Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Mmmmm. Soup in the wintertime… a match made in heaven if you ask me.

It’s really getting cold around here, and it’s easy to fall into the rut of eating heavy, rich foods that may satisfy your craving for some warmth and comfort. The problem with a lot of these foods is that they will often leave you comatose on the couch, watching another 8-hour Say Yes to the Dress marathon.

Which got me thinking… is it possible to create a meal that is both filling, warming and delicious, that doesn’t make you want to curl into the fetal position and never put on a pair of skinny jeans again?

What if I told you that it IS possible, and that this hearty meal is also gluten-free, completely vegetarian, and even… woah… vegan??

Lentil Soup

It’s no secret lentils are my new obsession. I’ve made several different lentil dishes during my cleanse, including this lentil salad I posted about earlier, along with seriously bomb.com red curry lentils from Pinch of Yum. There is something so yummy about this little legume that I am totally down with, plus they are so good for you and low in fat.

This soup combines a ton of healthy ingredients in one delicious package. I got this recipe from the back of the Standard Process Cleanse handbook, and I will definitely be making it again!

Lentil Soup
 
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Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender.
  2. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  4. When ready to serve, stir in spinach, and cook until it wilts.
  5. Stir in vinegar, and season to taste with salt and pepper, and more vinegar if desired.

Lentil Soup

This recipe can be easily halved, or you can store the leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Raw Tomato Sauce with Kalamata Olives

Raw Tomato Sauce

Do you watch Girls?

I just caught up on season 1 in time for the season 2 premiere last Sunday night, and gosh, I really like that show. I’ll admit it took me a few episodes to get into it, but on or about episode 3 I really started enjoying the storylines. It could be because I am a 20-something in NYC, but I have to say I think Lena Dunham is onto something with this story of 4 girls trying to make it in a crazy hipster world.

There is a scene in season 1 where Shoshanna (albeit in a very, very altered state) goes on a rant about how she’s going to move to the front of her Pilates class from now on, because dang it she’s GOOD at Pilates and she doesn’t want to be stuck in the middle anymore! Why hide in the middle when you can excel in the front of the class?!

I think we all need a bit of Shoshanna’s confidence in our lives. Minus the crack.

That is my life lesson for the day! Now onto the noms.

Raw Tomato Sauce

So I told you last week that I started a cleanse.

I’m now Day 6 into my cleanse, and I gotta tell you- things are going great! Lots of energy, solid sleeping, and yeah, I’m losing a bit of weight too!

I think the secret for me was doing a lot of preparation beforehand, including cutting back on coffee big time (ie, one cup this entire year so far!), eating a ton more vegetables, and getting into a groove at the gym. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this many vegetables in my entire life, and honestly I really feel great. If I can be honest with you, I do miss a nice piece of crusty bread, though. I’m having fun deciding what my “first meal” is going to be once I’m done… cookies? A slice of apple pie? A sandwich? Who knows.

Anyways, this “sauce” is fantastic as a dip, a dressing, or over pasta. It’s got a lot of flavors reminiscent of puttanesca sauce from the olives and garlic, and is super refreshing and tasty. I enjoyed it over cooked lentils and arugula this week, and I’m definitely am going to make it again even when I am off the cleanse.

The best part? This baby takes all of 3 minutes to make!

Raw Tomato Sauce with Kalamata Olives
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives
  • 6-8 leaves fresh basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse 4-6 times, until chopped up, but not pureed. Serve with your favorite pasta, with crackers, or over lentils.

Raw Tomato Sauce

Anyone got any awesome vegetarian recipes to share with me?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Note:  I am currently on the Standard Process Cleanse, under the guidance of my nutritionist and friend, Rebecca Meyerson of Simply Healthy Living. If you’re interested in the cleanse, definitely talk to Rebecca! However, none of what I post here should be considered medical advice. Please talk to your doctor/health professional before changing your diet.