Living Well Blog Hop: Week 10

It's time again for the Living Well Blog Hop - an opportunity to share with others something you've found to be a help in "living well." So take a moment to read the directions below for the hop. Then jump on in with your post and be sure to link it back here.


In our homeschool history studies this week, we learned about the biblical patriarchs from Genesis, including Jacob and Esau. If you are at all familiar with this story, you'll remember that Esau foolishly sold his birthright for a bowl of stew (Genesis 25.19-34).

The story contains many useful principles for living well even today (i.e., don't act impulsively!), but my daughters' first question was, "Why would he give up his birthright for stew? Was it really that good?" So we set out to find an appealing recipe for lentil stew and settled on this very simple one even though it obviously isn't exactly what Jacob prepared:

Jacob and Esau Lentil Stew

1 lb. turkey sausage, uncooked but "crumbled" a bit
1 lb. baby carrots
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 t. canola oil
3 c. water
3 medium potatoes, diced
14.5 oz. chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 c. dry lentils
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cumin
28 oz. diced tomatoes

Simply combine all the ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for seven hours!

My older daughter is a rather picky eater - she gets anxious about trying new things - and adamantly proclaimed that she wouldn't sell her birthright (if she had one, lol!) for the stew, but even she liked it once she gave it a chance. And the rest of us really enjoyed it; in fact, my husband even suggested adding it to our monthly meal rotation. Because it's easy (a complete meal in a pot!) and chock-full of whole foods, I have a feeling it'll make the list.


Welcome to the Living Well Blog Hop! We’d like to invite you to share a blog post about what you do to "live well." It could be a healthy recipe, exercise tips, ideas for relaxing or getting organized, lifestyle improvements – anything you feel makes your life better.

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  3. If you link a recipe, please use real foods and avoid highly processed ingredients. Recipes low in refined sugar/refined carbohydrates are preferred;
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