This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is a perfect example of how I create homemade meals with a toddler without spending the entire day in the kitchen.Ellyn Satter says in Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family (affiliate) that you become a family the moment you start taking feeding yourself seriously. Meals needn’t be lavish, and we sit down together for meals as often as we’re in the same place. If the meal is “just” leftovers, sandwiches, chips, take-out, etc., we enjoy it just the same. Nothing wrong with an easy win! Our ultimate goal is to eat good food that tastes good together as a family. This Instant Pot Lentil Soup is an excellent example.
By creating a prep work rotation I’m able to create meals with relative ease and no large commitments of time. Many folks find batch cooking and meal prepping useful. However, with a few exceptions, such as pancakes & waffles, we often would end up with a bunch of food we didn’t want to eat anymore. By simply prepping ingredients, rather than meals, the options remain all but limitless.
Ultimately, I structure my prep through the day in manageable chunks. I dice carrots and onions in the evening before bed while saving the scraps for stock in the morning. The celery we didn’t snack on nearly as much as we had planned on goes into the vegetable stock bag. I cook off a pound of lentils at a time for easy use throughout the week. It makes it extremely easy to cook once I’m ready to put a meal together. Thanks to this prep work, the Instant Pot Lentil Soup I made for lunch today was nearly effortless!
Instant Pot Lentil Soup
Two cups of diced carrots
One and a half cups of cooked potato
One cup chopped celery
2 cups of lentils, cooked
3 cups vegetable stock
salt & pepper, to taste
Sauteed mushrooms & onion, to garnish
Throw it all in the Instant Pot on 0 minutes high manual pressure, close the lid, double check the valve, and wait for the pin to drop.
Serve, garnish, enjoy.
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