Striking fear into the heart of the carnivore since its inception in the olden days. The connotations associated with serial lentil eaters: translucent skin, weak limbs, chronic halitosis and some sort of vitamin deficiency, are not without merit. I am certainly walking proof of this. But, this soup is super (soup-er?...sorry...) nutritious and very filling. Also, it’s easy to make and serves about twenty seven, so it has good store-and-reheat value.
Here’s what to do:
1. Get a load of carrots and grate them all up.
2. Put some herbs and spices1 in a big pan with some olive oil on a gentle heat.
3. Pour in a litre of vegetable stock.
4. Add 300g of split red lentils2 and the grated carrot.
5. Tricky bit, leave it for 20 minutes.
6. Put it all into a food processor or better still, use a hand blender if you live in a Jetsons style fantasy future cottage.
7. Eat it with some bread.
You will be a much healthier and better person if you eat this instead of McDonalds or any other processed meat. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this meal.3
1 Whatever you have, but so much the better if you have chilli flakes, tarragon or coriander as these go nicely.
2 Other lentils are available.
3 Except for the kitten I kicked to death.