Healing Adasi Lentil Soup: #22 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

Lentils and turmeric are both superfoods, filled with nutritional benefits for the human body as well as our mental health. This is a comforting soup that mixes in some potato, onion, and sage for a lovely fall or winter dinner. I like to have it with some stir-fried greens on the side. It’s a dinner that makes my whole self smile.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($5 total)

1 onion, chopped – $0.50
2 tbsp canola oil – $0.20
2 garlic cloves, minced – $0.08
1 tbsp turmeric – $0.70
2 1/2 cups green lentils, washed – $1.69
3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped – $0.54
1 tsp sage – $0.28
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tbsp butter or margarine – $0.62
1/2 lemon, squeezed – $0.20

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the canola oil on medium heat and add in the onion. Cook for about 5 minutes until it turns translucent, then add the garlic and turmeric and cook for 2-3 more minutes.

2. Stir the washed lentils into the mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes, to coat the lentils in all the yummy spices, then stir in the chopped potatoes.

Add enough water to cover everything in the pot, bring to a boil, then put the lid on the pot, turn down to a medium-low simmer, and let it cook for about 30 minutes.

3. After everything is nice and tender, take a potato masher and mash up everything in the pot. Add the salt, pepper, sage, butter and lemon, and stir until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve and enjoy your healing creation!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 18/18 (maximum score!)

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!