Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall for Soup

I find myself craving warm comfort foods this time every year. Homemade soup is one of my favorite ways to enjoy autumn produce. It warms the soul without needing to loosen your belt! Soup also stores easily--I made a large batch and will freeze some for quick weeknight dinners over the next couple weeks.

Check out what I doctored up tonight (and served with some toast spread with feta!). Try this creation, but keep in mind that it's easy to mix and match various vegetables, beans, and spices to create a unique dish each time.

Lentil Stew with Squash and Greens
1 Onion, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/4 Kabocha squash, seeds removed and diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 large parsnips, diced
2 Tbs caraway seeds
2 Tbs dried basil
1 Tbs crushed red pepper
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper
1/2 lb dried lentils, rinsed and picked over
2 cups low sodium beef broth + 2 cups water
1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn
1 bunch fresh basil

1. Oil large soup pot and saute onion and garlic until tender. Add squash, carrots, parsnips, and seasonings. Mix together and saute about 3 minutes. 
2. Add lentils, broth and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all vegetables and beans are tender, about 20 minutes. 
3. Remove bay leaves and stir in kale and basil until wilted. 
4. Serve or let cool before freezing/refrigerating. 

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