Lentil Soup + Mama Tip #4

Do you love breakfast goods like we do? Do you love real maple syrup but can’t always bring yourself to splurge (it’s a splurge in this house anyhow)? Do you really dislike the flavor of store-bought “syrup?” Good news, there is an alternative. Mama Tip: Make your own!

No, it’s not as good as for real, from the tree, tastes-like-nature-had-a-sugar-baby-in-your-mouth maple syrup, but is sure is better than caramel colored corn syrup. And it’s easy!

In a small saucepan combine 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a rolling boil and then reduce to a simmer. Let your sugar simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tsp maple flavoring. That’s it! It’s thick and super-sweet, but good, good, good. Put it on top of those apple-y pancakes and you’re in heaven.

So now you know what we had for dinner tonight. Last night we had another husband fav and a pretty stinkin’ cheap dinner too.

Lentil Soup

  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I had a red one, but usually use yellow)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lb bulk sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups dry lentils
  • 6-9 cups water or broth

One dish wonder–cook your sausage in a large stock pot until browned. Remove and set aside. Add all remaining ingredients to the pot. Cover the soup with 6 or more cups water–the more water the more broth you’ll have. We like less broth, but probably added close to 7 cups water in all. Season with lots of salt and a dash of ground red pepper.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Check water level periodically to make sure there’s at least enough to cover the soup. Add sausage back to the pot and heat an additional 3 minutes or until sausage is heated through.

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2 Responses to Lentil Soup + Mama Tip #4

  1. Tara Beth says:

    Yum!!!! We had pancakes this morning- toped with costco triple berries boiled with water and a bit of sugar…. I refuse to buy fake maple syrup 🙂 nutella is another great topping 🙂

  2. acloserpeek says:

    Mmmm, that sounds good, TB. We often put simple fruit syrups on our breakfast too.

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