This is one of our family favourites. A healthy and hearty meal we like to make during the week because it's so easy. You can also make vegetarian if you omit the sausage.
3 turkey or chicken sausages
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups green lentils
4 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 bay leaves
1) Heat a large pot over medium-high heat, remove casings from sausage, cook 3 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir until crumbled.
2) Add onion, celery and carrot, cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add minced garlic, cook 1 minute.
3) Stir in lentils and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Discard bay leaves.
Hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do!
A recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at my son's daycare and subsequently at my house, brought to light a common confusion between the flu (influenza) and what is commonly called 'stomach flu' (gastroenteritis, commonly caused by norovirus). People are also often confused between the common cold and influenza. The following table gives some basic guidelines to help differentiate between them.
As you can see, the stomach 'flu' is very different from influenza. Knowing this, you can treat them differently. Hopefully this brief post has helped you to understand these common ailments.
Table adapted from: www.health.alberta.ca/health-info/influenza-compare-symptoms.html