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#OrganicHolidayHappiness Challenge-Lentil Barley Soup Recipe

Happiness . . .

Happiness . . .

Happiness is . . . when a new recipe turns out to be as delicious as you had imagined it would be . . . #OrganicHolidayHappiness

Cold weather runs crank my appetite into full gear. As if my metabolism weren’t fast enough when I run in the cold weather I become extra hungry. The kind of hungry where if I wait to long to eat I become silent, stone-faced, “hangry” . . .

Definition: HANGRY (according to the Urban Dictionary:

Hangry
February 7, 2011 Urban Word of the Day
When you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both.An amalgum of hungry and angry invented to describe that feeling when you get when you are out at a restaurant and have been waiting over an hour to get the meal that you have ordered.

In order to combat this feeling post winter run I always crave hearty, comfort foods such as lentil soup. Recently I decided it was time to try making my first lentil soup. I was craving the rich taste of the lentils and dreaming of smoky bacon flavor with parmesan cheese on top. I didn’t have a good recipe for lentil soup so I went to Pinterest and searched for lentil soup to find the perfect recipe.  I ended up choosing about four different recipes and mixed and matched the ingredients to come up with the flavor that I was craving. The recipe that I used as my jumping off point was Lentil Barley-Soup from myrecipes.com.

Here is the ingredient list with my changes:

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil  Olive Oil
  • 1 cup sliced leek
  • 3 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup beer (I used Long Trail Harvest Ale)
  • 1 cup chopped organic carrot
  • 1 cup chopped organic celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped organic parsnip
  • 1/4 cup chopped organic celery leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup uncooked Bob’s Red Mill pearl barley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Petitie Green lentils
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Can Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes (to add some acid to tie the flavors together)
  • 5 Slices of VT Smoke and Cure Natural Thick Sliced Bacon (because who doesn’t love bacon!)
For recipe preparation check out the original recipe on myrecipes.com
These photos will feed your soul and hopefully inspire you to try making some lentil and barley soup!
Leeks

Leeks

carrots and celery

carrots and celery

parsnips and bacon

parsnips and bacon

Lentil Barley Soup to Warm Your Soul

Lentil Barley Soup to Warm Your Soul

Have you tried a new recipe lately? What is your favorite comfort food to make to refuel after a winter run?

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9 responses

9 responses

  1. Oooh, leaned a new word that is a good one: “Hangry.” Love it! As for your recipe, why not add an egg? A certain kind of organic egg!

  2. Recipe after my own heart! I LOVE soup and am trying to make one every week this fall/winter. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Making soup is such a good idea! You’ve inspired me to get my crock pot out and make a batch. Perfect for this winter weather! xoxo

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