Blue Mountain's Lentil and Potato

To us here at Rill’s Lentils are like your youngest sibling, you know the one, the one who can do no wrong. 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.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz. can chopped tomato
  • Bacon, sausage, lamb or ham (optional)

Package Includes:

  • Lentil & potato mix
  • 1 Spice packet

Directions:

Stovetop Directions
1. Look through lentils for pebbles or other field debris.
2. In 2 quart saucepan combine 4 cups water, the lentils, the spice packet, tomatoes and meat.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 1 hour or until lentils are soft.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve

Crockpot Directions:
Add 4 C. water, the entire soup mix and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 5 hours. Add tomato before serving, Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 20 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy! 


Cooking Variations:

Creamy: Reduce water by 3/4 cups, just before serving add 1 cups half and half or milk.
Switch up the meat: Use spicy, kielbasa, ground turkey, cut up steak, lamb or leave it out altogether.
Mix up the tomatoes: Use italian stewed tomatoes.
Vegetable Overload: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done add 1-2 C. summer squash, okra, carrots or mushrooms
Add more back bone: Reduce water by 1 cups, add 8-oz. low sodium broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable).

Vegetarian: Prepare without meat. 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.

You will need:

  • 15 oz. can chopped tomato
  • Bacon, sausage, lamb or ham (optional)

Package Includes:

  • Lentil & potato mix
  • 1 Spice packet

Directions:

Stovetop Directions
1. Look through lentils for pebbles or other field debris.
2. In 4 quart saucepan combine 8 cups water, the lentils, the spice packet, tomatoes and meat.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 1 hour or until lentils are soft.
4. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve

Crockpot Directions:
Add 8 C. water, the entire soup mix and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Cook on high for 3 1/2 to 5 hours. Add tomato before serving, Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 20 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy! 


Cooking Variations:

Creamy: Reduce water by 1 1/2 cups, just before serving add 2 cups half and half or milk.
Switch up the meat: Use spicy, kielbasa, ground turkey, cut up steak, lamb or leave it out altogether.
Mix up the tomatoes: Use italian stewed tomatoes.

Vegetable Overload: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done add 1-2 C. summer squash, okra, carrots or mushrooms
Add more back bone: Reduce water by 2 cups, add 15-oz. low sodium broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable).

Vegetarian: Prepare without meat. 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.

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

In 1836 the Whitmans 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 Whitmans discovered the beauty and hardships of these mountains. An excerpt from Narcissa’s diary for August 29, 1836, contained this entry.

“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 Whitmans journey, which was 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.

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