Saturday, July 21, 2007
Lentil Soup in the summertime!
I've been attempting to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my daily diet. It takes quite a lot of thought unless.....when life gives you lentils, you make lentil soup.
I know it has been brutally hot outside (above 90 every day + humidity)and the thought of soup may not appeal to everyone. Too lazy to run to the food market, I perused my pantry. A bag of lentils, a trip to google.com, and a recipe where I had all but one ingredient on hand. Not too bad, eh?
Whatever the season, soup seems to warm the soul. The lentil soup cooked for a few hours instead of the 1 hour they suggested. I needed to get the spinach, the only ingredient missing for the soup. If you print the recipe, please add: a few tablespoons of VOGUE CUISINE powdered vegetable bouillon. I guess you could use vegetable stock instead but that was an afterthough.Suffice it to say, the lentil soup was delicious. Today, I had some and added another great find to make it scrumptious....The Gluten Free Pantry came out with olive oil and garlic croutons....crunchy and yummy.
I know that quick and easy recipes are the key, especially when we want to add veggies...this recipe includes carrots, celery, tomatoes, and spinach! Enjoy!\
Lentil Soup (allrecipes.com by Marie)
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (14.5 oz.)can crushed tomatoes (I USED DICED)
2 cups dry lentils
8 cups water
1/2 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons vinegar (I USED WHITE)
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil. Cook for two minutes.
Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.