On Sunday I made a massive batch of lentil soup for both my mom and I. I said that we had enough for days on end… I must say I was definitely not lying. I wasn’t going to return home today but due to a furnace failure in my apartment building I ended up returning to my mom’s place. This meant that instead of having her peperoni pizza which only mom and my sister can eat, we just ate more leftovers. Mom told me that she already ate this soup yesterday and that we’ll be eating it for dinner tonight too. That’s a helluva lot of lentils!
To me, the lentil soup I made Sunday was just a bit on the dull tasting side, so I thought I would add some more flavour to the mix for tonight’s meal. For those who know me, they know I am addicted to curry powder. I swear, I am more Indian than my Indian boyfriend. So I added ½ a teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, and some fresh black pepper to taste. So we ate some more lentil soup which took on a more stew-like consistency.
I never knew that lentils absorbed so much liquid, did you? But that was our meal for the evening. Just to let you know, the rest of the leftovers will be disposed of. Day 2 of leftovers for Africa is probably enough for this household.
You know, after looking at these photos for some time I am starting to think that this meal looks like something you’d find public school cafeteria ladies putting on your plastic plate. Looks pretty awful. Kind of like mystery meat. Alas, I can assure you that this meal is much tastier… I mean c’mon, my mom has been eating it for three days straight. We didn’t just toss the rest in the bin, but she ate it till the end.
Back to being healthy. Yesterday I made those amazing Black Forest Cheesecake Cups, but today I went for a healthy and super filling dinner. I love lentils, chickpeas, and quinoa so I tend to try and make something hearty with one of the three often. Tonight I went for a delightful soup. Because who dislikes soup? Those in my family know I love it.
I used to live off of Sapporo Ichiban soup, yes that’s right. I would eat at least one package a day. Now I know how bad that is for someones body, but it was just so good. Luckily, as the years passed I learnt how to eat those such soups with chopsticks which allowed me to take my time with food like that.
Now though, I do not eat that instant type of soup as often as I used to. I tend to prefer making homemade soups. Just like todays meal of Lentil soup with Cilantro and Cumin. I got the recipe from the fatfreevegan blog.
Here is the recipe I followed:
2 cups brown or green lentils, uncooked
8 cups water or vegetable broth
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large carrots, thickly sliced
1 rib celery, chopped
2 large gold or red potatoes, cut into large cubes
2 bay leaves
2 vegetable bouillon cubes (use if water is used instead of broth)
Chop all vegetables and divide onions, garlic, and celery from other vegetables
Add olive oil to a large pan and allow to heat at medium temperature. When hot enough, add chopped onions, celery, and garlic. Mix until translucent.
Add chopped carrots and potatoes to onion and celery mix until all is coated. In this process rinse 2 cups of lentils until water is clear. Once done that add lentils to vegetable mix. As everything becomes coated, then add eight cups of water to pan.
Turn heat to high, as the water heats up, add 2 bay leaves, bouillon cubes, dried cilantro, and ground cumin, and pepper and cover soup. Once soup begins to boil, turn heat down and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or when lentils are soft.
If soup is too dry, add water as you see fit. If it is too weak, add additional seasonings to enhance taste. Once ready, chop spinach and add to soup. Add salt and stir in red wine vinegar or lemon juice and serve hot.
The recipe which I linked to you has a complete different step by step process, but in that recipe Susan, the author uses a pressure cooker. I do not have that so I just estimated how to go about her recipe in a large pot. This recipe makes for 8 portions. So we’ll be eating this soup for days on end. Fortunately, this soup is super good for you and will probably help with filling us up throughout the week and helping slim us down too.
If I am to make this recipe again I would add chopped tomatoes to the soup. I like soups that have a tomato base which this one does not have. Tomatoes also add a very full flavouring to such meals, but this definitely wasn’t a bad meal whatsoever.
If you end up making this super hearty meal I would love to know how it goes for you.
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