Thursday, January 26, 2006

Lentil, Rice, and Sausage Soup from Leftovers and More Phase One Success Stories.

This recipe is one of my "Second Helpings" where I show how you can make a second dish from a recipe I've previously featured on Kalyn's Kitchen. I started with the Lentil, Rice, and Sausage Casserole that I featured as part of a Weekend Herb Blogging post on lentils. It was tasty, and I froze the leftovers. Recently it was kind of a dreary day in Salt Lake and I was going out shopping, so I used my Crockpot to turn the casserole into a delicious soup. I ate it topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a great dinner when I returned home.

Lentils, Rice, and Sausage Soup from Lentil, Rice and Sausage Casserole
(Makes 4-5 generous servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

2-3 cups leftover Lentil, Rice, and Sausage Casserole
4 cups chicken stock (or 4 cups water with 2 T chicken soup base)
1 can diced tomatoes with juice (I recommend Muir Glen canned tomatoes if you can find them)
1 T dried basil
1 tsp. ground fennel (optional but good)
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 bay leaves

Put all ingredients in crock pot and heat on low setting 4-6 hours or on high setting 2-3 hours. This could also be cooked on a low simmer on top of the stove for about one hour. Do not overcook or the rice will get mushy. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired.

South Beach Suggestions:
Lentils and the Uncle Ben's Converted Rice in this recipe are both considered "good" carbs for phase two or three of The South Beach Diet.

More Phase One Success Stories
I've been asking people to let me know if they have had success with the South Beach Diet, and yesterday I got this comment from Rene:
On my second week of Phase 1, mainly because I started reading this "food" blog a while ago :-) and figured what the heck, maybe this South Beach thing will work. I've lost about 8 pounds, my boyfriend has lost around 10. I can't tell you how much your blog has helped, with yummy recipes, fun reading and cool products (I started using Dreamfields pasta last year even before the diet because of reading your blog). We've been eating your version of the breakfast muffins (thanks for the two wrapper suggestion) from day one.
The South Beach Diet has been so life-changing for me personally that it's wonderful to hear from others who have had a similar experience. Rene, you are so welcome! Although I consider Kalyn's Kitchen mainly a food blog, not a diet blog, I love knowing I have helped someone else find a healthy way of eating that helps them lose weight.

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  1. Thank you, Kalyn! How fun. I'll be sure and link you.

  2. That soup looks yummy. I like lentils, but the rest of the family is a little lentil-wary. Pairing things that they don't particularly like with something like sausage is usually a good way to get them to review it more favorably. :) I'll have to give this one a try.

  3. Hi Kalyn! I added your soup to my Tuesday Twice is Nice.

    Thanks again!


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