Last week I posted the salmon tacos picture on my Instagram and I decided to hashtag (#) NoMeatFriday… little did I know it was already a thing. Of course… I really should have know; but regardless, I started looking through the pictures on Instagram and I noticed a theme: sushi and ceviche. Most people were posting pictures of sushi and ceviche, which got me thinking…
What can I cook that is delicious, nutritious and meet the #NoMeatFriday criteria (which is really just: no meat) !?
Light bulb moment occurred after standing in the kitchen for about 30 minutes: Lentils! Yes, lentils… Most people would say, “Ewww! gross lentils,” and most people used to include myself until my mom changed my mind with her delicious recipe. Her recipe has not only made me a believer, but many of my cousins, and both of my siblings. In my last post, I sort of touched on the fact that I was a picky child… Picky is an understatement, my mom would say. I would have never tried lentil soup as a child, it is a pretty ugly meal… (I tried really hard to make the pictures as delicious and pretty as I could) But again, like I mentioned in my previous post, I have grown up. Willingness to try new foods has definitely been a great bonus to growing up. But enough of me… here is the recipe:
- lentils – 1 lb bag
- 6 eggs
- 1 tomato
- 1/6 of an onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp Knorr Tomato Seasoning
- 1 handful of cilantro
1. Rince and drain the lentils. Then transfer the lentils to a large pot. Add at least twice the amount of water as lentils. Add the eggs to the pot to cook with the lentils. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Add a dash of salt, reduce heat, and let it simmer.
2. Once the lentils and eggs are cooked, remove the eggs from the pot and allow eggs to cool, so you can remove the shell. Set aside.
3. Add tomato, garlic clove, onion, and Knorr tomato seasoning, and 1 cup of water to a blender. Blend until liquid.
4. In a large saucepan, add a bit of canola oil (enough to cover the bottom the saucepan) and allow oil to heat up. Then add the tomato liquid to the heated oil saucepan. Allow the tomato liquid to cook. Once it begins to boil, add the cooked lentils and the unshelled hard boiled eggs. Stir in the cilantro and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
5. Serve and enjoy! Side note: add 1 egg to each serving.
And there it is folks, easy-peasy! I like to add some Mexican lime juice to my soup, it might be a Mexican thing (adding lime juice to most things) but it sure makes the soup taste more delicious!