Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mmmm. . .something smells good

Sometimes people just feel like eating a bowl of healthy goodness.  What that means is probably different for each person.  For me, it means a substantial bowl of filling soup, enhanced with colorful vegetables, and containing enough heartiness to be a meal.  A little bread and maybe a salad adds variety to the meal but isn't even necessary.

Lentils, brown rice, assorted vegetables, all in a tasty broth, fit the bill the other night.  Thankfully, there was enough left over for lunch the next day.  I could hardly wait.

Hearty Lentil Soup

6 cups water
5 teaspoons "Better Than Bouillon" base, any flavor
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup dried lentils
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
2 5.5-ounce cans tomato juice
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as "Tapatio"
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 celery rib, sliced

Combine first eight ingredients in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Stir in last four ingredients.  Replace cover and simmer 30 minutes more, until rice and vegetables are tender.  Makes about 7 1/2 cups, or 4 scant 2-cup servings.

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