Up until I discovered my food sensitivities, I had never met a Lentil in my life. Frankly, I though Lentil was a character from Fiddler on the Roof. I don’t get out much.
But when I began an eating plan that was more plant based, and there were some beans that I needed to avoid, I went in search of different protein sources. Because sadly, coffee is not a protein. This is when I discovered the lentil. I searched through many recipes, and came up with a wonderful soup recipe. I’ve been making it, and tweaking the recipe over the last couple of months. This is the final result. It could not be easier to make.
And btw, I wanted to report that since changing my diet (save for an occasional Christmas cookie), I’ve now lost a total of 21 pounds. That is one very bright silver lining to come out of all of this. Four more pounds and I’ll be at my goal weight. Just wait until I’m able to hit the gym. And firm everything up. Woohoo.
Okay, back to the soup. I made this on Sunday, when we experienced a nice blast of cold air. (And for my sweet northern friends, who mock me when I pull out my parka when the temp dips below 70, WE ACTUALLY GO DOWN TO THE FREEZING POINT.) I’m not bragging, I love the colder weather. My joints are rebelling, but I’ve stopped listening to them.
Okay, now really back to the soup.
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 2 Carrots, diced
- 2 Stalks Celery, chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
- 1 (14.5 ounce) Can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Cups Dry Lentils
- 8 Cups Water
- Salt & 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, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the lentils, and add water and tomatoes (including juice from can). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper.
This serves about 6 people. And 2 of my 3 children request it. And if I throw enough croutons and shredded cheese on top, the 3rd child will actually eat it without little to no screaming.