Happy Valentine’s Day…and an awesome new soup!

Happy Valentine’s Day! What? You totally spaced it? Well, you better get your butt out there and buy a little something for your sweetie! Yes, I often think it is just an overrated excuse of a holiday to spend a lot of money and line the pocketbooks of greeting card, jewelry, and chocolate companies, but it is a good opportunity to remind your loved one of how much you care and appreciate him/her (unless you are really good at doing that every single day anyway!)
Just remember, you don’t need to go crazy and spend a lot of money. I know I’m not the only one who truly appreciates the simplicity of just getting a card or handwritten love note. It is waaay better than totally forgetting or not even attempting some sort of “goodie” or effort. Ask my husband-I actually tend to get quite upset if he spends too much on me or buys expensive flowers that will just die in two days. But a card with his handwritten sentiment means the world!
If you are short of ideas, and don’t want to fight the crowds at a restaurant, just offer to make your sweetie dinner tonight. The perfect winter evening soup! Very colorful, healthy, and hearty! You might not even want to serve bread with it (save the processed carbs for some kind of yummy dessert!) I actually created this recipe myself the other night–I tend to look at a recipe for inspiration and then just start adding things of my own. This time it took on a life of its own and was a score! So I decided to type the recipe and share with you (and I took pictures like a real foodie!) Haha! If you don’t have the ingredients, or are already planning a Valentine’s dinner out this evening, save this recipe so you can try soon. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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Buff Grandma’s Turkey sausage lentil soup

  • 1 pound turkey sausage
  •  2 large links chicken sausage, coarsely chopped – any flavor (I often buy these at the store when they’re on sale and keep on hand in the freezer to add to recipes to create a bit more flavor. They are good chopped up in an omelette as well!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  •  6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 1 tsp both salt and pepper, then season to taste
  • 1 Tbl oregano or basil
  • 1 large parsnip or 2 large carrots, peeled, then chopped  (I’m allergic to carrots, so I like to try other things to bring that texture. Now wondering if I’m allergic to parsnips as well🤔)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, then chopped into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped

In a large pot, brown sausage on medium/high heat, crumbling as you cook. When sausage is almost done, add in the garlic and onion and allow to cook thoroughly. Add the rest of the ingredients, combine, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Simmer for about 1 hour or until lentils are tender.


Happy Valentine’s Day…and an awesome soup night to you!
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