Delicious Red Lentil Soup Recipe

A frequent meal for one (though easily split into two or more servings as a side to a meal), this is my recipe for a friendly Red Lentil Soup.

I do a lot of recipe reading and, more often than not, folks recommend soaking lentils overnight. I don’t know if I’m lazy or what, but I have never soaked red lentils. You’ll want to add these lentils dry.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes (I use 3 tsp of Better Than Bouillon)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (or butter)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

First I combine the water and lentils in a pot and start bringing to a boil. While that is happening I chop my onion and in a separate pan, I heat the olive oil  and add the onion there. I cook onion over medium for about 3 minutes (until onions start becoming translucent). Add garlic to onion and heat for another minute or so, remove from heat.

Your lentils might be boiling now. Because of the starch in the lentils, once it begins boiling, it might have some foam formation on the top. Skim this off with a spoon. Once this is done, add the onions and garlic to the lentils, as well as the bouillon, cover and simmer for 20 min.

After 20 minutes, the lentils should have broken down by this point. Go ahead and add the cumin and cayenne. I normally blend the soup with my stick blender to give it a smooth consistency but this isn’t needed. It’s perfectly delicious as is. Sometimes I like to add a dab of sour cream.




My Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

I’m a Mug Cake fiend. I’m single, I live by myself, and I’m lazy. I take meals for one to the next level. I’m always wanting sweets without going crazy. Since couch times are inevitable for me, I try to avoid buying boxes of cookies… It’s just bait for when I can’t behave. I don’t want to restrict myself too much though so, a personal mug brownie is exactly what the doctor ordered.

I’ve experimented with this a lot and I think I’ve come up with a good one. It’s fluffy, moist, and tastes like a good substitute. Did I mention that it’s vegan? It could probably also count as gluten-free depending on which pancake mix you choose. From time to time, I experiment to fit my mood by adding mixins such as goji/other berries, oatmeal, chia seeds, and even mini snickers bars.

I add dry ingredients to a mug, mix, then wet ingredients, and mix. Cook for 3 minutes in microwave on 50% power. Let sit for 1 minute. Enjoy 🙂

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (don’t pack)
  • 1/4 cup pancake mix
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water

There’s the Door

I found this door earlier in the month and noted,
“Sometimes, you find a door in an unexpected place”
in my journal.

When I look at this picture, I think… Things are more complicated than that… Sometimes the door is in a very expected place, you just aren’t paying attention.  Sometimes the door is so “right there,” you smack yourself in the face with it.

Sometimes, like with this door, you see it from a mile away but because it wasn’t where you expected there to be a door, you cautiously approach. You consider crossing the street to avoid the door due to some unexplained anxiety. You get so distracted by the door that the door is literally all you can think about.

I know, in actuality, that this door is just a piece of free trash left outside to rot in the rain.  It got me thinking about all of the opportunities someone might miss out on because of the fear of an unexpected/expected door.

So many doors I’ve left unopened in my life…  I didn’t even check if some were locked or not, I just quickly side stepped around them, content with what was on THIS side of the door.

I’m no longer content with this side of the door.