Sunday, 11 April 2010
Soup Sundays - Spicy Sweet Potato and Lentil
As a vegetarian, I'm constantly aware of the protein-content in my meals. Meat-eaters often consume way more than the 45g RDA, but sometimes I find it hard to fit even one protein-rich food in my day, which leaves me tired and fed up and hungry! Since turning veggie, I've discovered amazing ways to use pulses and tofu, and have fallen in love with so many amazing and healthy foodstuffs! However, one thing I have struggled to see eye-to-eye with is the lentil. Be it green, red, brown or Puy, no matter how I cook them, they always taste papery and bland to me. When I eat lentils prepared by someone else (or rather, when my Mum cooks me her amazing lentil pie!) I find them delicious, and so I have bought a bag of red lentils as an incentive to learn what to do with the lentil, and my quest began this evening!
I've mentioned a few times about my love for making soup on a Sunday evening. Today I needed a hearty, healthy and easy soup - I've been sat doing a speech analysis all afternoon and wanted something to pep me up! So, I threw together this simple, spicy soup, which was pretty tasty! And it involves lentils - phase one of lentil quest complete! I have created a tasty lentil dish!
Half a sweet potato, peeled and cubed
125g red lentils, washed in cold water
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
750ml vegetable stock
pinch of chilli flakes (to taste!)
1. Fry onion, carrot and sweet potato in a large pan with a lid
2. Add lentils, spices and stock and bring to the boil
3. Boil steadily for 10 minutes, then turn the heat to low and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes
4. Blend and season to taste
Next time I'll add a teaspoon of honey too. And I think it'd be great with a chopped fresh chilli and some fresh coriander - this is basically a base for what could be a really amazing soup. If anyone has any tips or ideas I'd be glad to hear of them!