I tend to feature simple and quick dinners on Monday nights, and this recipe is no exception. If you are looking for a dinner that you can just toss in the pot and it will take care of itself, this one’s for you.
This delicious lentil soup is like wrapping a warm blanket around your tummy. It is so flavorful and comforting, it just makes me want to have another bowl just thinking about it.
And the extra bonus is that lentils are superstars! The readily absorb any flavor that you throw at them and they are packed with nutritional goodness. Tiny little lentil seeds are packed with a ridiculous amount of fibre and protein, what’s not to love about that? They may be small, but they are nutritional giants 🙂
Along with barley, I think lentils are my new best friend!
Spinach Lentil Soup (adapted from here)
- 1 Cup shredded carrots (chopped is fine if you are in a rush)
- 1 large onion
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. cumin & coriander
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cup salsa (approx.)
- 1 1/4 cups lentils
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 green pepper
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- A big bunch of spinach
In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, saute carrots, onion and spices in oil until tender. Add the water, salsa, potato, pepper, lentils and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in spinach; simmer 5-10 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. And Enjoy!
Hopefully this inspires you to use some lentils in your cooking this week!
As most of you are settling down and getting ready for bed, I am off to start my day of teaching.
For the next couple of weeks I am doing speaking tests with all my students. I am the only English teacher in the school, so it takes me a while to test all students. Korean students love to memorize, but they hate open conversation. They are extremely book smart, but when you try to have a conversation with them they look at you with a blank stare on their faces. I guess that’s why I’m here! Little by little I try to build their confidence.
Take care and have a splendid evening 🙂