I have never done a blogging challenge before. This is not an official challenge however. I decided in January that I would set aside each month of the year to do something I have never done before. January was to travel somewhere new in the winter. January was the month we picked up Jovi in Thayne Wyoming. February I spent the month fixing the SEO on this blog. Unfortunately I am still working on that. March I spent every day reading actual books and not the internet! I read the Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir” of Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots (hey I didn’t say I was a fast reader). April we traveled to a new state, New Mexico. May I worked on monetizing the blog with items we believe in, use and love. I created our dog gear page for recommendations for products that we use. June is the month that I decided I would post every day. Although I decided I would not post about travel every day, but one of my other loves, cooking and baking with beer. So for the next 30 days I will be posting a new beer inspired recipe.
So here it goes it is June 1st and this is our first of thirty beer inspired recipes.
When people move they often purge their homes of things they no longer need. These things often find their way to the trash, thrift stores or to Boomer’s house. In my early 20’s I had so many friends move that I did not have to buy light bulbs well into my 30’s. Light bulbs are one of the many items that are not allowed to be packed in many professional moving trucks.
I recently had a friend move again. This time instead of light bulbs she gave me a gallon size bag of dried lentils. I thought it was a strange thing to not take with her as they are not perishable but it was free food, so who am I to turn it down? The only thing about lentils was that I had never cooked with them before. So I hopped on the net and found a beer inspired recipe that included lentils. This recipe is inspired by Betty Crocker Hearty Lentil Soup.
I have made this recipe several times because it is super easy and fairly inexpensive. You will need the following ingredients:
2 cups chicken broth
12 oz can of beer
½ cup lentils
½ cup carrot chopped
½ cup celery stock chopped
¼ cup white onion chopped
1 fully cooked sausage sliced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil or dried basil if fresh is not available
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 small dried bay leaf
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Your first step will be to combine in a 2 quart sauce pan the broth, beer and lentils. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce, covering the pan and simmer for 20 minutes.
While you wait for the lentils to cook chop up the veggies and sausage and add to the pan along with the spices and cook for an additional 20 minutes. You will want to stir occasionally during the last 20 minutes.
Your final step is to pull the bay leaf, ladle the soup into a bowl and sprinkle with some cheese.
And there you go! A delightful tasty meal made in under an hour.