Soup with reds

Making my batch of soup and loaf of bread for the beginning of the working week. The habit of taking with me sometimes slips, then I make the mistake of going without or just taking a piece of fruit. So back to it.


Amounts to your liking, but in moderation. I like this soup with finely chopped vegetables and to not puree it at the end so that it is gritty. But you can make it however you want.

Finely chopped and diced:

Half an onion – red or white

One chunky clove of garlic.

Three good-sized carrots, peeled.

One large red apple, keep the skin on

Half a large sweet potato, peeled!

Plenty of red lentils.

Vegetable stock with water

Ginger, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika

Tblsp olive oil

Put all the ingredients together in a large pan on the hob,lid on top. Bring to the boil then low simmer until lentils are soft and mushy.

Serve with homemade wholemeal bread or cool down and put in tubs in the fridge. Then it’s as simple as remembering to take a tub with you every day to work and you feel chuffed you made the effort!

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Red Lentil Soup

Beans and pulses are good for us. Some of us more so according to our body types and temperament.  Some like to scoff at the good old red lentil, I just like to scoff it. Add it to anything like bolognese, lasagne, sauces.


You will need for four people:

I large onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 good-sized carrots

Olive or sunflower oil

A good dollop of red lentils

1 celery stick



1 bay leaf

Curry powder



Chilli flakes

(Ham or bacon is optional as is a spoon of plain yoghurt)

You can add chopped tomato (from a carton, not tin) and vegetable stock


Add the oil and chopped onions and garlic to your pan. Gently cook til golden.

Add the chopped vegetables, lentils and spices/herbs

Pour in enough water and stir a couple of times. Set on low heat to simmer for about ten minutes. Keep checking the expanding lentils and add water as required.  Cook for about 45 mins to an hour. It should be done.

Then the rest is up to you. How do you like your soup? Smooth, gritty as it comes out of the pan….you decide.