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Lentil Apricot and Zucchini Soup (Armenian Style)

Ingredients

2 Cups (1 lb.) Lentils, dried
6 Cups (1-1/2 Qt.) Water
1 or 1-1/2 Cups Onions, chopped
½ Cup Apricots, dried, chopped
1 Zucchini, medium sized, cut into small pieces
1 Italian Pepper or Bell Pepper, medium sized, cut into small pieces
½ of 6 oz. Can (3 oz.) Tomato Paste
¼ Tsp. Cinnamon, ground
¼ Tsp. Allspice, ground
I Tsp. Mint, dried or 1 Tbsp. Fresh Mint, chopped
1 Tbsp. Paprika
½ Tsp. Cayenne or Hot Red Pepper Sauce, adjust to taste (optional)
Fresh Parsley, 2 or 3 sprigs, chopped (optional)
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Preparation

This recipe may be prepared in a crock-pot (slow cooker) or on a stovetop.

Crock-pot Method:

If using a crock-pot, turn setting to “high.” You may pre-heat the water (to save cooking time) before adding to the crock-pot. Add rinsed lentils, cover pot, and cook until lentils are starting to soften. If needed, add more hot water.

Add all of the other ingredients to the crock-pot and continue to cook at “high” setting until lentils, apricots, onions, and pepper pieces are soft.

Stovetop Method:

If cooking on a stovetop, bring water to a boil and add rinsed lentils. When water starts to boil again, reduce heat, cover, and cook lentils, stirring occasionally. Add more water, if needed. When lentils have begun to soften, add the rest of the ingredients, cover again, and continue to cook. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Soup is ready when lentils, apricots, onions, and pepper pieces are soft

Serve with a large tossed salad and enjoy!

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! 

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