Blue Mountains Lentil and Potato – small

$ 4.79

Product Description

To us here at Rill’s Lentils are like your youngest sibling, you know the one, the one who can do no wrong. Well we think lentils pair well with EVERYTHING, especially with potatoes. This soup is bursting with brewers lentils and Washington state potatoes. Subtle tones of italian herbs make this soup a light but filling meal for any day.

You will need:
8 oz. can chopped tomato (optional)
Bacon, sausage, lamb or ham (optional)

Package Includes:
Lentil & potato mix
1 Spice packet

Directions: In 4-quart saucepan add 4 cups water, the complete soup package, one 8 oz. can of chopped tomato and optional meat. Bring to a boil; reduce to simmer for 1 hour or until lentils are soft. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Crockpot Directions: Add water, the entire soup mix and precooked meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours (minimum) to 8 hours (maximum). Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours (minimum) to 5 (maximum). Enjoy!

Cooking Variations: Replace 2 Cups water with 8-oz. vegetable broth. For a creamier soup add one 8-oz. can evaporated milk and reduce water by two cups. Add Kielbasa, ground turkey or beef if desired.
Vegetarian: Prepare without meat. Use 8-oz. vegetable broth and reduce water by two cups. If desired add meat substitute.

Legume Hints & Nutrition:
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans or legumes per week for the maximum health benefit. Legumes are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Tidbits of History
The Blue Mountains, given this name because of the blue haze that surrounds them, is predominately in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington and is known for its rugged, tough terrain.

In 1836 the Whitman’s came west to establish a Protestant mission among the Cayuse Indians near present day Walla Walla. Their guide, John McLeod, a fur trader for the Hudson Bay Company, selected the most direct route possible, suitable only for horse and foot traffic. The Whitman’s discovered the beauty and hardships of these mountains. An excerpt from Narcissa’s diary for August 29, 1836 contained this entry.

“I frequently met old acquaintances, in the trees and flowers, and was not a little delighted. Indeed I do not know as I was ever so much affected with any scenery in my life… But this scene was of short duration… before noon we began to descend one of the most terrible mountains for steepness and length I have yet seen. It was like winding stairs in its descent and in some places almost perpendicular… we had no sooner gained the foot of this mountain, when another more steep and dreadful was before us.”

The most frequently used trail over the Blue Mountains became known as the Old Oregon Trail. This trail did not follow the same route as the Whitman’s journey, which was obviously too steep and difficult for wagons. In 1843 Marcus Whitman led the first emigrant’s wagon train of 1,000 people from Fort Hall (near present day Pocatello, Idaho) to the Whitman mission.

Even More Tidbits of History
Some of the earliest archeological dating goes back 13,000 years to caves discovered in Greece. They have been an important staple over the centuries and were mentioned in the bible in Genesis 25:30-34. In this story Esau gave up his birth right for a bowl of lentils.


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