When you’re feeling like warm and veggie, see what a little PDX Mix can do with the flavor profile of plain ol’ lentils. It’s a family favorite which works well on nights when we’re short of time.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup lentils
- 1 can (14 ½ oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- ½ cup Portland Bloody Mary Mix
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried thyme
Heat oil in a medium to large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, salt and pepper, and sauté until the veggies are tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, juice and all. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Mix in the lentils, broth, and Portland Bloody Mary Mix. Add the thyme, stir everything well, and bring to a boil over high heat until the lentils are almost tender, which should be about 30 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls all by itself, or on top of brown rice. Serves 2-4 depending on how hungry you are.