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I bought some red lentils a long time ago and I kept looking at them and thinking what could I do with them. I found this interesting recipe here and I decided to try it yesterday. It was delicious, and the red lentils turn yellow after they are cooked!

I served the soup with zucchini-carrot garbanzo pancakes: I added some carrots for color and seasoned it with parsley, garlic powder, fennel seeds and sea salt.

If you are in an elimination diet please skip the cayenne pepper. I used ½ the amount of lemon. For a vegan version, please substitute the chicken stock by vegetable stock or water.

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We like to have lunch at the Whole Foods close to our house on Sundays: it used to be a Wild Oats and it still has that neighborhood kind of feeling to it. They recently added a variety of grains to the salad bar which is a very attractive feature. Black lentils and red quinoa came up as a combination of flavors that I got addicted to. I had some leftover red quinoa from the Tabbouleh I made last Sunday, so I decided to make this dish which turned out really good. It is very versatile. You can complement it with some braised dark greens, a protein, such as fish, or avocado slices. You can also drain the lentils and use them as part of a salad.

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Middle Eastern cuisine is a great fit for this diet (should we still call this a diet? It’s been sooo delicious!): their main staples are grains, spices, herbs and lamb. This lentil soup is comforting and delicious. The flavors are intense and the food, fulfilling.

The only change I made to the original recipe is that I reduced the amount of olive oil to 1/3 and used carrots, parsnip and squash instead of potatoes. See the original recipe here. This recipe yields to a lot of soup. You may want to reduce the recipe to half but then you will have a problem when blending the cilantro and garlic in the food processor: you won’t have enough. I had to use some water as I didn’t want to use 1/4 cup of olive oil.

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