This My Friends …
My Chicken Curry Lentil Soup
is One of my personal favorite meals
My lovely Friend Nancy at The Goat and the Kid
is having a fun new blog hop about family food!!
So without further ado … stick around to see what I am cookin…
and then click over and see what other mom’s are cooking at Nancy’s blog!
I don’t really follow a recipe
and I forgot to take pictures of all the steps
what can I say…
I made this on the day my friend Susan and I cooked like crazy women
We chopped, boiled, stirred, sauteed, cooked, and baked ~
cinnamon rolls, chili, the curry soup and twice baked potatoes in one afternoon ! =)
anyway… not that I am encouraging excuses
just sayin that is mine! =)
So bare with me as I try to put this in recipe form!
Buy a small (not tiny) bag of yellow lentils.
and rinse them. ok.
Place said lentils in a giant pot with 6 cups? of liquid
boil according to package
I use 1/2 Chicken Stock and half water
while lentils are cooking 30-45 minutes according to the package
Pull out the rest of your ingredients ~ as seen here
Stop here and chop 1/2 a red pepper and about 3 peeled carrots
Chop one or two shallots ~ I love these milder onions
Then peel about a 1/2 inch or so of fresh ginger
Cooking with fresh things like ginger still intimidates me…
but I suck it up buttercup and just do it! =)
Then peel a few cloves of garlic
Put the ginger and garlic in a cool garlic/ginger smoosher thing
and smoosh it in the said cool garlic smoosher thing
I have this cool garlic grater plate ~ which I LOVE ~
It is Super Easy to use ~ not very messy ~ EASY to clean and purees garlic
which is beautiful ladies ~ just beautiful when you are cooking some things! =)
but I did not have my garlic plate with me
and My cooking buddy Susan had recently bought this wonderful garlic tool
and I NEED one of these now too…
I was not strong enough to turn it with ginger in it =) BUT I still LOVE it…
sometimes you need smooshed garlic and sometimes you need pureed garlic right? =)
ok ~ moving on
You will need to come back to this scene
After said veggies are chopped
and herbs are pulled ~ I just found this lemon thyme recently
it added a lovely flavor ~ but I have also used just fresh thyme
and After all your spices are out Yellow Curry, Cumin and oregano
start opening those cans and stirring them into the lentils now
I only used the light coconut milk and the corn
I left the tomatoes out ~ oh and the barley which I recently found irritate my digestion!
lovely ~ anyway ~ it makes the recipe gluten free I think w/out the barley. =)
and it was delish without them… =) so leave those out!
sorry they are even in the picture ~ I changed my mind mid cooking!
Meanwhile saute said chopped veggies in olive oil
no picture of that either
then put those veggies and herbs now into the lentil pot
which should be hanging out on low right now.
Now Saute the chopped chicken breast
with a little garlic, onion and herbs… lots of herbs … the fresh thyme and oregano!
If you are crazy and multi-task like me
Turn the pot back up to med/high to reboil
continue to stir while doing this as you don’t want it to burn stick to the bottom of the pot!
Then Puree the lentils, liquids, sauteed veggies and corn.
I love love my nifty handy dandy hand blender
but after using Susan’s with a stainless steal one …
I think it is time for an upgrade! =)
After you have been married almost 12 years
some of your kitchen “tools” get a little rusty or just old
They start falling apart… slowly we are loosing kitchen tools one by one! =)
Though a few items are going to be hard to part with..
like the pots and pans my mom gave me for my wedding…
my memories with my mom are more important than the stuff she gave me
but still… it is bitter sweet getting rid of stuff your mom gave you …
after you loose said parent. just sayin… its hard.
I will embrace the new … it is just “stuff”… =)
add the yummy sauteed chicken after you puree the soup
I like a “little bit” of chunk in this soup
but I personally don’t like the veggies chunky in this one.
You might like the carrots and corn chunky…
it is a personal choice.
right. right. good then. the only chunk I like in this soup is chicken.
Which brings me to KIDS. Most kids would enjoy this soup!
My little boy actually likes it. BUT … My daughter who is EXTREMELY picky
“its a texture thing mostly”
well.. she won’t eat it. one out of two ain’t bad. right.
Go make this soup and Enjoy it all by itself ~ or over rice ~ or little red potatoes!!
I like the potatoes chopped kinda small and baked… if I choose to eat it with potato.
it is yummy all by itself with bread on the side !! =)
Go On ~ Off you Go ~
Shop, chop, cook, puree, saute and Eat!!
I think I am going to pull some out of the freezer and eat it tonight…
or maybe I will wait until the weekend while I am kid and hubby free????
hm… curious… huh! =)
Oh ~ should I try and write this in real recipe format for y’all ??
Jenn’s Chicken Curry Lentil Soup
1 small package of yellow lentils
6 or so cups liquid ~ at least 3 cups chicken stock
1 can light coconut milk
1 can corn ( I know can? ~ it adds sweet corn flavor!)
1/2 red pepper
1 or 2 shallot onions
3 medium/large carrots
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2-3 or 3-4 garlic cloves (dep. on kids) =)
Fresh thyme and oregano if you have it (otherwise dry will do)
4 chicken breasts ~ chopped & sauteed
1 tbsp curry
1 tbsp cumin
1 small handful oregano
1 small handful thyme
Rinse lentils and cook as directed. Keep lentils in juices after ~ do not ever drain.
Chop and saute all veggies, garlic, ginger with 1/2 the fresh herbs. Put in pot.
Put coconut milk, cumin, curry and corn into pot.
Saute chicken with a little garlic, ginger and 1/2 fresh herbs.
Set chicken aside. Turn up lentil soup boil for a minute or two stirring constantly.
Turn off soup and puree with a lovely handblender. Add chicken. Stir. Serve and Enjoy!
wow ~ that was easy ~ but less funny don’t ya think? ha ha!
If you cook and enjoy this recipe ~ please let people know you got it here !!
It is my original recipe ~ Thank you! =)