The last few days have been deceivingly sunny. I look outside and there is no snow, the sun is shining, and for a minute I think it could be spring. I run out to the mailbox without my coat. Nope. It’s still winter. The weatherman reports the highest temperature we’re going to see this week is 32 degrees. Guess what that means? We are having soup for lunch. Hearty, warming, perfect-for-wintertime soup.
I have made lentil soup a lot of different ways, but this is elevated as my favorite. Tim agrees and he firmly told me to “put this on my list” of his favorites as his big complaint is that I often forget about his favorite foods and don’t repeat recipes enough. You see, he grew up in a house that had a 5-7 recipe rotation so he finds comfort in repeated meals. Unfortunately (for him only), I can’t imagine making one of the same meal two weeks in a row, let alone all the meals be the same. I am, however, going to work on repeating his favorites more often, because two or three times a year may not be enough.Print
Here is what Meghan’s lunch plate looked like:
Lentil soup, unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon stirred in, and organic jack cheese. She ate all the cheese and a little apple sauce. Didn’t try the soup. I hate when she won’t even try something, especially since she has eaten and liked lentil soup before. Most likely she wasn’t that hungry since she didn’t eat much applesauce and that is one of her favorite things in the world.
I have received a few emails from readers asking how I manage to make homemade things for lunch and dinner. One thing I’d like to point out is that certain things, like soup, only require work one day and then you have lunch for the next day or two already prepared. Other days our lunch include quick sandwiches, like this one with mashed banana and tahini. Also, soups can often be thrown together quickly and then they just need time to simmer. The day I made this soup, I started it when Meghan was having her mid-morning snack. I was still working when she finished her snack, but she was happy to play along side me while I finished throwing the ingredients in the pot.
The soup was finished before it was time to eat, so I just turned the heat to the lowest setting until we were ready for lunch. Preparing healthy, real food isn’t as difficult as you might think. It is something I care deeply about, and I found that once I made it a priority, it became easier to create the time for it to happen.