One Pot Wonder
Why is it that the early fall brings such a bustle? Just when you feel the urge to get organized and on board with cooking healthy meals, your calendar protests! Although I do love to cook and spend time in the kitchen, sometimes all I can manage is a one pot, simple, time sensitive yet nourishing meal. I have my “go to” recipes for those nights, but I also take inspiration from wherever it comes.
There’s a cute little juice place—-that also serves soups, salads, sandwiches—near my daughter’s apartment. It’s “our place” in that we dash in for lunch whenever I’m in town visiting her. Pretty much EVERYTHING on the menu is healthy and yummy, which would explain why we keep going back….but we’re not making it very far into the menu since we both continue to order the same thing every time! You know the saying….”if it aint broke”….Well, recently Hubby went to visit our daughter and took her to “our place” and came home raving about the cauliflower lentil soup. Need I say more? I was all over that, starting with a quick impromptu visit to my daughter over the weekend to head to “our place” and order that soup. He was right! Delish! I’ve been thinking about it ever since! I have no idea what was in their soup—-but I nailed it on the first try! OK….it may not be so much like theirs, but my version is seriously good.
Not only do I like a one pot meal in terms of clean up, but when that one pot provides filling well rounded nutrition, then cravings are put on the back burner and energy soars….what’s not to like about that?
If you’re looking for a plant based source of protein, look no further than red lentils. Though they are small in size, lentils are rich in fiber and contain about a steak’s worth of protein! They are also packed with folate, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Red Lentils cook quickly and have a slightly sweet flavor making them a great choice for soups and stews. These small red lentils will break down in the cooking process bulking up the soup so that cream or other fillers aren’t necessary to thicken it up.
This recipe for cauliflower lentil soup is so good that I wanted to share it with you right away…..because everyone should have access to and be eating this soup ALL THE TIME. More good news: you can check off all the boxes on this soup. Nutritious, Delicious, Simple, Economic….light on prep, light on clean up….the list is endless and I can’t think of anyone I know that wouldn’t love a bowl of this stuff.