Several years ago I wanted to boost up my cooking skills so I set a goal to add one new favorite dinner recipe per month. I was pretty good about sticking to it and after one year I ended up with 10 awesome recipes. I still use most of these on a regular basis.
There are a few guidelines. Easy. Healthy. Delicious.
One of my favorite winter meals is lentil soup with warm bread and an arugula salad. I always buy canned soup but when I saw this recipe for mushroom and lentil soup in Everyday magazine I decided to make my own.
Easy. Yes. Very few ingredients but I had to make a few substitutions. I could not find red lentils so I substituted green. I also had no fresh thyme so I used dry.
Healthy. Yes. I love finding new meals that are vegetable based.
Delicious. No. The lentils did not get soft enough even after 1 hour of cooking (the recipe said 25 minutes). I bet this would have been better if I let it simmer all day. Instead of trying it again I think I'll do some keep my eyes out for another recipe.
It is such a bummer when you make a mess in the kitchen and have nothing to show for it. They can't all be winners though.
Do you have any good soup recipes to share?