The weather in our part of the world invites this cook to make soup for lunch! *The weather most any day does this; we are soup LOVERS.
We are also frugal. Lunch ‘out’ is way spendy, unless lunch ‘out’ means we are eating on the deck…and today it’s way too windy for THAT ! grin
A good friend will be here to share our lunch. I’m going to make a low cost soup so good she will beg for seconds.
Here’s what I’ll do:
Saute` 1/2 an onion in a bit of oil *I prefer coconut; you use what YOU like best.
I’ll add a couple of carrots, scrubbed and sliced and toss in a 2 or 3 ribs of chopped celery. I’ll cook this over a medium heat til they are tender and fragrant. Just for fun I’ll season the mixture with salt, pepper and a touch of garlic powder.
I’ll set that skillet aside and put 1 cup of rinsed lentils into a saucepan. I’ll cover those with 2+ cups of broth and bring those to a boil. As soon as they have come to a boil I will add the veggies I sauteed earlier. The whole soup will be finished in about 20 minutes!
SIDEBAR: If you do not have broth, or don’t care to use it don’t fret. Broth only makes the soup richer. Nobody will croak if you use water. But you might like to season the water with rosemary or sage or garlic. Make it taste the way YOU like it to taste! Golly, you can season BROTH that way, too! Also, if you have a bigger family you’ll want to use more lentils and more cooking liquid. END SIDEBAR.
Lentils are a complete protein so there is no reason to add rice or barley or any other grain. But this meal will be more complete if it is accompanied by a veggie salad.
I browsed through the fridge and came up with mushrooms, Romaine lettuce, red onion, celery, cherry tomatoes, red, green, and yellow peppers. Methinks this collection of goodness will make a bright, crisp companion for the Lentil Soup.
The Normanator likes crackers in his soup. I think I’ll change things up a bit and pop some corn to use as “croutons”…it’s good fiber, no gluten and makes the house smell yummy.
Lunch is ready. Won’t you join us? (I WISH.)
This soup is so easy that children could help.
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