I hope you are not sick of hearing about this, but I just want to add a little more about my experience trying something new - something I never in my life thought I would like. Perhaps it has something to do with the way I cooked and seasoned them, but they will be a part of my diet from now on.
First of all, I didn't cook them until they got all mashed into a paste. You can still see the individual lentil in the soup, and I can tell you it is as good the next day as it was yesterday!
I started with a couple of tbsp of "Better than Bullion" paste. It is is organic, reduced sodium, roasted chicken base, and I stirred it into the pan of water. I added some chopped onion and celery, along with a can of Muir's Glen organic cubed tomatoes. I added the lentils when I had brought the liquid to a boil, and only boiled them for about 20 minutes, before they turned mushy but were thoroughly cooked. I threw in a few shakes of pepper, and maybe a tsp of cumin. If I did anything else I can no longer remember it! (oh yes, I did dice a chicken breast and added it to the pot.) Delicious.
The high winds we experienced a few days ago certainly left a mess of dust & dirt, leaves, and other debris. Fortunately for us, there wasn't damage to speak of in our area, although I don't have TV so I might not be aware of it. It seems like the winds are picking up again today so it's not worth raking leaves or cleaning the driveway/carport.
Stay safe, wherever you are.
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