Food From Home

Cooking at home for fun, health and frugality!

Lemon Lentil Soup

Lemon lentil soup is something everyone in my house will eat happily. If you have a picky eater you probably know how great that is. I got this recipe originally out of an old Taste of Home magazine I swiped from my mom years ago. I used to read her magazines when we would visit for a weekend once a month or so. The original recipe is on the Taste of Home site now.
Making this soup was my first time cooking and eating parsnip. You can leave it out but it adds a nice flavor. I have made a few small adaptations. I use onion instead of leeks because that is what I always have on hand. I dump in a can of diced tomato instead of tomato puree. I omit the lemon peel.
This recipe makes lots of leftovers for my family which freeze and reheat well. I’d say it is at least 6-8 servings. It is cheap, meatless, low calorie and filling. Very easy even if you are a beginner cook.

Lemon Lentil Soup
1 c chopped onion
2 T cooking oil (I use peanut oil)
15 oz can diced tomato
1 c chopped celery
1 c chopped carrot
1/4 c chopped, peeled parsnip
2 T dried basil
8 c water
1 1/2 c dried lentils, rinsed
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry dill weed
1/2 tsp black pepper
2-3 T lemon juice

In a large saucepan, sauté onions in oil until tender over medium high heat. Add next five ingredients. Cook 3-4 minutes.
Add water & bring to a boil. Add lentils & bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium/medium low and simmer covered for 30 minutes.
Stir in salt, dill weed, and pepper. Simmer 30 more minutes or until lentils are tender. Discard bay leaves. Stir in lemon juice.


Meal Plan- End of Feb- End of March

March is a busy month for us with a short trip to a cabin during Spring Break, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Amethesto’s birthday. These are the dinners I plan to have from the end of February to the end of March.

  1. Grilled cheese sandwiches, cream of tomato soup
  2. Tandoori style Chicken, vegetables, naan
  3. Chicken Parmesan Casserole, salad
  4. Eggs in Hell, bread, banana pudding
  5. Turkey shepherd’s pie
  6. Chicken curry
  7. General Tso’s chicken, rice, vegetables
  8. Lemon Lentil Soup, bread
  9. Cheesy Broccoli Rice casserole
  10. Greek potatoes, salad with feta cheese, tomato and olives
  11. Tortellini, broccoli
  12. Ground Beef stir fry
  13. Baked chicken thighs, baked potato, corn
  14. Club sandwich, sweet potato
  15. Oyakodon
  16. Chicken cordon bleu casserole
  17. Chicken and spinach taquitos
  18. Sesame chicken, vegetables
  19. Ravioli, salad
  20. Mujaddara
  21. Slow cooker chicken Caeser sandwiches, salad
  22. Fassolatha
  23. Chicken yakisoba
  24. Pizza
  25. corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, pistachio pudding cookies
  26. Parmesan Mushroom Orzo
  27. 7 layer dip/nachos
  28. Potato soup, bread
  29. Pizza casserole
  30. Pork Carnitas, vegetables
  31. Mediterranean chicken skillet
  32. Chicken adobo, rice, peppers
  33. Batsaria, eggs
  34. Reuben sandwiches
  35. Ham, mac & cheese, salad, deviled eggs, strawberry rolls
  36. grilled cheese sandwich, chips, salad
  37. Sheet Pan Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice
  38. Spaghetti with meatballs, bread sticks, apple pie
  39. Chicken fried rice, egg rolls
  40. Pan roasted pork chops, baked beans, lime jello salad
  41. Chicken Planks, tator tots, salad
  42. Pigs in a blanket, pasta salad, fruit

Check the blog throughout the month for recipes and details.

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Reviving this blog!

It’s been about 6 years since my last post here. Terrible blogger. Still cooking and meal planning though.

Hagbard was working full time as well as being a full time student but is done with school now. I’m still packing his lunches for work though. Little Lulu is almost 16 years old and wants to be called Amethesto in the blog now. She is still homeschooled and eating most meals at home. We moved toward eating less beef and more chicken or meatless dishes. We eat out very rarely. I’ve lost about 25 lbs in the last year just watching calories using My Fitness Pal but not doing a special diet otherwise.

I plan a month’s worth of dinners at a time now and will start posting them. I don’t usually plan lunches or breakfast because I don’t cook breakfast and lunch very often. We eat leftovers or easy to grab things like sandwiches, yogurt, or cereal.

We’ll see how long I can keep this going.

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