So…we have all been there – it’s 5pm and we still don’t know what’s for dinner. One idea is to make up a huge pot of lentil stew and put it in “freezer” zip lock bags. Put enough in each bag to feed the whole family at a meal, and then tuck it away in your freezer.
Now this is what I call “Fast Food!!” When you need it, you defrost and voila, there is your quick meal all ready for your family. If you need this to a bit heartier, you can serve it over cubed and roasted potatoes (sweet or white) or some pasta. I have a bunch of these quick meals in the freezer all ready for emergencies like this.
Yellow Lentil Soup
2 cups lentils (soaked overnight – discard soaking water)
1 Vidalia (or any other) onion
3 stalks of celery
Pinch of salt
3 cloves of garlic
4 tabs of miso (I used mellow miso)
1. In a pot sauté onions, celery and carrots in oil until onions are slightly browned.
2. Add salt
3. Add lentils and cover with water. (Make sure that water line is about an inch above the lentils and when it gets low, just keep adding water)
4. Bring to boil and simmer about an hour and a half or until lentils are soft.
5. In a separate bowl, put the miso. Add a bit of the broth and stir until miso is completely dissolved
Keep adding broth as needed.
6. After the lentils are done, add the miso. You never want to heat miso too high or boil. So, I always turn the flame off and then stir in miso.
7. Add soup to bowl and sprinkle a few slices of spring onion.