Hello loves.

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I’m crawling out from under my rock for a few moments to check in and let you all know I am still alive.

Barely.

Not only do I think I’m catching this flu epidemic (although I caved in a got a flu shot – not that I’m against immunizations, but I have a pretty stellar immune system to where I don’t think its necessary) but I am also crazy drained from school already. So maybe it’s just a little combination, but this girl is pooped.

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The Simply Bar helps learning about gross parasites a little bit easier. But only a little.

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With that being said, I think you guys know the drill that when school takes over my life, food and everything else gets pretty boring.

However, we did have a pretty epic dinner around here the other night.

I seriously love the crock pot. It makes dinner so easy sometimes. I have about 500 crock pot recipes saved, so I finally decided to actually use one. Well, in all actuality, I got the idea from a recipe, but totally winged the rest. The other thing I love about crock pots, you can throw whatever you want and it usually comes out decent. This was no exception.

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Veggie prep happened in the morning before school.

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And the beginning to a delicious stew began.

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Veggie Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

– 2 cups lentils

– 1 onion – chopped

– 1 zucchini – chopped

– 1 yellow squash – chopped

– 2 carrots – chopped

– 1 red bell pepper – chopped

– 2-3 cloves garlic – chopped

– 1 15oz can diced tomatoes

– 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth

– 2 tbsp tomato paste

– 2 tsp cumin

– 1 tsp paprika

– dashes of salt and pepper to taste

(Note: As I said I basically just threw in what I had and wanted, feel free to add more/different veggies and spices to your taste)

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Directions:

– I literally threw everything in the crock pot, set to low for 6-8 hours and walked away.

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This deliciousness was waiting for me when I got home.

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 And it was pretty delicious!

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Matt must have thought it was really good too, because he ate all the left overs in two days.

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And if my night couldn’t be any more delicious, it ended with a craving.

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Because sometimes you just have to have ice cream.

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Do you ever use a crock pot?

Do you follow recipes or just throw things in?