Slow cooker lentil soup

soup2This 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.

Tonight’s Dinner Recipe: Lentil soup

One of my favorite and frugal recipes is lentil soup! It’s delicious and filled with healthy, nourishing vegetables and easy to make. I made up a big pot full tonight for dinner that will last for a few days. It’s nice to have a few meals already made.

Recipe: Lentil Soup

Serves 6-8

  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large russet potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 4 bouillon cubes, vegetable or chicken flavored
  • 8 cups water

Using a cutting board, carefully prepare all the vegetables and add them to a large stockpot (I use a 6 quart stockpot). Then add the rinsed lentils.

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Next add the water, olive oil and bouillon cubes

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Bring to a boil and let simmer for an hour, or until the lentils are tender. Don’t mind the time on the clock 🙂 I didn’t start cooking the soup until about 6:45, I simply prepared it early 🙂

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