Cold, Rainy Winter Night

September 6, 2011

So I thought I was excited about fall.

But then the rain came. And it got cold. And now I would like summer back. Pretty, pretty please!!

Also, my nectarine Alex!

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[I ate the nectarine for a snack. It was not good.]

I wrapped up a lot of business at the bakery and then headed home to make a quick dinner.

This is a perfect example of how making something healthy can be cheap, easy and quick.

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Lazy Girl’s Lentil Soup

This soup is thrown together with pantry staples but tastes quite flavorful and is very filling. I’d recommend bacon (we didn’t have any!) or a dash of smoked paprika or Liquid Smoke for even more fun. Garnish with plain yogurt or sour cream!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups dried french lentils [you can use brown but they won’t be quite as flavorful or round. Red will turn to mush!]
  • 4 cups broth of your choice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh peppers or frozen
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder [I would maybe add even more!]
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala [sub in a mix of ginger/cinnamon if you don’t have this]
  • Kosher salt + black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Put all in pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to simmer.
  4. Cook for…like 20 minutes? Who cares! Till you feel like it.

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Serve with crusty toasted bread!

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Which would have been even better if we’d had butter and it hadn’t been a week old!

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Dark chocolate makes the evening complete.

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Not to sound creepy, but you have photogenic fingers! Mine are wrinkly and old :). Hi, Alex!

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2 KathEats September 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Ha!

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3 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Feeling the same way about the weather. Especially since I was umbrella-less… running to my car.. with pounding feet since it was my first day wearing heals after having the summer off. No fun. Summer & flip flops please.

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4 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Baha this recipe is great! I definetly will be trying this! Yum :)

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5 Keelie September 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Mmmm…. lentils…..

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6 Sweet and Savvy September 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’m in the same boat. Oh, sunshine, where did you go? :(

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7 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing September 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

So true — the perfect example of an easy, healthy dinner. Many people just don’t realize how un-complicated a delicious meal can be! :) Looks lovely for this autumn evening.

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8 Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! September 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’m still excited about fall, BUT we haven’t had the rainy weather like you! Here in MN, we had some lower temps over the weekend (60s), but now it looks like it’s going to get hot again! I’m ready for my apple cider and pumpkin beer!!

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9 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Crusty bread is the best — bummer about not having any butter!

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10 Liz @ Something To Chew On September 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I have to say…I love Alex’s shirt!

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11 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl September 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Yes, that bread looks so crunchy and delicious!! Yum! I forget about lentils in my pantry…need to move them to the front row!!

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12 Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I love his shirt!! That is SO my mantra!!

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13 Namaste Gurl September 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Mmmm, an indian inspired lentil soup. Looks super delicious. Next time I recommend topping with coconut butter (?) :)

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14 Connie September 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Honey, I love reading you, but… I live in Texas, the land of drought, 40+ days of 100+ temps and massive wildfires. I find myself immediately deleting the “please stop raining posts” without even reading.

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15 KathEats September 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I’m talking about charlottesville… where there are flood threats…not the world in general. Of course I would send all the rain in the world to Texas if I could.

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16 amanda September 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Amen. Everything is flooding here. My apartment flooded and filled with water on Sunday night, destroying a bunch of my stuff. We’re supposed to have 12-14 inches of rain once all is said and done.

Hope some of it heads your way, Texas!

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17 amanda September 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

“Here” being South Central PA, that is.

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18 Jillian September 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I live in Seattle. I would send you all my rain, all 9 months of it, Connie, and then you’d probably get pissed at me! :P

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19 Jen September 7, 2011 at 7:21 am

You can’t please everyone Kath can you?

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20 Melissa September 6, 2011 at 7:53 pm

“Cook for like 20 minutes?? Who cares!” Love. All recipes should be like this. And I will eat your week old bread any old day! :)

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21 Jillian September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Hee hee, I loved this, too- I like to imagine she had some extra beer while writing that :P

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22 Karen September 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

Hysterical! Exactly why my culinary specialty is soup – nearly foolproof!

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23 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Mmmm…perfect meal for the cold weather snap so many of us have had!

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24 kaila @ healthy helper! September 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I loooove lentils and peas together! I had that combo tonight for dinner!!!

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25 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Lentil soup is always the answer for cheap, easy and delicious. Oh and crusty bread is always a must with it! Dinner looks delicious!

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26 Emily September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

It’s chilly here too! I just put on yoga pants and fuzzy socks :)

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27 Kat @ Cupcake Kat September 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

“Save a cow, eat a carb” This is my new favorite phrase.

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28 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

oooh I made something similar for dinner last week! And yes – so very easy to prepare – but also oh so delicious!

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29 Katie @ Plates and Paste September 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’m a bit jealous of your cold weather if t makes you feel any better. FL is still sticky and humid…Love that recipe! I’ll have to try it one night…I’m definitely a lazy girl type of cook ;)

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30 Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I just posted about pantry staples today too…Trader Joe’s edition though :) I totally agree that in order to eat healthier, you have to have healthy ingredients around the house that can be easily converted into quick meals.

I am sweating while I’m typing this, we currently have a heat wave in SoCal, I wish it would cool down a little bit. Just a little bit…it’s still summer around here after all.

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31 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

immediately added this to my google docs recipe folder! Looks delicious! Well, anything with curry looks delicious to me!

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32 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 6, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I am ALL about easy and delicious and healthy. Sounds like a perfect meal to me! ;)

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33 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I have a package of ready-made vacuum-sealed lentils from TJ’s in my fridge. I now know exactly what I’m going to do with them :)

Isn’t it such a disappointment when the fruit you are excited to eat ends up bland/mushy? I shed a little internal tear every time.

