It has been very cold, so I’ve been making lots of different soups. Soups warm you up inside and out, and are very filling.
One of my basics that I make quite often is lentil soup. If you aren’t familiar with lentils, then I suggest that you google them, They are considered one of the world’s healthiest foods. (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=52)
I usually add a carrot, but I didn’t have any. I did, however have a sweet potato, so I used that instead. I’m flexible like that. 🙂 It was just as good. I had half of a tomato, so i threw that in, too,. You can start this soup simmering a few hours before you want to eat, and most of that time this takes is the soup cooking.
2 cups lentils, rinsed
Water to cover, about 4 cups
Garlic and onion, diced, about ¼ cup
¼ to ½ cup carrot or sweet potato, diced
1/2 of a tomato, diced
1 teaspoon veggie bouillon
Bay leaf, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, cayenne, to taste.
¼ to ½ cup cheese, optional
Simmer lentils in water about 1 ½ hours, until almost tender, Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer about another 15-20, or until done.
Stir in cheese, if desired. This is good with corn bread and a salad.