Lentil Soup with Zucchini

This soup smells delicious and is filled with fresh vegetables, pasta, quinoa, and lentils. I love to make a big batch of this and enjoy it all week.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

8 cups water

3 carrots

3 celery stalks

1/4 onion

1 cup green cabbage

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup lentils

1 cup egg noodles

1 zucchini

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 chicken or vegetable based bullion cube

Preparation:

Wash all produce and dice the celery, carrot, zucchini, cabbage, and onion.

In a large stockpot add in the cut vegetables, salt, water, quinoa, lentils, and heat up to a boil.

Add in the bouillon cube and stir a few minutes. Turn down the heat to low and let soup simmer 30 minutes.

Add in the pasta and cook for 15 minutes until the lentils are soft and the pasta is cooked.

Take off heat and enjoy.

Hearty Stew with Green Beans, Navy Beans, Olives, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

This is a great family meal and all done in one pot. Stewed tomatoes make the base of this hearty meal with green beans, navy beans, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives.

Serve as is with some good bread, over rice, grains, or pasta.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

1 can (15 ounce) navy beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15 ounce) french cut green beans, drained

2 cans (15 ounce) diced or roasted tomatoes

1/2 cup Merlot or red wine (optional)

1 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp. capers

2 tbsp. kalamata olives, pitted

Preparation:

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In a medium-sized stew pot, add the wine, tomatoes, navy beans, and green beans.  Cover the pot and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and capers. Cover and cook and additional 10 minutes and enjoy.

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