{FoodStuffs; Winter Lentil Soup}

Well hello 2011, and readers of “A Life Inspired”. For those of you I haven’t met yet, my name is Carlie. My picture is over there on the right (thank you Jennie). I realize it’s been there for a while and I’m sure everyone has been wondering why. So here I am! Jennie has asked me to write about foodstuffs. While writing isn’t something I enjoy on a daily basis, I do love creating yummy, well balanced meals for friends, and family.

What I hope to do here….well there will be recipes of course, but also fun new products I discover, things I’ve tried recently, and anything else that I find worth sharing. Feel free to ask questions and make requests. It takes one to inspire one. I’m not much for resolutions I do have one resolution for 2011; I want to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, to try things you’ve never tried. I want share how easy it is to eat seasonally, locally, healthy, and most importantly DELICOUS foods that nourish your whole body, from the inside out.


Winter Lentil Soup

This is my go-to soup recipe. It's easy, fast, and delicious! Perfect for winter. It’s vegan, but if you want to add meat I would add a nice chopped sausage or chorizo.

2 cups French green (or black beluga) lentils, rinsed

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 cups water

3 cups of dino/laccino kale roughly chopped

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add the lentils, and cook for about twenty minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion and salt and sauté until tender, a couple minutes (if you’re including the sausage add here). Stir in the tomatoes, lentils, and water and continue cooking for a few more minutes, letting the soup come back up to a simmer. Stir in the chopped greens, and wait another minute. Taste and adjust the seasoning if need be.

1 comment:

  1. mmmmmgood. and easy. How about some cookbook recommendations!