Mushroom Lentil Soup

I have been in such a food funk lately.  It’s been hard to decide what to put on my meal planner, nothing sounds good, blah blah blah.  I figured soup was an easy fix to my problem.  My next obstacle was to decide what kind of soup to throw together, mushrooms nearly always sound good, I wanted protein, not in the form of beans because I was having Greek chickpea salad for lunch this week, so lentils it is.  I like a hearty soup, or at least that’s generally how my soups turn out whether I like it or not.  My husband makes fun of that fact, yet he never complains.  I was feeling creative this evening so here’s my version of a super simple, food funk vegetarian soup.

Makes about 4 servings.

1 small onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced carrots…oh wait, my husband had the carrots in his lunch so my soup is missing it…bummer
1 cup sliced celery
3 cups chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup rinsed brown lentils
2 Tbl sherry
4 cups veggie broth
Salt/pepper to taste
1 bay leaf

Here we go!  Heat the EVOO over medium heat and sauté your onion and garlic for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the celery and (ahem) carrots, pretend mine are in there.  Sauté another 2 minutes, add the mushrooms, salt and pepper, stir well and simmer about 2 minutes.  Add the lentils, veggie broth, bay leaf and sherry.  Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for about 45 minutes until the lentils are tender.
In the meantime, take your dog for a walk, chase your kids around the house, clean up the dishes if you’re responsible.  In no time your soup will be ready and then you need to determine if it’s necessary to crack a bottle of wine, Oktoberfest or porter 😉  Voila!  Super easy weeknight soup.

As usual I like to give optional add-ins because one size does not fit all.
1/2 cup barley would add some nice texture and flavor, I was actually going to add this but I was good on my carb macros for the week.
1/2 cup diced potatoes would also be a nice addition.

If you try it and add anything, let me know how it goes!



Becky’s Vegetarian Chili

Happy fall everyone!  It’s that time of year to enjoy the changing of the seasons and crock pot recipes!  I was looking forward to a cooler week so that I could break out the crock pot and make some chili, this week was it!  So, I share with you my very own chili recipe that I have tailored over the years to make it perfect (obviously this is my opinion).  I had a busy week coming up, so a crock pot recipe was just the thing I needed.  Throw everything together and BOOM, you have a meal ready a few hours later that will reheat well.

Becky’s Vegetarian Chili
This recipe serves approximately 3-4, I use a 1 cup measuring cup (using about 1 1/4 cup)and place the leftovers into containers so I can heat and go as the week goes on.  Works great!  If you are cooking for a family, just double up the recipe 🙂

1/2 pkg Smart Ground
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can seasoned diced tomatoes (I like the green chile version)
1/2 finely chopped sweet onion
1/2 chopped red or yellow bell pepper
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
2-3 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup sweet corn
1-2 minced chipotle peppers (depending on how spicy you like it)
~3 tsp chili powder
~1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
~1 tsp ground cumin
~ 3 tsp adobo sauce (from the chipotle pepper jar)
~1 tsp oregano
~1/2-3/4 cup water
Sea salt to taste

That’s it!  Add all of your ingredients into the crock pot, set it on high for an hour, then low for about 3.  The veggies retain a slight crisp to them which I like, not a big fan of mushy veggies.  If you can, stir every now and then to heat thoroughly.

Now let’s talk toppings, because nearly everything is better with toppings, right?  I used 2 Tbl of Mexican crumbling cheese, I have also used cottage cheese in the past.  Most people make the “eeww” face but don’t be judgy until you try it, it’s remarkably yummy and adds a boost of protein!


So, off I went with my delicious, protein packed vegetarian chili, a glass of red wine and enjoyed a little fall ambiance.  I hope you do the same!