I am always in the mood for a hearty soup when it's cold outside. I love making a big batch and serving it all week. This Soup Mix Soup fits the bill perfectly because the recipe yields a giant Dutch oven-full and it is filling and healthy. The mix contains simply peas, lentils, rice, and barley - and no chemicals or additives. Full of fiber and nutrition, it's a wonderful base for a big pot of homemade soup. If you can't find this Blue Menu version I'm sure there are many brands available in the dry bean aisle.
There is an easy recipe on the back of the package which I used as a starting point. It says to saute a diced onion in some oil and then add the rinsed mix. I threw in a diced carrot, stick of celery, and a minced bit of garlic along with the onion and I used half the oil. Next, add a cup of the mix, 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water, along with a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes. I did that plus some spices, fresh herbs, dried herbs and a handful of diced, cooked chicken. Let the soup simmer for an hour or so, until the peas are soft.
The smell is incredible and the soup tastes so good. We will dig into this all week for lunch and I'm sure I'll be enjoying a bowl for a snack some afternoons when dinner is going to be late.
The Christmas decorations are almost finished and all the kids are coming home to help pick a tree. My daughter has drawn up a movie watching schedule and the music is playing in the background. I've almost finished my gift buying (the '25 days of Christmas' Advent goody boxes for my hubby have taken up quite a bit of my planning and shopping time) as I like to get the majority of it done before the snow really hits. I've had my flu shot and I'm almost caught up with all my scrapbooking. I just have the journaling and embellishing to do. I'm feeling pretty well prepared and settled and am excited for the holidays to arrive! How about you?????