Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

It’s that time again – New Year’s Resolutions!

We’re 22 days into the new year and the diet commercials are on every major network, popping up in Facebook ads, magazines, you name it there is a diet out there for you (or so they say).

I don’t particularly care for New Year’s resolutions, as I feel as though you’re setting yourself up for failure, especially when it comes to weight loss and food.  I already have enough focus on what I eat day-in-day-out living with Celiac Disease.  Sometimes I feel as though I’ve placed so much attention on what I eat it feels as though I have an eating disorder.  I makes me a bit neurotic at times to be honest.  I don’t have the liberty of eating anything I want anymore.

Just before the end of the year you may have read my tweets and Facebook posts, I decided to attend a 10-day health immersion where I would be learning about eating a plant-based diet.  I was not a believer in eating a plant-based diet, far from it.  I love bacon, baked goods and good-ol home cooked Southern food.  But I took the leap of faith and went on a journey for ten days.

Imagine the setting of Naples, FL late October perfect 75º weather.  Beach front accommodations – It was the perfect (I live in Austin, TX and totally landlocked – I miss the ocean so much)!  I got to frolic in the sand and dip my big toe in the ocean, ride a bike with wind blowing over my face ever so gently.  Sound fantastic right?  It was and thank goodness, as the first few days of the immersion were really quite difficult (so glad I had my own room & wasn’t sharing).  I’d been traveling for work most of the summer and into early fall and arrived in Naples after having spent five glorious days in New York City (yes I ate my way through the city knowing I was headed to the immersion).

Florida Sunset

Not to bore you with the details but I basically learned how to eat a plant-based diet which includes more than just salads.  The biggest challenge for me that I am struggling with now back home is the “no oils” but I was armed with a set of tools that showed me how to carry out this into the dishes I would be cooking when I returned home.  Cut to the chase – this is my 1st recipe post immersion and I’m very happy with the results – Red Lentil Curried Soup:

Let’s spoon – It’s the perfect soup for this chilly weather we’ve been having!  I hope you enjoy this healthy soup as much as I have (its lick the bowl good) and I’m looking forward to more adventures in the kitchen learning how to cook without dairy, sugar, oils and meats (I still may eat some pork from time to time and a good filet)!

Red Lentil Soup

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10 Comments

  • 30+ Must Have Soups For Fall — LocalSavour

    26.09.2014 at 11:44

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    • Rachelle

      30.09.2014 at 12:21

      Thanks for including me in our your 30+ Must Have Soups For Fall Elizabeth! Great list!

  • Anne | The Chef's Wife

    06.02.2014 at 11:33

    OH, wow…. that VIEW! Heavenly.

    We decided a number of years ago to try having “vegetarian” meals at least once a week, just to cut back some on meats … for health reasons. We haven’t been good at sticking to that long term … this was a good reminder that I need to look for more great recipe to try and get back to that. We love meat too but trying meatless meals is fun too if you are able to find some that are tasty and are most likely healthier. 🙂

    Hope it goes well for you … will be interesting to see if you feel better.

    • Rachelle

      07.02.2014 at 06:06

      Anne: It was and I wish I was back there as we having 20-30 degree weather here in Austin. The ocean grounds me in such a way, the tide coming in and out, the feel of the sand in between my toes – It’s heaven for me. Shifting to a vegetarian lifestyle is hard, I am certainly struggling with it now I am home. My brother is a chef and we live together and lately he’s been in a bit of a meat comma as he purchased a new smoker. As you can imagine he’s smoking everything which includes ribs, pulled pork, brisket & more! Coming off the immersion and returning home to this has been challenging.

      I think for me anyway, the best way to make these changes is to take it one dish at a time. I had my brother smoke onions, tomatoes and mushrooms for me. These are things I really like and I’ve found ways to create main dishes out of them or even just eat them in combination with one another (I so love smoked/roasted onions and tomatoes together). It is also about not being afraid to try new things. Get in the kitchen and play which takes time and god knows we never leave ourselves enough time (I am horrible about this but slowly getting better).

      I am excited as to where this is going to lead me. I am ok with moving at a slow pace and the weight slowly coming off vs. diving into this in such a way that I don’t think is physically or emotionally healthy. I already focus on what I eat daily with living a gluten-free lifestyle, I am trying to find the happy balance with making these changes as well. I do like the way I feel however with the changed eating habits and that’s the most important part! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog/commenting!

  • Jackie Patti

    04.02.2014 at 21:48

    I have never tried red lentils; do they taste significantly different than brown lentils?

    • Rachelle

      07.02.2014 at 05:57

      No I don’t think so, I think it’s a more subtle difference really. I love using red lentils for soups, but I also use black and brown lentils. It’s really more about what I have in my house at the time and what I am intending to cook (e.g. Indian Curry dish or soup)

  • Betsy @ Desserts Required

    03.02.2014 at 12:48

    This soup looks delicious and one I look forward to trying!

    • Rachelle

      04.02.2014 at 12:51

      Thanks Betsy!! Just took a peek at your website and OMG those desserts sure do look pretty scrumptious!!

  • Lisa C

    23.01.2014 at 04:56

    This sounds great, Rachelle, and congratulations for staying on track with what you learned! With minus 25 degree temps yesterday, this soup looks like a winner! I’m not a big wine drinker (if you have a suggestion for a decent organic wine, I’m open to suggestions) but I was thinking that I could try some coconut water or milk instead, and have a red lentil coconut curry soup!

    • Rachelle

      23.01.2014 at 05:39

      Lisa – Thanks yes it’s been chilly here in Austin as well. Adding in coconut water or milk would be perfect actually if you want to stay away from the wine. Whole Foods and other retailers carry organic white wines – I have a few favorites:

      Sokol Blosser Vineyards Evolution, 15th Edition – $15.00
      Frog’s Leap Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc $18.00

      At this price point they’re a little expensive to cook with – sometimes I use an entire bottle. But if you have a Whole Foods in your area check with the wine department as they’re very knowledgeable and point you in the right direct, as well as other wine shops. Let me know if you whip up the recipe and add the coconut milk to it and how it turns out as I might just make that too . . .Enjoy & thanks for reading my blog!

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