This week I’m trying out some light meal planning, particularly for lunch. I never quite know what to eat and too often I end up buying fast food. My fast food lunches aren’t that expensive, usually about $3.75, but I know I can eat healthier and cheaper when I make food myself.
So for the next few days I’m going to try and have homemade soup and salad for lunch and see how that goes. Maybe a sandwich sometimes if I need some extra food.
Early this afternoon I made a pot of lentil vegetable soup in my slow cooker. I’ve never made soup before using the crockpot so it was a bit of an experiment. I just tried it and it’s pretty good! Basically you just put all the ingredients in and set it to cook for 7-8 hours, it’s very easy. Here is the recipe 🙂
Slow cooker lentil soup
- 8 ounces brown lentils (1/2 of a one pound bag), rinsed
- 5 cups water or chicken broth
- 3 chicken bouillon cubes (omit if using broth)
- Tomato paste, 2 heaping tablespoons
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme, optional
Add everything into the slow cooker and set on low. Cook for 7-8 hours.
I stirred the soup around hour 5 just to mix everything together, but this isn’t necessary.