Lentil Soup

This Lentil Soup is cooked slowly in the slow cooker with fennel, carrots onions, and celery–a delicious weeknight meal.

Lentil Soup

I’d say the member of our family who’s happiest with our recent move is Haggis, our Cairn Terrier. Looking back, he was getting a little bored at our old home, even though he had the Haggis Highway to run. He was getting … well, rusty, lazy, taking a lot of naps. Fast forward to now, where he gets several walks a day, he goes fly-fishing at night, and he’ll be going on many hikes this summer. Bike rides? We are not quite sure about, unless we find a basket big enough for him.

And, by the way, we’re investing in kayaks, and we purchased one new, and keep looking for the second on Craigslist.

Lentil Soup

Everyone in our family brought bikes over, so I picked one up used at a store in downtown Bend. It’s really the only way to buy “stuff.” Which is a word that I hate to use, but it’s true. We got rid of so much stuff when we came, and then we still got rid of stuff when we got over here. We’re continuing to thin our belongings and only keep what matters the most to us.

Haggis Barley McStitch

Lentil Soup

Yesterday morning, on a 45-minute walk that I’ve been both running and walking, down by the river, a bike rider came by and said, “Hi, Toto.”

Cute. Haggis is a “Toto” and, we think, the cutest dog on earth.

Lentil Soup

Look who’s also very popular when he goes to Home Depot!

This week we had the first day of summer! The air was so warm over here in Central Oregon, and when I got up in the morning and read from my devotional, I read this over and over again …

I fling glorious senses across the sky, day after day after day. I speak in the faces and voices of loved ones. I caress you with a gentle breeze that refreshes and delights you. I speak softly in the depths of your spirit, where I take up residence. – Sarah Young

These words melted my heart, on this beautiful summer morning.

You know the rest of the story.

Change is good. It’s not always easy. But you put one foot in front of the next …

That is what we did a few months ago and here we are in Central Oregon!

Lentil Soup

Every day we’ve been eating some type of soup in the slow cooker, especially with our kitchen and appliances array.

Oh, and I thought it would fun to send you back to RE 1 year ago (watermelon salsa), and 2 years ago (baked turkey meatballs), and 3 years ago (gluten-free brownies). Fun!

Lentil Soup

This time lentils, fennel, and some good spice!

One of our favorite soups, no matter what the season.

PS. My new kitchen appliances arrived yesterday! I can’t wait to show you the updates soon!

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cup dried green lentils
  • 1 large fennel bulb, sliced (or 2 small)
  • 3 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh dill, cilantro, or thyme
  • Five spice (to taste) or your favorite spices

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 (optional) and fresh herbs. Add more salt and pepper to taste or five spice (or your favorite spices).
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4 comments on “Lentil Soup”

  1. This soup sounds delicious and I plan to make it soon.  Thank you !  Lovely little doggie.

  2. I’ve never thought to add a fennel bulb to my soup! Can’t wait to try your recipe. What brand of shoes are you wearing in your photo? They are adorable.

  3. That quote was beautiful!!! And the soup looks yummy! I LOVE my crockpot, I just have to remember to use it more often. :) Sounds like you’re settling in nicely.

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