RE: Soup Recipes
Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:53 AM
I'm looking for some good soup recipes using lentils, root vegetables and beans. Can you guys share your favorites with me?
Sure - dice the root veggies into chunks of similar size (whether you want 1/2 inch or 1 inch chunks, whatever, just make sure they're all about the same size so they cook evenly). We cook the beans separately (we usually do several meals' worth of beans at once then package into 'meal' size portions in the fridge so we can grab them at will). Veggie stock and/or water (if you use water, you'll want to add aromatics like onion, celery, garlic, etc, the stuff you'd use to make stock yourself). Bring to a boil and add root veg chunks. Bring temp back up then simmer until the veggies are about halfway done. Then add the lentils - do about half the amount of lentils you'd use if you were cooking them by themselves so that they don't overwhelm the soup. Continue simmering until veggies and lentils are done. Add beans and just heat through for a minute or two. No real "recipe" - we just mix and match whatever ingredients we've got on hand. We usually pick either lentils or beans rarely both. And, we generally also pick a grain of some sort to add - quinoa, brown rice, barley, etc. That way it's got everything right in one pot. Same type process with the grains - add about half what you would normally add for the amount of liquid (so if you'd do rice at 1 cup rice to 2 cups water, and you've got 4 cups of liquid in the soup, you'd do 1 cup of rice). The key, really, is to know about how long the veggies take to cook. Because then you work backwards from that. If it takes 30 minutes to cook all the root veggies, and it takes 20 minutes to cook the quinoa, then you'd let the veggies simmer for 10 minutes then add the quinoa. That way it's all done at the same time.