Homemade Veggie Lentil Soup

Living at home with my parents over the past year, I’ve been cooking a lot of new things and have definitely broadened my cooking skills. My latest success was homemade veggie lentil soup (well mostly it was a success – both my Mom and Dad had to add some extra salt to their bowls – they love their salt!). I tend to stay away from soup recipes that require veggie broth — I think it’s much better to make everything from scratch. I like this recipe because it’s dead simple and doesn’t require a lot of steps.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, 2 small potatoes
  • 2 crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 7-8 cups water
  • cilantro
  • turmeric, fresh green chillies, red chilli powder/flakes
  • lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Chop all the veggies, garlic, and cilantro. Crush the tomatoes in a blender.
  2. In a big pot, mix water, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and olive oil. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add potatoes, lentils, and crushed tomatoes after a few minutes.
  4. Simmer for about 25 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with fresh cilantro, turmeric, chillies, salt, pepper, and lemon. Lemon gives it a nice zesty flavour!
  6. Serve with a side dish (fish or chicken), or for a light lunch, with a baguette or crackers & cheese. Will serve up to four people (for a couple days LOL!).
  7. Enjoy!!
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Homemade Veggie Lentil Soup

Make Salsa, Not War

This afternoon I made some fresh tomato salsa, using my Mom’s recipe. Not sure where she got it from originally, but for as long as I can remember, we’ve been using it for enchiladas, burritos, and as a dip for tortilla chips. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tomatoes (roma or other)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 spanish onion
  • cilantro
  • salt
  • ground cumin
  • splash of lemon or lime
  • fresh green chillis, jalapeno, or red chilli powder (I use all three)

Directions:

Most of the ingredients are to taste so you’ll have to experiment a little, depending on how spicy you like your salsa. But basically, chop tomatoes and onions into big chunks, and blend all ingredients together (I use the magic bullet and it works great). Serve with lightly baked tortilla chips and enjoy!

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Homemade salsa, Mom’s recipe