Eat! #4 Marney Soup

In time for Mothers Day.  May happiness be in the heart of Earth Mothers everywhere.  May we nourish and be nourished through our offerings.

This week my friend and colleague Chef Marney White offered one of her healthy (and awesomely easy) recipes for Mystic blog readers to enjoy, and I scooped it up!

This is Marney’s lead in: 
“It’s got 5 ingredients, is high-fiber, high protein, and very low fat.  It’s also ready in about 45 minutes!  Freezes great, if you want to make a double batch and freeze ahead in 2-portion servings, as I have always done. Enjoy…”

The experience of sharing food is one of the most powerful communications we humans can indulge in.  How we create our meals is just one way of doing it. 
Thanks Marney! 
Main Meal

Pumpkin Red Lentil Soup
By Marney White, from her 1999 cookbook, “Healthy Body, Happy Life”
3 qts vegetable stock
1 lb. dried red lentils (which are actually orange in color)
1 16 oz can pumpkin puree
¼ c onion, chopped and pureed
¼ c celery, chopped and pureed
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbl olive oil

Warm a 6 qt stock pot, and add oil.  Add onion and celery and sauté. Add lentils, then vegetable stock.  Cook over medium heat until lentils have broken down and become soft.  If necessary, add up to a 4th quart vegetable stock until soup is at your ideal consistency. (It’s better when thicker.)  In the last 10 minutes of cooking, now on low heat, stir in the can of pumpkin puree and add salt and pepper to taste.

Add ins
Soups are amazingly versatile.  Do you have a cooked grain on hand? Using the soup as a “sauce” can make a substantial meal for a hungry appetite.  Legumes and grains go well together! Use your imagination…
Sage advise for the day
Healthy home cooking can be easy – let all thoughts of kitchen drudgery dissolve. 
Hearty soups = less pots and pans = easier still.
Make one pot meals a kitchen mainstay and you’ll save all sorts of time and effort, plus you’ll have many more reasons to stay close to hearth and home where your own good nourishment lives.

Bon appetit!
What’s on your plate?
PS – visit Marney for more good things to eat – and check out the the desserts from this award winning chef. Awesome!  and
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