Then added in 2 small cloves of garlic, chopped and 1 shallot chopped. Let that saute up some!
Chopped some mushrooms and added them in.
Chopped carrots and 1 small potato and added that into the mixture. Diced a little bit of red bell pepper and added that in (optional). Add in a large bay leaf (be sure to remove before serving) and a pinch of dried parsley (or fresh, which is better) and some dried Thyme! Ground some peppercorns in. Optional is come Kosher salt.
I added in some Vegetable stock.
Now I washed and put in some dried lentils (1 cup), 1/4 cup of Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix (optional)
and 1/4 cup of Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend (which has couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa in it) ALSO: OPTIONAL (and you can certainly substitute!!!
I covered and let simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. I blended up 2 more cloves of garlic with 1/2 can of White Kidney Beans, added some EVOO inside and some water so that it would blend easily. Once blended to just about a liquid sauce looking mixture, I added that into the soup. This not only adds EXTRA fiber but it also makes it taste a whole lot better, it's almost a creamy texture!!! (that is also optional but I doubt you will regret it:) I used the other half of can of bean and did the same process for another recipe (see recipe above for Mustard Greens).