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Spicy Brown Lentil Soup with Broccoli

The temperatures are slowly rising, the birds are chirping, and there are even signs of wildflowers starting to bloom in the backyard. All the same, soup still makes frequent appearances on my table and soups are even better when paired with salads, so you get the best of both worlds. …

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Hearty Vegetarian Beet Borscht with Lentils, Quinoa and Fresh Dill

Pretty much anytime I serve up a hearty bowl of borscht, I am again convinced it is one of the healthiest and most comforting soups to be enjoyed during the winter months. However, I enjoy it so much that I would never refuse a bowl, no matter the time of …

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Thai-Inspired Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup with Mixed Mushrooms

In the cold autumn and winter months, there is nothing quite like a creamy vegetable soup made up of root vegetables and earthy mushrooms, all simmered together with spicy Thai seasonings that initially tempt and then pleasantly linger on the palate. The lasting allure is beautifully tempered by the soothing …

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Turmeric Spiked Red Lentil and Spinach Dal

Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful healing and anti-inflammatory foods, which makes it convenient for those of us who like to cook Indian food that it is also such an essential ingredient in curries. Earthy, slightly bitter, and ranging from aromatic to pungent in taste, turmeric is difficult to …

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup with Mushrooms and Sumac

As the astonishing heat and humidity of the past few months seems finally to be settling down in southwestern Ontario, soups become more appealing. I always find the transition from blazing temperatures to cool ones quite an adjustment — a warming bowl of nourishing soup is solacing and comforting and …

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Spicy Lentil Patties with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Weekends are when I usually fuss around with slightly more complicated creations. Not that these spicy and flavorful little red lentil patties are really complicated, just a bit more time consuming than other dishes that I might make during the week. You don’t even need to pull out a food …

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Bisi Bele Bhath (Rice with Lentils and Spices)

This combination of rice, toor dal, vegetables and spices is essentially a south Indian variation of north Indian kitcheree — the classic one-pot meal — with the use of tamarind, coconut, aromatic spices and a tempering characteristic of south Indian cooking. The bisi bele spice mix is a rather unique …

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Ethiopian-Style Red Lentil and Okra in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

I haven’t been posting much because I have been making recipes that have already been documented in this space. That said, I do have a recipe to present that has been sitting in my draft folder for quite a while. That’s a shame, because it is a good one and …

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French Lentil Soup with Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Kale

It’s that time of year when soup is so often on the menu. Craving mushrooms, I came up with this nourishing soup that includes peppery Puy lentils for depth and substance, green kale for some extra earthy flavor, sun-dried tomatoes and a jalapeño for some tang and just a little …

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Lentil Salad with Rye Berries and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Canadian winters are cold, but there is always room for a salad to brighten up the table. Especially when you balance the earthy goodness of lentils with some chewy rye berries and toss in some sun-dried tomatoes, marinated onion, fresh herbs and a bit of spice. Served up on a …

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