So, I have this awesome French Bread Sourdough and its overcast and icky outside so I thought why not make some soup! I made a very basic lentil soup tonight that you could add on to to suit your fancy. Lentil soup is very economical because, let’s face it, lentils have gotta be one of the cheapest protein sources around! And for 13 grams of protein per 1/4 cup serving size—lentil soup is a protein powerhouse. I made mine with onion, canned tomatoes, organic veggie broth and spices. I think the best lentil soup I’ve ever made was when I added the roasted butternut squash in the mix, but I didn’t have one of those today so I opted for a simplified version. The spices give it a hint of flavor and heat and the tomatoes mellow it down. Perfect for dunking that homemade bread into!
Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup
Serves 4 (I kept 2 servings in the fridge and froze the remainder for another time)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup green or black lentils
3 cups organic veggie stock, or water if you are in a pinch!
1 bay leaf
1 tsp tarragon
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, depending on how much heat you want
1/2 tsp thyme
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika
In a saucepot, heat up the oil on medium heat. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes or until it is all soft and translucent. Add the garlic, tarragon, thyme, paprika and cayenne pepper and saute for another couple minutes. Add the can of tomatoes along with the veggie stock, bay leaves and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes or so until the lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
With my soup I toasted up 2 ounces of my bread and topped it with a smear of Earth Balance spread. I also made a large spinach salad with red pepper and broccoli slaw (look for this in the pre-cut veggie section of your produce dept! So good!) and topped with Annie’s Woodstock Dressing. A very filling, healthy meal!
This afternoon I worked some on the blog (check out the new, easily found recipes on the sidebar!) and did some laundry. I snacked on a granny smith apple while I worked. I didn’t need too large of an afternoon snack today because I had a higher-fat lunch than usual (with the chips!) and I ate an early dinner. An apple seemed like the perfect solution!
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