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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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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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This recipe is from Epicurious, see the original recipe here, and here is their comment about it: “This dip was inspired by a recipe for bissara, a garlicky purée from Egypt made from dried broad beans, in Claudia Roden’s Mediterranean Cookery.”

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Hummus is a delicious, versatile and super healthy dish. It is great for snacks with chopped vegetables, gluten-free crackers, sandwiches and lettuce rolls.

Garbanzos are a great source of fiber, zinc, folate and protein. Tahini, a sesame seed paste, is a very good source of monounsaturated fats, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and zinc. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, and polyphenols which are known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticoagulant actions.

Garlic, ah garlic, protects against evil or ward off vampires. Garlic contains manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C. But most importantly, garlic, like onions, markedly reduces inflammation. It’s also antibiotic and antifungal, antibacterial.

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