Winter is coming . . . (for all you Game of Thrones nerds out there), well, it’s officially here this Wednesday in the Southern hemisphere anyway. With the cold weather upon us I’m sharing my winter meal planner with a warm and hearty dinner recipe every day this week.
Today I’m kicking off with lentil soup, a firm favourite in our house. This one ticks all the boxes for my family; gluten free, vegetarian and low calorie, so we tend to have it on Mr.B’s fasting days. Of course it’s also nourishing, comforting and you can eat it on your lap whilst watching TV. I usually make a bit extra so I can have it for lunch the next day, or freeze a portion for some future emergency.
Lentils are high in protein and fibre and low in cholesterol and calories. Versatile and easy to prepare, they readily absorb all sorts of delicious flavours. They are a healthy staple in many different cultures and are a no-brainer for vegetarians, or anyone really. I use them a lot in all sorts of dishes.
This recipe is based on one from The Australian Coeliac magazine, but with a few of my own adaptations. Unfortunately they don’t have recipes on the website, so I can’t provide a link to the original. The secret ingredient is allspice, so don’t miss it out!