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Homemade Chicken Stock

Today I’m sharing more of a technique than a recipe. I am a huge fan of homemade stock. You can control every single ingredient which is especially important if you have any kind of food allergy or special diet requirements. You can make this stock gluten free, low sodium, low fat, sub the chicken for an array of mushrooms for a vegan stock… the possibilities are endless. The technique is the same.

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Creamy Vegan Lentil Soup

I did not intend for this soup to be vegan. That was just a happy coincidence. I’ve had a bag of red lentils just sitting in my pantry for a while now…maybe 6 months? I bought them on an ooh-this-week-I’m-going-to-eat-super-super-healthy kind of a whim. Sadly, they ended up pushed behind a box of whole wheat fusilli… until this week. I also had a bag of carrots to either eat or pitch that day. (I hate throwing away food!) And so, this delicious, creamy soup was created out of pantry items. Oh, and its super quick and easy. Yay for accidental vegan meals!