Anyway, they were out of my favorite salve and the young girl didn't even know what I was talking about but I assured her I had bought it at that store only a few years previously. They did have another by the same manufacturer that I also use so I just got that. It's marvelous on burns. BUT, I did spy a bag containing what they called Harvest Soup. It was a blend of lentils and rice and wild rice and maybe a couple of other beans. I bought it along with a few treats for the rest of the long ride. it was a while before I tried it but I enjoyed it and my family seemed to like it too.
I've been trying to figure out how to recreate the mix and last time I was at Winco, AKA Bin-heaven, I spied a bin with almost the same mixture. It wasn't quite the same but I grabbed some, along with a few extra french lentils and some wild rice mix. I tossed them altogether and voila! I had my mix, although when this mix runs out I will cut down on the rice when I get some more. Way too high on the ratio. The mix has about 4 different kinds of lentils, yellow and green split peas, yellow and green dried peas, 2 kinds of wild rice, barley and regular rice, and a handful of misc. beans thrown in. Like I said the rice is a bit too much and I will just get wild rice next time instead of a rice mix because the lentil part already had some rice in as well.
I put my old chicken carcass in the pot and boiled and picked it clean. So for this time there wasn't really a lot of chicken, you could leave it out (because do you know how freaking awesome lentils are??!!) but do use a broth, either chicken or vegetable. Then I added enough water to fill the pot. For the recipe I will try to estimate the amounts. This is how I remembered to make the soup:
6 c. water
1/2 cup chopped onion1 c. carrots diced
1 c. celery and leaf (finely chopped)1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp salt (According to taste)
1 tsp pepper (According to taste)
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 lb cooked chicken
about 1 1/2 cups lentil/rice mix
Place all in pot and simmer until carrots are tender and peas/lentils are slightly dissolved or whatever it is they do. About an hour. Once again, because that's the way I do it, add or subtract ingredients or amounts as you feel works for you.