l o v e l y t h i n g s


soup as a healthy afternoon snack

My daughter could eat this everyday after school for a snack...I'm working on Patrick.
A red and yellow pepper, seeds removed and cut into medium dice, carrots, zucchini and summer squash, cut the same size as the peppers, white and light green part of two leeks and one yellow onion, diced.
One shallot and 2 to 3 cloves garlic, small dice.  2 to 3 cans of cannellini beans and garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed.
Saute the onions, leeks, shallots and garlic until soft and then add the rest of the vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper and add the chili powder and red pepper flakes, (if using).  After about 7 minutes add 4 cups of vegetable stock and the lentils and simmer for about 30 to 40 minutes.  Then add  the beans and cook for a few more minutes until everything is tender. 
When we started making this soup the sun was shining...the clouds rolled in..it .started to rain and now it's looking like the perfect night for soup.  It makes a lot so there will be plenty left for after school snacks.


  1. Looks so good! Especially on a cold day. The colors are so vibrant, I could lick the screen!

  2. This looks sooo delicious and colorful!

  3. Looks really yummy and healthy too. It's soup weather here and I have joined the soup club at work...
    this might be one to share with my co workers!

  4. It looks really yummy - I could need that right now! :-)

  5. snack? are you kidding? i could live on this 24/7. i'll eat patricks share. this looks so warm, comforting and delicious all in one bowl. yum.

  6. This is my favorite kind of soup, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has so many healthy beans in it, and yet it looks light and colorful. Your prep photos are gorgeous.

  7. This looks delicious!! How much do you use of each of the following?

    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - Chili powder
    - Red pepper flakes
    - Green lentils

    Also, did you top the soup with cheddar cheese?



  8. Annie, this looks amazing. I may make up a batch of this for the weekend as it would be such a comforting and healthy lunch for the family, especially after all that Thanksgiving fare.

    It's been cold and rainy up here and I am ready for spring :) I realize that I am not a cold weather runner.

  9. I am so hungry right now...and this looks amazing. I don't know if I could get my girls to eat this after school - but it will be perfect one night for dinner.
    I love the layout, and the way you took the pictures for this post.

  10. I'll definitely be making this delicious vegetable soup!

  11. This comment has been removed by the author.

  12. Looks delicious and is a different version to my standby vegetable soup. Looking forward to making it
    Helen xx

  13. I so enjoyed my visit to your part of the world. Thank you for sharing your glimpses of all manner of beauty and wonders of life......

    That soup looks amazing... something my hubby could really sink his teeth into.

  14. Wow Annie, your soup making is incredibly beautiful in its prep state! Thank you for such a treat today,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  15. It looks delicious and I'm sure it tasted delicious too. I'm so impressed with your beautiful food images and styling Annie, you are amazing xo

  16. That looks delish! I have got to try this, thanks for sharing!

  17. What a lovely soup, Annie. It is perfect for our damp and chilly weekend. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  18. I would be patting myself on the back if I could get my kids to eat all of those wonderful vegetables and legumes in one sitting!

  19. Have to tell you we tried this recipe... it was a hit around here! Wow!