Yes, you read that right. Quick, easy, and healthy two ingredient lentil soup. This recipe will change your life for the better.
What? You don’t eat soup out of martini glasses, too? ;)
Lentils are a wonderful alternative to meat because they have lots of fiber, protein, iron, and vitamins and minerals. Plus — they are cheap! Perfect for those of us on a budget. Buying beans instead of meat at the store is my #1 tip for decreasing your grocery bill.
As you see in the photo I used pre-sprouted lentils, which just means they are dry lentils that were soaked in water for a few days (and then dehydrated to be packaged). Not only does this mean that they don’t have to be cooked as long, but did you know that sprouting lentils actually improves their nutrition? Regular lentils are deficient in two amino acids, methionine and cystine, but sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of ALL essential amino acids, including those two. Sweet!
Two Ingredient Lentil Soup
makes 2 servings
- 1/2 C sprouted dry lentils
- 2 C vegetable broth (low sodium if possible)
Add 1/2 cup sprouted dry lentils to 2 cups boiling vegetable broth. Immediately reduce to low heat, cover, and let simmer 15 minutes (or longer, depending how soft you want them), stirring occasionally. Enjoy!
I actually stumbled upon this recipe by accident — I was making a big batch of lentils last week to have on hand for quick healthy meals, ended up adding way too much veggie broth… and then discovered I had made the easiest lentil soup, ever! Feel free to add in some carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc., too! If you add carrots, you’ll want to add them in right when you put the lentils in so they have time to get soft. For things like celery and mushrooms, adding them in 5 minutes before the end will be fine.
Now that I know lentil soup is the easiest thing ever to make, I’m definitely never buying canned again!
What great recipes have you discovered by accident? Is there anything you make at home now that you always used to buy pre-packaged? Oatmeal is another thing I always make from scratch now — my Perfect [microwave] Banana Oatmeal is WAY more awesome than any instant oatmeal and just as easy :)