Rinse and drain lentils. Add lentils along with onion, celery, carrots, cabbage, garlic, parsley, bay leaf, thyme to your slow cooker.
Cut excess ham away from bone and save for later.
Add ham bone and 7 cups of broth to slow cooker. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for about 7 hours, stirring once or twice.
While soup is cooking, coursely chop or shred ham. Cover and refrigerate until soup is ready.
Remove ham bone and bay leaf from soup. Adjust consistency with the additional cup of broth. Stir in chopped ham and white vinegar. Cover and allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes to warm ham. Add a generous sprinkle of fresh dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh dill.
a smoked pork hock will work in place of a meaty ham bone.
for a vegetarian/vegan option, use vegetable broth and omit the ham and sour cream.
Preheat oven to 350 ℉. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2tbsp olive oil. Sauté onions for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add spinach all at once and cook, stirring occasionally until spinach has completely wilted. Allow to cool slightly before proceeding.
To the spinach, stir in quinoa, Parmesan cheese, dried herbs, lemon juice, pepper, dried chili flakes and salt to taste. Set aside.
Rinse mushrooms and trim the bottom edge an approximate 1/4" and remove the stem down to the base. Using a spoon, scrape out the dark fanned bit, going down to the solid surface of the mushroom. Brush the outside of each mushroom with olive oil.
Fill mushrooms with an approximate heaping 1/3 cup of mixture, pressing just slightly to fill in the mushroom cavity. Top with tomato slices if desired and then sprinkle each with mozzarella cheese. Place filled mushrooms onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil for 1-3 minutes until cheese is melty and golden. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
-Use 1/2 cup dry quinoa to 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth and cook according to package directions. Yields about 1 1/4 cups.
-The recipe indicates salt to taste because the type of broth used and salt tolerance will vary. Taste the stuffing mixture first and add salt to your liking.