Ugh, I have no idea what we're doing for dinner tonight... I haven't defrosted any meat product. Maybe I'll ask husband to pick up a small package of beef so we can do beef pies - I've got a package of puff pastry in the fridge and a bottle of red wine that we'll never be able to drink before it goes south. I feel as though we're going to have to start buying boxed wine... since I've been pregnant and now breastfeeding I feel like I waste more wine than I drink, since I only have a glass every few days. And there's only so many days in a row I want to eat something that's cooked in it. I hate to waste it. :-(
Chicky2, here's the lentil soup recipe. I completely forgot about it yesterday.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped [I only used 4]
2 teaspoons dried sage (or 2 fresh leaves, minced)
1 14-15 ounce can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups brown lentils
6 cups vegetable broth [I used chicken stock]
In a pan on the stove, saute the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and sage in the oil for a few minutes until the garlic and onion are fragrant.
Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for a few minutes to evaportate some of the juice.
Transfer to a slow cooker and stir in lentils and broth.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.
I also happened to have a few cups of diced ham leftover, so I added that too. It was unbelievably good! If you make it, let me know how you like it. I'm fanatical about this stuff! I still can't believe my husband hates lentils after having this soup...