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Lentils, Lentils, the Magical Fruit...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

And you should know how that song ends. haha. I made soup for dinner tonight. It was a recipe from the Weight Watchers cookbook called Simply the Best. The recipe was for Lentil-Spinach Soup and it was really good. I never realized how much fiber there is in lentils. And let's just say that fiber and me do NOT react well. I think I'm going to need a gas mask for me and one for my little kitty. I have a feeling she won't sleep with me tonight.

So the meal took over two hours to make. I like to "prep" everything first, so that once I start cooking, I have some down time to clean-up. Otherwise I end up with this huge stack of dishes to do after I eat, which I hate. So I cried my way through the chopping of two onions. Not sure how to stop my eyes from burning during the process. I had to keep walking away to splash water on my face. Then I had to examine and "pick through" the lentils. Not sure what I was looking for (my friend said rocks or debris), but I did it. After that, the process was just throwing everything into a pot and stirring occasionally for the next hour.

The end result was very good, and I have leftovers for another three meals since it made four servings. It was actually pretty filling, too. Depending on how I feel after today's meal, I may eat it for dinner tomorrow again since I plan on going to the gym after school and won't have to cook dinner when I come home.

It was a healthful evening!

Tracking: (I miscalculated, so I had to add another pound to the "to go" side).
* Health: 0.4 pounds down; 110.6 to go

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  • CESAU5679
    Wow Theresa! Cool tip about onions. I hope to remember that.
    4108 days ago
  • no profile photo CD350167
    LOL!!! What a nice stress break you've given me today!

    I've heard that about potatoes also. My mom always added beano to her beans...it wasn't great, but my dad was much quieter, LOL!

    Peeling onions...can't help you. I just buy mine ready-chopped when I'm going to use them.
    4109 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3569674
    Try cutting a potato in half and cook it in with the lentils. For some reason this seems to take the gas out of beans and lentils.I think it has something to do with the potato skin. Just pull it out before you serve.

    I love all kinds of lentil/bean soups.
    4111 days ago
    Melissa - if you light a candle and sit it close to where you are cutting your onions - you won't have to cry anymore ! emoticon
    4111 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4423976
    You made me laugh! I love lentils and have a lovely recipe for carrot/lentil soup. You do adjust to the fiber, but it is a shock at first. Laughing. Great job!
    4111 days ago
  • FOX2566
    Good for you! That is a great step toward a healthier lifestyle. Thankfully bodies adjust nicely to fiber!!!
    4111 days ago
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