Vegan Leek and Lentil Soup


  • 2 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large leeks (white part plus 1/3 of the green, diced)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried green lentils (picked over)
  • ¼ cup barley
  • 7 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) tomatoes, chopped not using because they aren’t on my anti-inflammatory diet
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. fine chopped herbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Sauté leeks, onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes in large stock pot.
  2. Wash and drain lentils. Add lentils, barley and vegetable stock to soup pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45m-1 hr or until lentils and barley are cooked.
  3. Add carrots, celery, tomatoes, bay leaf, herbs, salt and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes more or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add parsley and simmer another 5 minutes. Add parsley and simmer another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings

Another angel called home…

Today, I am turning my blog pink and adding bows for Maddie… 
Madison Staats
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 
Brought into our lives
♥ 10/14/2010 ♥
Called home to God’s loving embrace
♥ 2/17/2011 ♥

On Thursday, February 17, 2011 the mommy board I am on got an amazing shock. Beautiful Little Maddie who was brought into our loving community while her mother was still trying to conceive her was called to heaven for reasons unknown. It has been a trying week for the Staats family, but they are only asking one thing of their friends and family…
Maddie loved big bows and flowers. She was wearing one in nearly every picture of her her momma ever took. I’m sure she will be wearing one today as well as she is laid to rest, and her mommy asked us to do the same. If you have a little girl in your life, or a willing little boy, or even if you can get your own hands on one, please wear a bow for Maddie today. 
We are:

There was an event started on Facebook to share our bows, please join us in honoring Maddie.
Maddie’s beautiful, love filled life story can be found at the blog her mom, Kellie started as a beautiful newlywed :