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It’s time for an intervention.

Lately, whenever I walk into a room full of people, I’m certain they’re going to solemnly sit me down in a special chair, in the middle of a circle and say the following words:

“Holley, you’ve got to stop with all the apples. We’re here for you. We’ll be with you every step of the way, but it’s time we step in. You’re obsessed with apples, and you must control yourself.”

They’re right, you know. I was looking at past blog posts. It started out innocently enough with a simple trip to the apple orchard. It progressed to apple juice and apple sauce and even baked apples.

There were some successes and some failures.

Apples have been snacked on and taste tested.

So I’ll agree, whole heartedly. Enough already with the apples!

Except for just one more…

This recipe is like my nicotine gum, or my patch. It’s slowly weaning me out of the world of apples and into the world of…

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Carrots? No, I just loved these pics of J Man:)

An awesome lentil soup recipe is headed your way.

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The usual suspects are here: onion, bell pepper, and garlic.

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I spiced it up with a little chili powder. And then, as any good recipe should, everything else is dumped into a crock pot!

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Everything else? Lentils, tomatoes, carrots and apple juice. What’s that? Yes, you heard me right! Apple juice!

The juice gives a great sweetness, a counterbalance if you will, to the spicy chili powder.

Warm, spicy, and actually, for a vegan recipe, kind of ‘meaty’. This would be great over rice, with a side of cornbread, or even just by itself.

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And that’s it. My last apple recipe. For at least a week:)

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Soup

Ingredients
1/2 large onion
1/2 bell pepper (I used yellow)
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS chili powder
3/4 cup lentils
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup water
1 14oz can crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
Sauté onion, pepper and garlic in olive oil until veggies are soft. Add chili powder.

Combine onion mixture and remaining ingredients in a crockpot. Cook at ‘low’ for 8 hours.

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