Have you heard of iHerb?  (Updated–Wordpress is being goofy and not letting me link to the site–it’s http://www.iherb.com)

This is an online e-tailer “providing the best overall value for natural products through e-simplicity”.  I first gave it a try last Spring after reading about it on a few blogs.  I was amazed at the variety of products available.  Especially the variety of options of brands I regularly buy in stores.  For example, Bob’s Red Mill–on iHerb I’ve been able to find cereal varieties that local stores don’t carry.  And the prices on things like protein powder, chia seeds, and other odd’s and end’s are better than in local stores.

The site also offers shipping and shopping discounts!  I also like the fact that a lot of products include reviews – it’s always good to read thumb’s up or down when thinking of trying something new.

I placed another order to load up on some Bob’s Red Mill basics–oat bran, red lentils, millet (a favorite add-in to granola and muffins), and my new favorite Bob’s Red Mill hot breakfast cereal–whole grain, apple, cinnamon & grains.  And a big tub of Garden of Life Super Seed–this is like chia seeds on steroids.  I add a scoop of this to my AM oatmeal or smoothie and I usually stay full until 12:30 or 1pm!

A new-to-me product that I ordered is Sun Warrior, Raw Protein Plant-Based, Warrior Blend.  I’m looking forward to trying it.

I ordered all of these goodies on my own, using my own $.  I can offer you a code to use if you’re a first-time iHerb customer.

You can use gift code QAB921 and you will receive $10 off your first order of $40 or more, or take $5 off orders less than $40.

Let me know if you give it a try!  Happy shopping–http://www.iherb.com

Have you tried any of the products I bought?  Have you shopped at iHerb?  

Lovely Lentils – Soup’s On

The sun is shining, tulips are blooming, skies are blue.  But there is still a chill in the air.

So even though I tend to move away from soups and stews as Springtime rolls into town, I have been craving red lentil soup.

A big bag of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils has been staring back at me for the past couple of months.

Before I get to my veggie and lentil extravaganza recipe, let’s just take a quick look at the healthy goodness that lentils have to offer:

Low in fat
High in fiber
High in iron
High in protein 
High in two-B vitamins
All of this for  few calories

Time to break out the lentils, veggies, and soup pot!

This is such an easy and tasty recipe.  It was a hit…my sister-in-law sent me this picture today:

Even this little guy enjoyed the soup!

Nephew John - at 7 months old - enjoying squash!

Red Lentil Veggie Soup

1 onion, chopped
2-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 14.5 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups dried red lentils
6 cups of water
2 cups of broth (I used veggie broth)
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Seasonings (I used Penzeys Singapore Seasoning – lots)
3-4 handfulls of spinach

*Heat soup pot and spray with non-stick spray.
*Saute onion until brown, add carrots and broccoli and brown.
*Add lentils, tomatoes, water, broth, lemon juice, seasonings.
*Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and let simmer for 45 min-1 hour.
*Add more seasoning if needed.
*Add spinach and stir in so it wilts.
*Take off the heat and let cool.
*Blend with a stick blender or in a blender.

Red Lentil Veggie Soup

This is not the prettiest soup but is a great way to pack in loads of veggies and heart-healthy lentils!

What’s cooking in your kitchen today?