I don’t know if you had sun where you live, but I took full advantage of the amazing weather we had this weekend.
Lindsay and I shopped around Carytown, went to a Squirrels game, and hit up Broad Appetit. That last photo was raw cauliflower tabbouleh, which was delicious. I went home and whipped up my version of Brittany’s version. I’ll share that soon.
Speaking of new versions of recipes, I wasn’t going to totally re-do this recipe that I found in the Wall Street Journal. I was going to follow it exactly. But… it didn’t really go as planned. To be honest, I felt like the original recipe was really bland. And the lentils started to get dried out. In the end, I halved most of the recipe, but still ended up with the 4-6 servings it said it served. I don’t know, WSJ… maybe you should just stick with news.
But regardless of how it happened, this soup is still super easy to make and is packed with healthy protein and fiber!
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 cup dried lentils
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ cup white wine (I used chardonnay... but I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use "cooking wine")
- 6 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp "everyday seasoning" blend (paprika, lemon, pepper) you could leave this out, I think...
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Croutons, for garnish (optional)
- Sweat the onions in the olive oil, over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Don't let the onions turn brown.
- Add in the garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add in the lentils, parmesan cheese, water, salt and pepper, and turn the heat to high.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, and then add in the rest of the spices. Cook for 15 more minutes, or until lentils are tender. (It took me about 40 minutes total.)
This soup is really filling. I was eating about 1 1/2 cups for lunch, and it kept me full for hours… which isn’t usually the case with most soups. I know it’s summer, and hot soup isn’t always on your mind, but I’m sure I’m going to be making this soup again in the near future. Not to mention, dried lentils are super cheap. It only cost me about ~$2 to make that whole pot of soup, which I ate for 4 meals.
While we’re on the subject of cheap, I didn’t do so great on my May grocery budget. I’m going to keep an eye on it a lot more closely for June. Yesterday, I did my grocery shopping for the week, and I got everything for $26 bucks. Now if I can just keep that trend going… I’ll be in good shape!