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Lentils are healthy, inexpensive in soups, salads

One of my new favorite foods to cook with is lentils. For one thing, I only eat fish (animal-wise), so lentils are a great way to pack in protein. It also has a lot of fiber. I also enjoy how inexpensive the meals are with lentils.

But other than just being healthy, I think lentils bring a variety to dishes cooked at home; They can be found in a variety of colors and can be in soups, salads and side dishes. I’ve made several lentil salads recently, cold and hot, and they’ve all been pretty good.

My latest recipe Red Curry Lentils and Spinach, while good, was not my favorite. It tastes good—and looks beautiful—but the seasoning doesn’t seem to be very consistent—probably the chef’s fault, but none-the-less that means some bites are amazing and others a bit lacking depending on the bite. I’d give it a 3.5 spoons out of 5. Better than average, but not lick-the-spoon-clean good.

You can find the exact recipe at http://newhope360.com/recipes/red-curry-lentils-and-spinach even though mine came from a print magazine. I substituted  brown lentil for red, since that’s all I could find at H-E-B and white rice for brown rice, because it’s what I had on hand.

Health.com states “Lentils are to India as meatloaf is to America: the quintessential comfort food.” If that’s the case, I’ve got a feeling I would enjoy the food in India! If you want to combine the two and try lentil meatloaf, no problem!

My mom made something similar to this once she found out me and my brother had become pescetarians.

How about you? Are there any healthy foods you keep returning to now that it’s beginning to turn warmer?

Soup’s on

Soup’s on



A great comfort meal.

While I enjoy going out to eat, I also enjoy cooking in my own kitchen.

Today I was sick and my boyfriend was out of town, leaving me to fend for myself in the soup department. I had just received a recipe in my inbox for tomato soup, so even though I didn’t feel great, I thought I would make some homemade soup. The trip to the grocery store luckily coincided with my trip to RedBox, so it made sense.

The sandwich called for roast beef, but, since I don’t eat meat, I just left that out. I also forgot to buy arugula, so it was basically a grilled cheese sandwich with horseradish and mayo. The recipe called for sour cream, but I’m an improviser. Some people follow recipes to the T. I’m not one of them.

The result was excellent. I’m glad I made it from scratch, because it’s definitely richer that way. I also like to swirl in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to my soup as a final touch.

If you want to try the recipe, you can find it over at Real Simple. Let me know what you think!