Let me just put this out there before I go on any further: this lentil soup definitely wouldn’t win a beauty pageant. Ahem. I’ll leave it at that.
I made a huge batch of this stuff last week and ate it at least once every single day, without fail. I’d just come back from my time in Toronto and was having a hard time fighting off my jet lag – not to mention my return to ‘real life’ responsibilities – and I just did not feel like putting any thought or effort into my food. Nor did I feel like leaving the house to buy groceries. So once the ingredients I needed to make my noodle bowls ran out, I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I knew that if had too many meals that consisted exclusively of buttered toast, I wouldn’t be doing myself any favours. And so, in an attempt to get my life together, I turned to an old favourite from back in my student days: the humble lentil soup.
There’s always this strange period of what I like to think of as ’emotional jet lag’ when I come back from visiting my friends & family in Toronto. It’s so easy to fall back into old, comfortable ways.
Although I’ve got a routine that I love here in Holland, I guess it’s fresher so it doesn’t seem to come back as naturally. It can’t compete with 20+ years of Toronto-learned muscle memory!
And of course, jet lag doesn’t help. I’ve got a few freelance projects that need my attention and that I’ve been so incredibly slow to get through! Fortunately I seem to be back in the swing of things now… Because seriously, very few things are as discouraging in life as realizing that it took you an hour to do what would usually take you 15 minutes!
Basically, this soup was my anchor last week as I slowly found my ‘normal’ again. And it also stopped me from consuming my weight in butter – which I’ve regretfully learned my body can’t handle the way it used to! But it would also be delicious if you totally had your life together and simply wanted a big batch of something warm, hearty and comforting to get you through your day.
This lemony lentil soup is easy and cheap to make in big batches, and is packed with hearty flavour, bright zesty lemon, and protein to boot!
I dice the potatoes a bit more thickly than I usually would so that they take about as long to cook as the lentils, but I'm not too picky about precise cooking time. If the potatoes are soft and the lentils aren't, I let everything cook longer - ultimately, you won't notice overcooked potatoes once everything is blended, and the same holds for overcooked lentils.