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The following are tips on how to get back to basics, eat healthier and save yourself a lot of time and money!

6 minute Meal - Lentil Soup

Sheryl McGlochlin - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
(6 minutes of YOUR time, not cooking time).

1-minute chore: (I do this chore first thing in the morning by 9 am OR before I go to bed at night.

2 c. raw, uncooked black or pinto beans (rinse them off in water using a strainer)
8 c. water

Put in a slow cooker (crock pot)
Plug it in, turn on LOW, put the lid on and cook for approx. 8 hours.

5-minute chore:

Add to the cooked Black beans and juice (don’t take anything out of the hot slow cooker)

Lentil Soup

2 c. uncooked lentils, rinsed
2 c. celery, cut in small pieces
2 tbsp. dry onion flakes
1 tbsp. DASH
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. uncooked pearl barley
2 c. beef stock (optional)

Continue to cook for 2 more hours, then serve!

I made this delicious soup for a bunch of my snowshoeing friends. As we all came off the trail from snowshoeing for a few hours, I pulled my Slow Cooker out of my Jeep, unburied it from the box and newspapers that I had used to insulate it while we were on the mountain. It was still piping hot! About 20 people devoured this soup in just minutes and it didn't take me much time to make it!

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