Indian-Spiced Lentil and Broccoli Soup

Yellow Lentil and Spinach Slow Cooker Soup from Soup Chick

Tonight’s Pinterest-inspired dish was Yellow Lentil and Spinach Slow Cooker Soup, but my soup was not nearly as pretty as the picture. I had to use brown lentils instead of yellow, so my soup was brown, and I used broccoli instead of spinach. I also cooked mine on the stovetop instead of in the slow cooker, and added some chili. Hence, Indian-spiced lentil and Broccoli Soup. Hop over to her blog if you want the slow cooker instructions.

I still have kale I could have used in place of the spinach, but not only did the broccoli need to be used, I think my husband is getting tired of me throwing kale into absolutely everything! If you like Indian Dhal you will like this soup.

I made some half-whole-wheat flatbreads to go with the soup, and I’ll post the recipe below; they were so easy! ALMOST as good as restaurant Naan, but not quite. Still working on finding the best Naan method! I you have one, please share it in the comments!

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First Gazpacho of the Season! And Guacamole

1st Gazpacho of the Season! Gazpacho at our house is kind of a big deal. I only make it when it’s over 75 degrees outside, so when we lived in Germany the past few years it was not as common an occurrence as I expect it will be here in Georgia! This picture of my husband and our upstairs neighbors in Germany was taken about a month before my daughter was born, on the first “summer” day of the year, almost exactly two years ago!

Gazpacho is a raw meal so it’s perfect for hot days. I like to top it with chunks of avocado and a drizzle of nice olive oil, and eat it with a nice soft loaf of bread for dipping. Avocados were on sale at Aldi this week so I’m giving you my recipe for guacamole as well!

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Kale and Asparagus Soup

Kale and Asparagus Soup, Vegan

Here in Middle Georgia the Farmer’s Market has been open all winter selling dark leafy greens, root veggies, the last of the honey from the summer, and local meat and eggs. We are so lucky to have such a great resource! I admit I hadn’t been in a few months, but the weather is warming up fast and I wanted to see how my favorite farmer was doing.

This week I got two LARGE bunches of kale, 6 sweet potatoes, a Vidallia onion, 2 cucumbers, and 4 tomatoes, all organic, for $15. I asked him how he grows cucumbers and tomatoes in the winter, and he said he has a greenhouse “tent” that goes over the field! Amazing what you can do with a mild winter. I’m hoping to grow Winter veggies this year in our garden as well.

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