Holiday Hustle : Giving Lentils Another Look

I wanted to quickly send well wishes to my friends and loved ones in Southern Ontario today on the blog.  I hope that you are safe and warm and making use of the kindness of strangers these past few days. Stay Safe!

Things may be coming up Milhouse or you are drowning yourself in cans of beans, but that is okay. Lentils can be your friend too.

NotsoLentilSoup

Things are getting a bit dismal around my wallet these days, even with my slew of homemade gifts, stocking up on the essentials and wrapping gear can do a bit of damage. If your purse strings are feeling a bit restricted as well do grab some lentils and make this soup.Is your family and friends have been throwing cookies at you as if it is the only food that exists, this soup is for you!

If you are like me dried lentils are kicking around your cupboard or pantry. If not, you really should purchase some of these workhorses, they are an honourary vegetarian protein source packed with iron, folate and fibre to name a few. This soup will warm you and keep you well fed for hours. It sure makes that holiday hustle and weekend warrior workouts a lot easier to fit in!

Join me on this season’s soup odyssey, won’t you?

Not so Lentil Soup

½ cup of rinsed lentils of your choice

½ cup of diced onion

3 cloves of minced garlic

¾ cup of mixed mushrooms (crimini and shitake are nice)

2 cups of broth of your choice

1 small potato of choice cubed

1 teaspoon of ground thyme

½ teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, or vinegar of choice

fresh parsley

half of an avocado

optional add ins, canned tomatoes, shredded carrots

Soften onion in a deep saucepan with grapeseed oil for 4 minutes, stir in garlic, spices and cook for one minute. Add in mushrooms and cook until partially softened. Stir in lentils, potato and broth. Allow to simmer for 45 minutes, adding water if needed to reach your desired consistency.

Top with parsley and chopped avocado if desired.

Serves 4 small lunch servings or two large dinner servings.

Note: this soup tastes even better the next day. Talk about a perfect weekday meal solution!

Enjoy!

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