I am reading some articles on nutrition these days to check "what´s new" as I need to be up to date with all the great findings on food nutritional facts and diseases and so on...my workshop is coming and must be ready to tell more and exciting stuff about how foods are the essential part of what we are....
This soup is all one needs for cold weather....high protein content, fiber...iron among other minerals...vitamins...I added some carrots to add some good betacarotenes and of course greens...never forget those greens...we need chlorophyl..loads of them!
For this recipe I have used the normal lentils (not a beluga nor the little cute orange lentils)....organic of course....unlike Tarifa, where I had a eco shop just under my house...now one must take the car in order to get to the eco shop....so not very happy about that but what can we do...just smile and take it as it comes, right??:-))
Legumes if not well cooked can give some "gas issues"..even when cooked and depending on your digestive tract it can give some gases, a good tip to avoid this is by adding cumin powder or even ginger as they are carminatives..meaning they reduce gas...
- 300g organic lentils (soaked in water over night)
- 2 carrots, organic
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 onion
- 2 tbs cumin
- 1 cup mineral water
- 2 tbs olive oil, extra virgin
- Juice of one lemon
- Sea salt
In a deep pan, add olive oil, chopped onion and garlic, then add cumin, stir for 5 minutes, add the carrots , stir another 5-10 minutes and add lentlis at the end. Stir for another 5-7 minutes and add water (if you have home made veggies stock you can add this instead of mineral water). Let cook for about 20-25minutes at medium heat. Take from heat when tender, make sure lentils are very tender in order to avoid bad digestions.
Serve into bowls and add more raw olive oil and lemon juice (remember, vit.C helps absorb better the iron within the lentils!)
Try it...it´s not just yummy but very very healthy....for those who need good quality proteins (vegetarian and vegan) don´t forget to add some cereal with your legumes to make sure you have you 8 essential aminoacids ...with lentils I usually take whole rice...it combines great! Enjoy!!!