Moroccan Lentil Soup

Adapted from this recipe at AllRecipes.

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots (+)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala Moroccan spices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In large pot saute; the onions, garlic, and ginger in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water, lentils, chick peas, white kidney beans, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, garam masala, Moroccan spice, cardamom, cayenne pepper and cumin. Bring to a boil for a few minutes then simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or longer, until the lentils are soft.
  3. Puree half the soup in a food processor or blender. Return the pureed soup to the pot, stir and enjoy!

The Moroccan Spice blend that I used was something I had had in my cupboard for awhile now, ever since I tried baked chickpeas. I can’t find the recipe and I can’t remember exactly what I put in it, but it looks a lot like this one I found.

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This was a very tasty bowl! If I were to re-do it, I would add more veggies and probably reduce the cardamom to 1 tsp. It was a tiny bit overwhelming. And I might add a pinch of salt.

I give it an A-.

Jodus said the same.

When asked what he would change, he said to add bacon. Not a bad idea but it would reduce the healthiness of the dish of course.

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Goods from the Farmer’s Market earlier:

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($8.90)

Goods from PCC:

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($41.20)

Some things to look forward to in the kitchen this week:

My first try at Risotto.

Introducing ImprompTuesdays.

Work Potluck.

Pumpkin.

-L4L-

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Autumn

Things That Officially Make It Fall

1) Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

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We had this for lunch but pumped up from your classic Wonder Bread + Kraft American! We used Dave’s Killer Bread + Muenster cheese and sprinkled the bread with a little garlic powder! Tomato soup was splashed with some 1/2 & 1/2 for added prettiness creaminess.

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With a small fruit salad made with a peach, a pear, a banana, some blueberries and halved grapes.

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2) Gourds

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3) Rain

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4) Pumpkin Spice Mistos

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5) Sweaters

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6) Pumpkins

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7) The color Orange

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8) Being with loved ones (even in the rain)

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9) Hot Cocoa (spiked!)

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10) Hearty Soups simmering on the stove

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What is your favorite thing about Autumn?

-L4L-

Jammies and Juice

I am thoroughly enjoying the laziest Saturday morning EVER.

Jodus got up early early and went to the office to get in some overtime.

I slept until ~7am and have had my butt planted on the couch ever since! I have watched Glee, Project Runway (x3), caught up on my Google Reader, and started addressing envelopes for our Save The Date cards!

I had an equally lazy breakfast.

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2 microwaved eggs on Dave’s Killer Bread with some zingy carrot/apple/ginger juice!

And I ate it on the couch, in front of my laptop. It’s nearly 11 now. I am still unshowered and in my PJ’s. I promise I’ll start being productive! … As soon as this episode of Project Runway is over! 😉

Happy Saturday!

-L4L-