Sometimes its just nice to get everything done early in the day so you can go out and play in the garden without having to back in the house to check on things all the time.
That is where my slow cooker comes in…
Yesterday I made a batch of red lentil/cabbage soup that we love. I put it on about noon and it was perfectly ready for dinner! I spent the whole afternoon in the garden hauling gravel and spreading straw…
10 Cups of broth…I used homemade veggie broth but any good strong broth will do
1 large onion (I always use sweet onions)
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 bunch celery chopped
5 (or so) large carrots chopped
1 Cup Chopped Cabbage
3 Cups red lentils
Saute onion,garlic celery,carrots, and cabbage in olive oil for about 5 minutes
Put veggies into slow cooker with broth and red lentils, stir.
Cover and cook until done (this will depend on your slow cooker mine was 3 hrs) but your lentils should be soft
We usually serve this with baked rice…most of the time over the top of baked rice!
*You can vary your vegetable varieties as well as amounts of veggies…very flexible recipe
*The rule of thumb for Red Lentils is 1 Cup lentils for every 3 1/2 cups Liquid
*A few cumin seeds are great in this
*Any other green works too…we have used collard, chard, and spinach with good results