We’re starting on a money diet tomorrow… we’ll be raiding our stock cupboard not our piggy bank, so to get in the groove of thinking financially slim, I’m going to make some soup. I love lentils and beans, I can’t resist the look of them, all round and smooth and shiny so I have bags and bags of them just sitting waiting.
My husband likes soup for lunch every day… well, he will have soup, and tomorrow he’ll have lentil soup. it’s been such miserable weather it will be just right to warm us up and make us feel virtuous because of how cheap it is!
lentils are edible pulses of the legume family, and they have been nourishing humans since earliest times and in fact they were one of the earliest crops eve grown by early people. They are quite hardy and tolerate drought, so they are particularly useful in countries which have problems with water shortage (not in our part of the world at the moment, where once again whole swathes of countryside are flooded)
Lentils come in a variety of colours, and there are many different sorts sizes and shapes, Spanish, French lentils, green/ black/yellow/tan/golden/blue and red lentils, red chief, Eston green, Richlea , Laird, masoor and Macachiados from Mexico… and many more. They are very high in protein, and many other dietary benefits including being high in iron! They are good for your heart, they are high in fibre, and may help to lower cholesterol! how healthy we shall be when we’ve had our soup!