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34 Jen September 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Can you use canned lentils or will they turn too mushy?

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35 Hillary September 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

“Cook for…like 20 minutes? Who cares! Till you feel like it.”

Best cooking instruction ever. Love it.

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36 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

i agree that dried FRENCH lentils are much more flavorful than the other variations. i am in the process of compiling easy weeknight fall/winter meals and will definitely add this one to the queue! thanks kath :)

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37 Kathleen September 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Dark chocolate + licorice make a few of my evening meals complete <3

Looks like a good recipe to keep tucked away for a lazy evening!

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38 Heather @ Better With Veggies September 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

How about just Fall, instead of summer. I think it did get a lot colder than normal Fall temps, so I think that’s what we’re missing. And the rain – I can always do without the rain. :)

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39 Molly @ RDexposed September 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I am a big advocate of yogurt in place of sour cream! I never have sour cream handy when I need it anyways.

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40 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Crusty bread, warm soup & dark chocolate … perfect meal.

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41 Sana September 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I wish we could have a decent transition between seasons, but no :(

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42 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Yes on the red lentils turning to mush! I learned that years ago…the hard way. I thought 20 mins meant 20 mins no matter the type of lentils. WRONG! That’s why I only use french/green now b/c I cannot stand the mush factor!

“Cook for…like 20 minutes? Who cares! Till you feel like it. ” <– THAT's my style too :)

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43 Ellie@fitforthesoul September 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Mmmmm the lentils look so delicious!! It really does remind me of Fall. It’s a little chilly here in socal at NIGHT only, but it still feels so summery through the day. Interesting to see all these different parts of just ONE country.

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44 lynn @ the actor's diet September 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

lentils n chocolate would be a good name for a blog!

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45 Emily September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I love how easy and full of flavor that soup is! I am going to spend probably triple the time making a soup tomorrow…but I always do that when I make a soup, something about the chopping and dicing I get all caught up in :) Hope you have a good night, and I’m praying for summer to come back, too!

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46 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds September 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

That shirt makes me happy—>”Save a cow, Eat a carb.”

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47 Katie September 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

This made me laugh: “Cook for…like 20 minutes? Who cares! Till you feel like it.” :-D

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48 Maria September 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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49 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I made lentil “soup” from water the other day because I didn’t have any broth ;) I’ve got the lazy aspect in the BAG

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50 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ah, I felt the same way here in Boston today! The breezy weather was so nice and refreshing… then the cold, damp rain came. BOOO!

That lentil soup looks amazing! I wish I liked lentils… they are so good for you. Peas, I adore.

Almost the weekend! Kinda :-D

<3 The <3 chcolate

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51 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I have bittersweet feelings about fall being here too… I change my mind every day. Needless to say, that lentil soup looks very good! And easy too which is a plus!

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52 Angel7 September 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I <3 sour cream!!! It is my absolute fave garnish!!! I actually found a humungous 3 lb. container of it, and was so excited. Now I do not have to keep buying the 16 oz. containers of it.

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53 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I like the lazy girl way!!

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54 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Yeah, this morning’s run made me miss summer morning runs..but I still love, love this weather!!

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55 Khushboo September 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Love yogurt with savoury meals and the hot/cold contrast- so refreshing!

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56 Lindsay @ bikingbefore bed September 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Lentil soup always reminds me of cozy nights by the fire in my parents house.

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57 Brooke (Tea & Tofu) September 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Sounds easy-peasy and delicious – what’s not to love? :-) Thank you!

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58 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I made some Indian-spiced lentils too. Love how easy and filling they are. All that good protein and fiber. :)

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59 Cait's Plate September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE lentil soup – and if I had that bread on the side I would absolutely love it even more.

And I know, I hear you about Fall. I was SO excited, but this rainy chill is not what Fall is all about! I was definitely missing summer a little bit too today…

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60 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Lentil soup is so comforting. And adding bacon? Yes, please!

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61 Hannah September 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Is it odd that I think that soup is SO PRETTY?!

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62 Marie@feedingfive September 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Couldn’t agree more. I am always frustrated when people talk about how pricey eating healthy is. I cook soup a ton (even in the heat), it’s the best way to stretch your dollar.

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63 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

those simple lentils sound very comforting. the bread looks like toasty bliss… and you can’t go wrong with Chocolove <3

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64 Michelle Hunt (PeachyPalate) September 7, 2011 at 2:11 am

I love lentils! Warm curried lentils and goatscheese salad on the menu for tomorrow! What was wrong with your peach?!

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65 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

Yum I love lentils! I’ll have to put this on my ‘to make’ list :)

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66 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 7, 2011 at 3:27 am

I LOVE this cold, dreary weather. I’m kind of morbid? haha

Lentils have been on my crave-list practically all summer. I need to make a batch ASAP. Such an underrated legume!

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67 Amy September 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

No way, I love this moody weather. I hope it never leaves us!

Thanks for the soup recipe – sounds super easy and delicious. I never know what to do with lentils. (Guess I do now!)

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68 Johanna B September 7, 2011 at 7:12 am

Nothing better than curry and lentils on a cold rainy evening.

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69 Shana September 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

Love garam masala! It has such a subtle sweetness!

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70 Lara @ TresLaLa September 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Must.buy.Liquid.Smoke. That is all.

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71 Angela September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Do you prefer to use chicken or veg broth with this recipe?

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72 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I actually prefer the taste of veggie

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