As I was walking today, I overheard someone making the comment: “I love having seasons.” As I was enjoying the 70 degree sunny, fall day, I thought to myself, I love seasons too! While I do have prefer warm weather to cold, I love how I am able to experience four unique seasons each year. My least favorite season, winter, still has much to offer, such as the beautiful crystal white snow that falls from the sky each January, or that full mug of hot chocolate I get to enjoy after a full day of snowboarding. Plus, winter allows me to become even more excited and appreciative of my favorite seasons, spring and summer.
As the summer fades away and fall rolls on in, I am determined to make the best of it. And so far, my optimism has been a success. The leaves on the trees have been astoundingly beautiful! Definitely gives me something to be happy about.
In the light of the oncoming cold days this fall season, I decided to experiment with lentils and make some tummy-warming soup. The recipe is simple yet delicious…one of the best combinations for a college cook. Feel free to use dried lentils if available. For the sake of time and convenience, I opted for canned.
Quick & Easy Lentil Soup (serves 4 as an appetizer, 2-3 as a main meal)
-1 medium onion, chopped
-8 celery stalks, chopped
-2 medium carrots, sliced
-1 15 oz. can of lentils
-4 cups water or vegetable broth
-2 bay leaves
– 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-Dash of balsamic vinegar
In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the bay leaf, onions, celery, and carrots and saute until onions are transparent and carrots are almost tender. Add the vegetable broth, lentils, and salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes to let the flavors melt into each other. Remove the bay leaf, adjust the salt, and add a dash of vinegar to the pan.
I paired the soup with one of my favorite grains: Buckwheat. Buckwheat has a nice nutty taste and is great simply seasoned with a little olive oil and S&P.
-Now I’m off for a run to enjoy this beautiful weather! Fall loves to tease me with these oh so perfectly warm days 🙂