Monday, October 26, 2009

soup tonight!

i really wish i could get the picture uploaded for all of you to see, but for some reason i can't send the picture from my phone to my email. so everyone needs to use their imagination as i paint you a very beautiful soup picture....

i did not make this soup, instead if was my dinner last night.
also- when i was told the title of this soup, and what was going in it, i thought "disgusting" and i was trying to figure out how i was going to best disguise my disgust and navigate around the bowl to give the impression of eating.
without actually eating.
but believe it or not (well believe it, because it's true) i took a spoonful and....
i cannot believe i haven't had this soup before. it is so easy, and unbelievably tasty. i haven't done the nutritional information on it, but this must be low in calories and fat and high in fiber- which means an amazing find for anyone on weight watchers.
are you ready? i mean, you really have to be ready for this.

pumpkin lentil soup.
ok, those of you who just gagged in your mouth, come back to your computer and read the recipe- which might make you gag a little more, but trust me, this is amazing.

you will need:
an open mind
and a crock pot.

**you can chop up 1 large onion and saute it in butter and then add it to the soup with the rest of the ingredients- but that is disgusting, well at least- i think onions are disgusting.

ok, onion discretion aside, here we go:
1 large can pumpkin
5-8 (really more like 8) low sodium chicken broth cans
1 c. lentils
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/8 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 -1 jar La Victoria Salsa
**that's how mine was made, you can also you 1 jar of Green Chile Salsa if you'd prefer
salt to taste.

Put all of that into a crock pot and give it a stir.
Cook on low for 5-6 hours (turning to hot if you get towards the end of 5 hours and it's not quite ready)
oh, it's ready when it's hot.
serve with:
bacon bits (yup)
and homemade croutons (2 ways: take french bread and cube it, cook it in a pan with butter, salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic; or turn your oven to broil, slice up a baguette sliver style and lay on a baking sheet- broil until toasted- don't burn.)
drop the bacon bits and croutons into your bowl, add the soup, little salt and pepper and enjoy.

really- you will enjoy this.
**this was made in a big crock pot- if you have a smaller one, i'd reduce the ingredients by 1/3.

let me know if you make this and what you think....

and now to make you hungry, you will soon be reading posts about:
frozen peppermint cookie bites
oh yeah
and the best pumpkin cookies i have yet (Ashley W. this is a different recipe).
also, i made pancakes last week, and after remembering how yummy and quick they are, have decided to find 7 new pancake recipes and share them with you.
tonight i am making Spiced Apple Pancakes, served with Potato and Apple Pancakes.
pictures, recipes, and feedback to come....

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