Red Lentil Soup


I filled my car up with gas today. 

Shut the front door!  I can't believe the price of gas. 

Well, actually, I can't believe the price of most things these days. 

At the risk of sounding like my parents, I remember when I could ride the ferry for a dime.  Yes, a dime.  And I remember walking down to the 7-Eleven with my mom's 5 dollar bill in hand to buy milk, coffee cream, a bag of potato chips and some licorice.  I also remember walking to school in snow up to my waist.  In the middle of a snowstorm.  Five miles.  Both ways.  All uphill.  Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration.

Gas, food, clothes.  Everything costs more these days.  

Especially food. 

And it's a challenge.  Eating healthy on a tight budget. 

A definite challenge. 

But, you know, my health and the health of my family is one thing I am not willing to sacrifice.  Certainly, healthy food can be expensive.  Raw nuts and seeds, soy milk, organic anything.  And a lot of the time these cost more than their less-than-healthy counterparts.

But healthy food can also be cheap.  Take lentils, for instance.  A bag of organic red lentils costs a couple of bucks.  Throw them in a pot with some water, a few veggies and some herbs.  A couple of hours later, you have a healthy dinner.  And the pennies you've saved can be spent on something else, like gas or a new pair of shoes. 

In this house, they are more likely to be spent on a bag of hemp seeds or a bottle of coconut oil.   In these days of increasing costs and tighter budgets, we all have choices to make.  I've chosen health. 

Oh, and I also have a soft spot for Harry Potter t-shirts... 

Red Lentil Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 ½ cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Put everything except the vinegar in a large pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 ½ hours.  Remove the bay leaf and add the vinegar.  Adjust the seasoning and serve.