As promised I would share my recipes from my food coach Dalia Kinsey. This has been an awesome connection for me. Dalia had really been able to help me rethink “quality” eating. I’m sure you’d thought I’d say healthy eating, but it’s more so the quality of what we eat that matters most. Too often healthy eating has a negative connotation and it is my desire to be a part of the movement to bring quality back to eating. As consumers of food we should educate ourselves on what we are putting into our body to ensure a quality, well-lived life.
Below is a recipe given to me by Dalia for Lentil Barley Soup. I cooked the recipe in a crock pot, which makes it easier me. I am not one to stand over a pot or a skillet, that’s just way too much. The recipe called for some ingredients I don’t normally have at home, but combined made a great tasting soup! This recipe calls for spinach, but I opted not to include spinach this time. If you can buy the mirepoix mix in the frozen vegetable section at the grocer you can avoid buying the celery and carrots separately. The veggie mix also has onion and provides a great seasoning for the soup.
This recipe is chunked FULL of protein and FIBER which helps make you full and keep you full longer. You will notice that the recipe doesn’t call for meat and I enjoyed it that way. On a scale of 1-10, The Lentil Barley Soup gets a 9! Good stuff! Enjoy and let me know your thoughts. Be sure to check out Ms. Queenly and Confident’s Food Coach’s (Dalia Kinsey)blog http://eatingbeautiful.com where she shares great tips on quality eating and keeping your eating beautiful!
To optimal health!
Be Queenly, Be Confident,
Lentil Barley Soup
1 cup lentils, rinsed
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 cup hulled or pearled barley
1/2 tsp oregano
6 cups water or vegetable stock
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 onion, chopped
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
1/8-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2-4 cups fresh spinach (optional)
Place all ingredients except salt into a large pot
and simmer. Cover ok, stirring occasionally,
until the lentils and barley are tender, about 1 hour.
Add salt to taste and spinach, if desired.
- Can be done in Crockpot 5-6 hrs
- This recipe would be great meatless but if you would like to add bits of turkey sausage feel free to brown some and pour off the fat before adding it to the crock pot.