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Red Lentil Soup

I used to have a similar recipe but could not find it and I had already rinsed the lentils to make soup so I went partially on memory and a bit of improvisation using fresh swiss chard from the garden.  I believe the recipe I was trying to remember called for spinach but there was a bounty of swiss chard just waiting to be used.  So here is my creation of red lentil soup with curry!Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

•    1 tbsp olive oil
•    1 large onion, finely chopped
•    1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
•    2 -3 tsp curry powder
•    1 tsp turmeric
•    6 cups water
•    2 1/2 cups  swiss chard
•    Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in soup pot and saute onion until golden brown.  Add lentils and water; bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to simmer, stir in curry and turmeric and cover.  Gently simmer for 35 minutes.  When lentils become mushy stir in swiss chard.  Allow swiss chard to wilt, season with additional curry if desired, sea salt and black pepper to taste.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Golden Vegetable Flax Crackers

This is my version of the Mediterranean Flax cracker recipe from Preserve It Naturally which I ordered along with my Excalibur dehydrator.  The first time I made these crackers they were a big hit!  I did not have all the ingredients listed so I added my own spices and vegetables.  This latest version was a much tastier cracker.  We ate them right out of the dehydrator!  YUMMY!  A great crunchy snack that is RAW!~

Ingredients:

•   2 cups golden flax seeds (soaked 12-24 hours in 1 qt water)
•   1/2 cups raw black olives – sliced
•   2 green onions – thinly sliced
•   2 cloves garlic – minced
•   1 tbsp fresh basil – thinly sliced
•   1 cup baby spinach – thinly sliced
•   1/2 red bell pepper – finely chopped
•   1 tsp sea salt
•   1/2 tsp turmeric
•   1 tbsp lemon juice
•   2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients to soaked flax seeds and stir well.  Spread mixture about 1/4″ on dehydrator trays lined with a Paraflexx sheet.  At this point you may score the crackers into cracker shapes if so desired.

Dry at 105°F for approximately 4 hours or until no longer sticky.  Turn the tray over, remove the Paraflexx sheet transfer the crackers directly onto the dehydrator trays.  Let the crackers dry another 12 – 16 hours until completely dry.

Enjoy!

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