I normally wouldn’t eat soup in the summer, but I’ve been feeling particularly stressed and under the weather lately. I needed something really homey and comforting, and this soup totally worked for me.
The lentils we had already cooked in vegetable broth the day before.
- Prep the rice. Put on 1 cup of wild rice to boil in three cups water. Once boiling, turn down the heat to simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until tender.
- Prep the rest of the soup. Finely chop about 7 small stalks of green onion, enough to make a handful when you’re done. Finely chop some fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, and/or rosemary. Loosely cut apart a few large pieces of kale and/or any dark leafy greens.
- Put it all together. When the rice is done, drain it and put half of it back into the empty pot. Pour in the other prepped ingredients, including 1-2 cups of the cooked lentils, and cover with water. Drop in a bouillon cube and let it cook for about ten minutes or until the greens are softened. (I used this kind of bouillon because I like the flavor, but any vegetable stock will do. If you don’t use bouillon cubes, you can use liquid stock instead of the plain water.) Sprinkle on a pinch or two of kosher salt and serve hot.
I love this meal because it’s so flavorful and gives you enough leftovers for a day or two. So if you’re feeling homesick or if you’ve got that weird cold/flu in the summer that inevitably happens to everybody, I’d definitely give this a try!
to me, thanksgiving (and any other holiday) isn’t about meat - it’s about friends, family, being together, food, and festivity.
people think that being veg*n is about giving up so much, when that’s not the case at all. we throw just as good parties without meat! this is just one of many ways you can bring that “spectacle” to a holiday party without having a big dead animal on the table. (it’s also one of the easiest ways to do this, without having to make tofu or seitan. it’s all vegetables and grains!)
try making multiple kinds of foods and serve them in squashes, it looks really awesome and everyone at our big party this weekend loved it.