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Winter Lentil Soup

January 29, 2013

It’s been a long winter. They always are. Long and dark. The darkness is probably the most challenging thing about living in Ireland, but it also makes us appreciate the light.

This soup is one of our latest favorites at home. When bubbling on the stove, hints of flavors from onions, carrots, cumin, curry and cinnamon fills the kitchen. And as you dig in you will immediately be struck by its creaminess, which is enhanced by the lentils.

Lentils are a great legume for a quick and easy meal because they cook in a very short amount of time and require no pre-soaking like other pulses do. They have a velvety texture and delicate flavour – perfect for purées and soups. They are low in calories, virtually fat free, but very filling because of their high fiber content.

In addition to providing the body with slow burning complex carbohydrates, lentils can increase your energy by replenishing your iron stores. They are one of the yummiest sources of folate (also know as folic acid) – just one cup of cooked lentils provides you with almost 90% of your daily recommended intake! Folate functions to support red blood cell production, helps prevent anemia and allows nerves to function properly.

This soup is a real crowd pleaser that will warm the hearts of anyone you serve it to, most importantly, yourself! It comes together in a snap yet is deeply flavorful. Just the thing for a cold night.

That’s it for today. Go make this soup now. And while it’s cooking on the stove top, why not check out my new online store!


Winter Lentil Soup

Vegan & Gluten-free
Serves 4


  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils (I used red split lentils)
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add the coconut oil to a pot over medium heat.  Add the yellow onion and sauté for five minutes, until translucent.
  2. Add the cumin, curry powder, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, and carrots and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.  Add the vegetable broth, lentils, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender. (If too much of the liquid has evaporated, you can add more vegetable broth or water).
  4. Use an immersion blender or high speed blender to achieve smooth consistency, if so desired. It also makes for a nice chunky soup. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Lentil Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

May 14, 2012

A tasty burger patty that’s high in fiber and folate and easy to prepare. Serve on a whole wheat bun or pita with your favorite toppings. Even meat-eaters will find this dish to be a delicious and hearty veggie option.

Lentil Burgers

Serves 8


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked green lentils
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seeds + 4 Tbsp. water
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup instant or regular rolled oats
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  1. Cook lentils and rice in 4 cups water for 35 minutes, simmering over low heat in a covered pan. Allow to cool.
  2. Mix the flax seeds and water together and let sit for about 15 minutes. (This will allow it to become sticky and will be a better binder for the patties.)
  3. Saute the onion in the oil in a pan over medium heat.  Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  4. Stir the onion and oats into the lentils and rice until mixed. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and cook on griddle or pan (may spray with non-stick spray) over medium heat, until nicely browned – about 6 minutes per side.


I know a lot of people are fond of their fries, but have you tried oven baked sweet potato fries? Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, these yummy vegetables provide some surprising health benefits. Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, B vitamins, potassium and even iron. Antioxidants abound in sweet potatoes, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. The beta-carotene and vitamin C in these tubers work together to rid the body of free radicals. Diabetics can even eat sweet potatoes without worry as they have a low glycemic index.

Sweet Potato Fries


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Coconut oil
  • Sea salt
  • Spices of choice (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F  (204° C).
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch strips or wedges. I like cutting them a little thinner so they turn out nice and crispy. I also leave the skins on.
  3. In a large bowl toss sweet potato wedges with coconut oil and spices. Be sure to cover all the potatoes.
  4. Arrange coated wedges on a baking tray and sprinkle with sea salt.  Place in oven for 30 minutes, turning once. Serve with ketchup or sauce of choice.

These dishes are a favorite in our house. We hope you enjoy them too!