes with the move and the home renovations! xoxo

  9. Sandy, what is that interesting bread-ish slice in the bottom photograph?

    • Jackie, those are really thin crackers that I found in the deli section of grocery store. Can’t remember the name – I’ll email you if I find it again.

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