Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Question Of The Day


I love homemade food (there's nothing quite like it), so I don't mind putting in the effort to be able to enjoy that. In addition, I like finding new and interesting recipes, and then going out to shop for the ingredients.

Speaking of which, here is the most awesome lentil soup recipe in the history of awesome lentil soup recipes. Very easy to prepare and extremely delicious. Lentils are something I wouldn't touch as a kid but have grown to really enjoy as an adult. Maybe because I found recipes that work for me.

FAST AND FILLING RED LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients:
4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 (796ml 28oz) can whole or chopped tomatoes
2 potatoes cubed
3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 cups red lentils
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pepper to taste
Handful of fresh cilantro, minced

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a large pot, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Add minced cilantro and serve.

** Here are some things I change/add: **
- Instead of three carrots, I often use 1 carrot (chopped) and 1 sweet potato (cubed). Yummy!
- I use fresh tomatoes (chopped) instead of canned (a noticeable difference in flavour!).
- I add additional broth to make the soup more watery (1/2 or 1 cup at a time until it's exactly how I like it).
- I usually skip the rosemary or just add a pinch (that's a bold flavour that not everyone likes).
- I also just add a pinch of thyme instead of a whole teaspoon or skip it altogether.
- I have never added cilantro to the soup.

Enjoy!

So, do you like to cook?

48 comments:

  1. I love to cook and find "home made" food far more flavorful and healthy. I will definitely be trying your soup recipe. I tend to only eat soup made from scratch as I haven't ever found a prepared soup that is edible. I, too would leave out the cilantro. I am not a big fan and use it in very few things.

    Don't you find that most women have evolved to "not liking or wanting to cook"? OR is it just where I live. I would say the majority of my friends say they used to cook when the kids were still at home but eat out most of the time now. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law eat EVERY meal out. I am not kidding...EVERY SINGLE MEAL.

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    1. I don't think it's only where you live; I know women here that don't like or want to cook. And eating out for every meal? OHMYGOSH...no way! I could never do that. No matter how tasty it is, there is a distinct "not homemade" taste to restaurant food. It's just not the same. And meals don't have to be long and complicated. When I was working full time as a single mother, I prepared meals that didn't take too long to put together.

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  2. I enjoy cooking nice food but time pressures mean I don't cook as much as I would like to. When I retire, I'll indulge more of my taste for cooking.

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    1. That'll be a whole new lifestyle for you! Things to look forward to in your retirement years.

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  3. I'm going to try that recipe when it cools down. I like how you have made it your own, so to speak, with modifying it the way you have.

    No, I don't like to cook, LOL. I can follow a recipe and it will come out "okay" but I don't have the passion to cook. Hubby and son do so I let them do the cooking when they can (otherwise I plan incredibly easy things for me to cook :)

    betty

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    1. I think you'll find this recipe so easy, Betty, that you won't mind preparing it. And it's so delicious! My husband cannot stand cooking, so do all of it...and in exchange he does all the car stuff, including putting gas!

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  4. No, I don't like to cook. I wish I did like it. I cook occasionally and Larry can cook some too. I have made lentil soup in the past. Your recipe sounds delicious!

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    1. I think you'll like this one, Tina. And it's so easy to prepare!

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  5. Some of my best dishes come with what ever I have on hand.

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    1. I often do that, too, and you are so right...some great meals come out of it!

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  6. I don't mind admitting I do not enjoy cooking, and as a result no one is going to boast about anything that comes out of my kitchen, except something I purchase. HAHAHA

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    1. HAHAHA! I love your answer...and your honesty :)

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  7. Looks a great recipe idea ...
    Yes I love to cook and I always think recipes are to be shared and enjoyed. Also a little tweak here and there to suit your particular taste often works so well too ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Tweaking is something I do all the time; it makes the dish just perfect!

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  8. I love sweet potatoes too. The only kind of homemade soup I've made is sweet potato soup.

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  9. I cook, like it or not, I have to eat :-)

    Because I like you (sometimes bhouhaha) I'll try your soup and I let you know how it turn out, in comments for weeks...

