The Good, the Bad, and the Spicy

The Good:

Food pushers planned an ice cream social at the office yesterday, and I did not eat any ice cream.  Not even a cone, y’all – this is serious.  Given my overall lack of willpower and my infatuation with sweets, this is good.  Really good.

I’m not the only one who fought the urge to partake.  I’m not sure why companies don’t just offer fruit socials or tea time instead.  Many health insurance providers give discounts for employees’ healthy actions, so why is our insurer cool with this?  It just sounds hypocritical to me.

The Bad:

I am skipping today’s workout.  I hit the gym kind of hard yesterday morning, and my body was dragging the rest of the day.  I’ve been in a slump all week, so I think rest is more important.  I only hope I’m not getting sick.  I have started to hear coughs and sniffles in the office.  Yipes!

The Spicy:

Here’s a makeshift version of the recipe I promised yesterday.  I was inspired by the Whole Foods recipe I saw on Brittany’s blog.  It’s not hot n’ spicy; it just contains a lot of spice.  You could easily spice it up if you wanted though.

pot o' soup

I’d love to provide the nutritional information for this, but my numbers are very different from Whole Foods.  This is partially because I used different lentils and changed things a wee bit, but I’m still surprised at the size of the variance.

Indian Spiced Lentil Soup

soup

My pepper thinks it's a star, and my lentils look like fish food.

Ingredients

  •  8 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS garam masala
  • 1-2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups orange lentils (Next Time I’d Use Green Lentils)
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (More If You Like it Hot)
  • 3 handfulls of kale leaves, torn into bite-size chunks
  • 2 tsp cumin (I Didn’t Add This But Might Next Time)
  • 1-2 carrots, chopped (I Didn’t Add This But Might Next Time)
spicy!

Directions

  1. Prep all your ingredients (washing, chopping, rinsing the lentils)
  2. Put everything in your slow cooker except for the kale.  Give it a stir.
  3. Here’s the hard part… turn the slow cooker to “low.”
  4. Let the slow cooker do the work for about 8 hours.
  5. Add the kale in the last hour of cooking.  It’s firm, but that’s better than mushy.

***I was running low on time and cooked mine for 3 hours on high.  I added kale for one additional half-hour.  This was okay, but I wish it had cooked a bit longer.

Why is this adapted recipe awesome?

If you don’t mind eating the same thing all week, this is a great lunch.  Although I ate it without sides, I think naan would pair well with the meal.

In addition, according to the American Cancer Society, turmeric might be able to slow the growth of some cancers, help lower “bad” cholesterol, serve as an anti-inflammatory, and more.  Gotta love spices!

Have colds started circulating in your area yet?  Do you love your slow cooker as much as I do?

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26 Responses to “The Good, the Bad, and the Spicy”

  1. Oh no!! Hope you’re not getting sick my friend! I hate it when everyone around you has a bug, it’s like impending doom haha
    Love the recipe too, I really need to invest in a slow cooker…

  2. Hope you’re not getting sick. You know I’m all about riding out the rest. Sounds like you need it. 🙂

    I’m making a lentil soup for dinner tonight but our crockpot broke and I haven’t replaced it yet. Must do that SOON! Its going to be a pain having to make soup the non crock pot way.

  3. I hope you aren’t getting sick! That’s really smart of you to take a rest day. I’ve had sinus congestion for the past several days and it’s no fun! I don’t have a slow cooker…I should really work on that!

  4. Aw I hope you’re not getting sick!! There ate lots of kids/teachers sick at my school, so I’m chugging the vitamin C and washing my hands after every class in hopes that I don’t catch it!

    The lentil soup looks delicious! I love lentils and Indian spices – looks perfect! 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever used the slow cooker that my mom has. I really should though! 🙂

    ❤ ❤

  5. Oh hope you’re not really getting sick. Maybe just some allergies??? Soup should help though right? And this sounds fantastic. I love using turmeric and garam masala – such warm comforting smells.

  6. Ice cream social? Yowza! Congrats on by-passing that caloric minefield. I do think that conscious indulgenges are pretty healthy, though. (As long as you’re not ‘consciously indulging’ at every meal and snack) :-).

    I hope that you’re not getting sick! The soup looks delicious, but I can’t do spicy. I could definitely try to neutralize it for wimps like me, though!

  7. That looks lovely! I made a non-slow-cooked lentil dahl last night…with sweet potatoes and okra. I think I was channeling my homesickness for the South or something. 🙂

  8. Love homemade soups!! Perfect for Fall/Winter weather. I’ve noticed alot more people with the sniffles lately. My daughter one of them =(
    Naan would b perfect with this soup!! Love the slow cooker too!

  9. I totally agree with you on the company sponsored “food” events. My company has a health plan that covers preventative medicine (physicals, flu shots, etc.) 100% yet potlucks consist of crap food! Now, does that make any sense?

  10. Spicy? Yum. Lentils? Yum. Indian food? Yum. Sounds like a winning recipe to me.

    No colds around here yet! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  11. I love eating the same thing all week! Makes meals so easy, haha. I love Indian-spiced dishes, and I love slow cooking, so yeah, definitely want to give this a try.

  12. Oh my- I love this twist on the regular lentil chili!! I love Indian flavors and can’t wait to try this 🙂

  13. Thus recipe sounds great!! I love that I have pretty much all of it at home already!

    • I love it when that happens! I have all the stuff to make a dessert recipe right now, but I’m still deciding on if I want to allow so many delicious treats in my kitchen!

  14. I hate getting sick – sending you some healthy mojo your way! I never have used a slow cooker before….i have one and never put i to use…. hmm… On my must try list for October – thanks for inspiring me

    xoxo from Trinidad

  15. I’ve skipped two workouts (and maybe today’s) for the same reason. I think it’s cold season. One has to be coming on … I have no energy.

    Hope you get some rest and feel better soon … it’s almost the weekend after all!

    And that lentil soup? I’m drooling. Looks so good and sounds spicy … love!

  16. Ooohhh spicy! I love it!

    I have a true relationship with my slow cooker. We don’t get to see each other often, but when we do, it’s magical… lol

  17. I have a cold right now, darn it! It’s knocked me down all week and I’m SO over it. I hope you aren’t getting one! I don’t have a slow cooker, but I’m seeing so many great recipes lately that use them that I’m thinking about getting one.

  18. I hope you aren’t getting sick 😦 everyone around me is.. it’s making me nervous! And I most certainly love my slow cooker(s)… that soup sounds great! I always love new soup recipes!

  19. I’ll pray that you don’t get sick! I ran myself into the ground while I was in NYC and now I’ve been dragging all week…it’s not fun at all!

  20. Mmmm that stew looks delicious!! I love slow cooked lentils!

  21. mmm, i just love the sounds of this soup! and don’t feel bad about not working out ~ i’ve been missing from the gym for a couple of weeks now!! 😉 😉
    xo ~ ks

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