Split Pea and Lentil Soup


I made this on a Sunday night at about 9pm because I decided I wanted some ready made lunches for the week. My father constantly makes soup like this, and I can totally see why. It’s so easy you can just throw whatever you have in your fridge/pantry into the pot and it turns out delicious every single time. Also it’s one of the most affordable recipes I’ve ever made. A bag of dried lentils is $1.29 which averages to roughly 10 cents per serving! It is so filling and delicious and it’s a great staple to have in your fridge. Not to mention it’s extremely healthy, it’s extremely high in protein and fiber, you really can’t beat that! Also a little side note, I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and came across these adorable frozen basil and garlic cubes, here’s an article about them!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup split peas
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 large carrots, diced *I had some yellow carrots, you’ll notice them in the picture 🙂
  • 3 sticks celery, cut into 1/2 inch slices, with leaves on
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 2 garlic cubes or 2 cloves
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic (*I love Garlic, but you can modify this if you would like less)
  • 3 basil cubes or 3 tsp.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Dash of cayenne pepper if you like heat
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper!)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. cumin

Steps:

  1. Rinse lentils and split peas well then add to boiling water add ALL of the remaining ingredients and let boil for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Cover and set on low, cook for 30-40 minutes or until lentils are tender!

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Turkey Breast


This had the same texture as a moist Thanksgiving turkey. It was so juicy and the flavor was incredible!

Ingredients:

  • 2 green onions- diced
  • 1/cup fresh squeeze orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 lemon zested
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 organic hormone-free turkey breast (mine was 1.3 lbs) photo 1-2

Steps:

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a glass casserole dish and cover. with foil. Marinate for AT LEAST one hour. The longer you marinate the better it will be, I marinated mine for almost 6 hours.
  2. Pop in the oven at 425 degrees for about 35 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
  3. After the turkey is in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, I took it out of the oven and poured out most of the juice/marinade just leaving a tiny bit at the bottom. photo 3-1

* I served with chopped fresh cauliflower and broccoli that I marinated with the same ingredients and popped that in the oven the last 15 minutes of cooking!

Crockpot BBQ Pork Tacos


I kind of cheated on this one because I bought a marinated pork tenderloin and used store bought organic bbq sauce, but it was so good I had to share it. They turned out so tender! I served them with red cabbage slaw…nom nom, hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 marinated BBQ 1lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup organic bbq sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Cheddar cheese is optional (I didn’t use it, but it would be good with it!)

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in the crockpot and set on low. Cook for 6-7 hours (if you’re in a rush you can place it in on high and cook for 3-4 hours)
  2. When the pork is done take two forks and separate to make it into pulled pork.
  3. Serve with the red cabbage slaw on a whole wheat tortilla. I like to pop my tortilla in the oven under high broil for a couple of minutes to heat it up!

    Sorry- not the best photo quality!
    Sorry- not the best photo quality!

Red Cabbage Slaw


I served this with BBQ pork tacos, but it would be great alone as a snacky. Vegan and super delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 red cabbage or a bag of 10 oz bag of shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup e.v.o.o
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions diced (or however many you prefer)
  • 1 can of organic black beans, drained and rinsed

Steps:

1.) Combine all of the ingredients and SHAKE!

2.) The longer you let it sit the better it will be, store in glass! photo 1-1