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    1. You don't sound happy, Richard. LOL... Do you not like lentils?

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  10. thanks for sharing, will save and try it thanks! I do like to cook, baking's another matter.

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    1. I think you'll really like this one, Christine. It tastes so good!

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  11. I like to cook but I don't do anything fancy. I do make curried carrot soup and a ginger carrot soup. they are very good but a lot of work.

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    1. Simple meals are the best because they can be prepared and enjoyed very quickly. I don't make very many fancy meals either because of the time required.

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    2. That's great, shortybear. Perhaps you can share a favourite dish!

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  12. Recipe sounds really good and will definitely try it out. I love to cook and I always prefer fresh foods and herbs. I have a difficult time following recipes though. I like to use the smell, taste and intuition method of cooking. (I'm probably channeling my grandmother when I cook)!

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    1. What a great comment, Toni! I love that about channeling your grandmother. I think I hardly ever stick to the original recipe. Tweaking is a way of making it your own!

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing your lentil soup recipe! This really sounds like a winner. Next time it's my week to cook, I'll have to give it a try! I do not like cooking, unless I can do it in the most time-efficient manner possible. I love efficiency, so if I can incorporate something I love into cooking, it makes it a lot more enjoyable. I do love food too...but... :D

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    1. You're welcome, Bethany! I didn't forget that I'd promised I'd share it. I actually had a reminder on my calendar about it. This one is very quick and easy, and the results are great. Most of my meals are time-efficient, too, because it's more enjoyable that way. Preparing long and complicated recipes all the time is not much fun. Double or triple the recipe and freeze the rest!

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  14. Thanks for the delicious soup recipe Martha, I'll copy it and make it soon. I've loved cooking different bean and pea soups this year from scratch. Have you tried freezing it for later?

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    1. Absolutely, Linda! This is perfect for it. I make large batches of this soup (and all my soups) and freeze for later. In fact, I double or triple recipes many times for instant dinners later on!

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  15. Yes, I do love to cook! This recipe sounds really good and I like that lentils cook pretty quickly, unlike regular beans. I love rosemary, not sure about the cilantro in this recipe though, I would have to give it a taste. Sometimes that little unexpected ingredient really changes the dish. Thanks for sharing Martha!

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    1. You will really enjoy this one. And you'll tweak it to suit your taste buds!

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    1. HAHA! You had me going there for a moment, Adam :)

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  17. I enjoy cooking and nearly always cook at home, we rarely eat out of get takeaway. Home cooked tastes better! But it is more work.

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    1. It is more work but it's the price to pay for healthier and tastier food!

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  18. Do you not like cilantro? It is one of my favourite tastes. I add it to a lot of things. I is even in my coleslaw that I am eating right now. :-)

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    1. I don't mind cilantro but not everyone will eat it, so I leave it out. There are some flavours that aren't well received by everyone!

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  19. Do I like to cook? Oh yeah, just a little bit. I also like to bake, just a little bit.

    Speaking of which, it's Saturday morning (nearly four now), and I'm soon to bake ... followed by cooking.

    Soup sounds delish. I am a lentil fan as well.

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    1. I thought of you when I uploaded this post! And Jan, too. She's another one that enjoys cooking. Saturday morning here and I just finished a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I was going to go walking but I'll save it for this evening. Today I will continue to pack some of my daughter's stuff. She'll be moving into her new apartment next weekend!

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    2. A little too fast. All done for today. All my daughter's stuff is packed and ready to go. Seems so sad in there now...

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    3. Bittersweet?

      My day is done too :-) Tim spent the afternoon out gaming at a friends house and I worked more on digging, ditching and donating. Loved it.

      Catch you on email.

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    4. It is very bittersweet but I encourage my girls to go live their lives. I like that they have the courage to do that.

      Digging, ditching and donating...I love those three D's!

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  20. Not really. I guess it's just gotten to the point where I don't have the time, energy or kitchen to be able to master anything. I can throw a hotpot or stew together in winter and make salads and micro meals in summer. That's about it.

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