Lovely Lentils – Soup’s On

The sun is shining, tulips are blooming, skies are blue.  But there is still a chill in the air.

So even though I tend to move away from soups and stews as Springtime rolls into town, I have been craving red lentil soup.

A big bag of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils has been staring back at me for the past couple of months.

Before I get to my veggie and lentil extravaganza recipe, let’s just take a quick look at the healthy goodness that lentils have to offer:

Low in fat
High in fiber
High in iron
High in protein 
High in two-B vitamins
All of this for  few calories

Time to break out the lentils, veggies, and soup pot!

This is such an easy and tasty recipe.  It was a hit…my sister-in-law sent me this picture today:

Even this little guy enjoyed the soup!

Nephew John - at 7 months old - enjoying squash!

Red Lentil Veggie Soup

Ingredients
1 onion, chopped
2-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 14.5 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups dried red lentils
6 cups of water
2 cups of broth (I used veggie broth)
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Seasonings (I used Penzeys Singapore Seasoning – lots)
3-4 handfulls of spinach

Process
*Heat soup pot and spray with non-stick spray.
*Saute onion until brown, add carrots and broccoli and brown.
*Add lentils, tomatoes, water, broth, lemon juice, seasonings.
*Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and let simmer for 45 min-1 hour.
*Add more seasoning if needed.
*Add spinach and stir in so it wilts.
*Take off the heat and let cool.
*Blend with a stick blender or in a blender.
*Enjoy!

Red Lentil Veggie Soup

This is not the prettiest soup but is a great way to pack in loads of veggies and heart-healthy lentils!

What’s cooking in your kitchen today?

Local Veggies & Spring Cleaning

Do you have the luxury of a year-round farmers’ market in your town?

Since adopting a plant-strong lifestyle, the farmers’ market has been a key player in my weekly shopping trips.  There were a couple of months during the winter that it wasn’t worth going to the market but produce has been in full-swing the last couple of weeks.

The exciting news is that on Saturday, April 21st the Dane County Farmer’s Market moves outdoors!

What does it say about me that I got really excited to find these mini-cucumbers at the indoor market yesterday?

Veggies!

Canopy Gardens is my favorite mini-cucumber and tomato vendor at the market.

This Wisconsin family business grows veggies pesticide-free in their indoor greenhouse and offers greenhouse tours.  Field trip!  They also make salsa from their fresh tomatoes and always offer samples at the market.

A new item (at least new to me) is their dehydrated grape tomatoes.  These are really sweet and will be perfect in salads, on pizza, and tossed with pasts & veggies.

If you make it to the market, look for the red tent and you’ll find the friendly Canopy Gardens folks.

In Spring Cleaning news, I’ve cleaned Apples and Arteries–a new theme, updated pages, etc.  Feedback and comments welcome!

And finally, something I heard on A Way With Words this morning that I wanted to share:

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad”. – Miles Kington

Enjoy the day!