Friends & Family
One afternoon all the girls were just sitting around the office chit chatting. It was a Friday and we were all exhausted from the week and sooooo ready for the weekend.
Let me back up, I'm getting a head of myself.
One of my very favorite people in this whole entire world is a beautiful lady by the name of Mary Ann. Although I have not known her for very long, I just LOVE being around her. And lucky for me, I get to work with her!
Mary Ann happened to be "one of the girls just sitting around the office chit chatting" that Friday afternoon.
We were gib gabbing about our weekend plans and what we had going on, which wasn't much, when Mary Ann came up with a brilliant idea on how she was going to spend her relaxing Friday evening. Rent a movie and curl up with a big bowl of her Sausage and Lentil soup. I immediately got excited and I think Mary Ann could tell that I wanted to be a copy cat because she immediately wrote down her recipe and slipped it on my desk. She's such a kind soul.
5 o'clock could not come fast enough. I could not wait to get home to pour myself a big glass of wine, hop into my pj's and whip up this delicious soup recipe.
Let me tell you this soup was easy, delicious and absolutely perfect for a Friday evening (or any other day that ends in Y). Unfortunately, we all know that sausage isn't the most figure friendly thing on the planet so I used chicken sausage in my recipe and it tasted divine. That's just a minor alteration to the recipe to make it Skinny Girl style. Really, you could leave out the sausage and make it a seriously Skinny Girl dish. I promise that the soup is still quite tasty without it.
On the other hand, Fridays do make the perfect Cheat Day.
Enjoy friends and Cheers to Mary Ann for sharing this recipe and for just being, well fabulous!
Lysander's Lentil Soup pack
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
28 ounce can Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes
2 lbs Italian Sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- Pick through and wash lentils.
- Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl. Add onion, celery and carrots to the pot; cook until onion is translucent and vegetables begin to soften. Add 4 1/2 cups water to the pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
- Add lentils, Lysander's Lentil Soup seasoning packet, crushed tomatoes and sausage.
- Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.