I have so many ideas to get this blog started. So here it goes, why not start with one of my favorites!
As you will come to see lentils are one of my favorite things to cook with. They are so versatile and extremely healthy!
In a search for a new fun lentil soup I came across this Lemony Lentil Soup with Cilantro on Epicurious.com, one of my favorite recipe websites.
Epicurious is great because you can type in ingredients that you have and want to use and search for recipes with those ingredients. It is even possible to refine your search to course or dietary restrictions.
Ok so back to the soup. As you will also come to see I almost never follow recipes, I use them as guidelines to make my own scrumptious recipes. This recipe in particular is pretty easy and super quick, 2 of my favorite attributes for a recipe!
It is great recipe as is and is great with the many variations I've tried.
The following is what I've done to make it my own, not to mention, way faster!
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger (fresh chopped ginger is even better!)
- 1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or 1 teaspoon seasoned salt and 3 cups of water)
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro