This is a great recipe inspired by traditional Egyptian cooking with tips on healthy additions you can make once and eat from 2-3 times. You can make it using a regular stove-top or a slow cooker.
- 2 tsp. coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter)
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1¼ cups black lentils
- 5 cups vegetable broth, or as needed
- 1/4 cups chopped parsley
- 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Heat coconut oil or ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add in onion, carrot, celery, and salt; cook and stir until onion is softened and translucent, about 10 minutes. Season with black pepper, cumin, thyme, and cayenne pepper.
- Pour lentils into mixture and stir to coat completely in oil/ghee. Add vegetable broth and bay leaf; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook, adding more broth as needed, until lentils are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Add 3 tablespoons parsley and stir. Serve soup in bowls, sprinkle remaining parsley over the top and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
*Basic recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
Slow Cooker Version
- In a slow cooker, combine the onion, carrots, and celery, lentils, cumin, bay leaf, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Stir in the vegetable broth.
- Cook on LOW until the lentils are tender, 8 to 10 hours.
- Optional: transfer the soup to a blender and let cool for about 15 minutes.
- Pour the mixture back into the slow cooker. Stir in parsley.
Play with it:
- Add a little garlic, turmeric and ginger (anti-infammtory) to the mix
- Add diced tomatoes or organic tomato paste
- Add chipotle peppers
- Add sweet potato for added root vegetables
- Top with avocado, lemon juice and parsley
You can cook once and eat 2-3 times with this recipe by:
- Have it as a blended soup
- Keep it whole and have it with a side-dish of salad greens
- Keep it whole or blended and have it over quinoa or rice
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