Following soy and hemp, Lens culinaris has the highest amount of protein by weight compared to any legume or nut. This tasty bean comes in many shapes and colors and can be used in all kinds of things, from salads and soups to stews and pilafs.
In today’s video, I make a rich, satisfying, red lentil soup bursting with the warm flavors of cumin and cinnamon common in North African cooking. It’s incredibly easy, quick, and you can make it with just a few ingredients and spices. Further, while I love using my homemade vegetable stock—the basis for all my soups—you can easily use just plain water if you prefer.
(I’m pretty sure that’s what I did before I became obsessed with making veggie stock.)
And did I mention how inexpensive it is to prepare? The dried lentils cost only a couple of bucks, the water is from your tap, a few cents for the spices, and about three dollars’ worth of vegetables easily serves dinner for four or lunch for more. A dollop of sour cream or yogurt (non-dairy for vegan versions, or just omit) makes a perfect garnish along with a few chives or scallions. In this photo I’m using pretty purple radish microgreens I had picked up at the farmers’ market; it’s usually not quite that fancy on a Tuesday, just for the record.
(Alright, fine. It is, when I can find them. I adore microgreens.)
Anyway, check it out.
While the weather is finally warming here in New England, happily, I always enjoy my hot soups no matter the temperature outdoors. I hope you love this dish as much as I do!
Dr. P. K. Newby is a nutrition scientist and educator with expertise in the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases through diet and the relations between agriculture, food production, and public health. She brings together her passions for food, cooking, science, and sustainability through her writing and videos to help people eat their way towards better health, one delectable bite at a time. If you like what you see here at The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen, please subscribe to my blog from the home page, become a fan on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, check out my food porn on Pinterest, watch my cooking videos on YouTube, and peruse my recipe page for soups, salads, seafood, sweets, and more. Thanks for reading and watching!