Oprah Magazine: Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Bisque | Whole Green Love

5 Feb

I was totally going to post about something else today…until I had lunch yesterday and tasted the delectable soup that I wanted to share with my peeps right away. Joanna and I always do a little magazine swapping and she recently gave me her latest issue of Oprah magazine. Of course I flipped straight to the recipe section, as I usually do, and found this gem of a recipe – Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Bisque. Thank you, Oprah.

Nic and I are big fans of beans and lentils in pretty much anything but we just recently started using red lentils in soup. Yum! Packed with 7 grams of fiber per serving and a generous helping of protein, you can’t go wrong. Red lentils are also perfect for using in soups where you puree them down like this one because they provide a thick, but silky texture. The sweet potatoes add the perfect amount of sweetness to the soup and the coconut milk gives it a rich and creamy mouth feel. This recipe recommends adding chopped cilantro and pomegranate seeds for a garnish. If this had been summertime with my overgrown pot of cilantro out back, I would have added that. I passed on the garnishes this time and served this soup with a whole grain baguette on the side (and a couple of clementines for dessert!).

The only prep involved here is a little chopping and dumping the goodies into a large pot. Nic and I popped in the movie Fresh while we waited for the soup to boil and simmer. A minute or two of blending from our favorite kitchen tool, the emersion blender and this soup was ready for slurping.

Please check out the movie Fresh if you haven’t already! It’s a great movie about farmers and businesses that are re-inventing our food system. Our industrial food system is causing some serious problems that need solutions – pronto! Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power in Milwaukee one of the featured farmers. Joanna and I are looking forward to touring Growing Power soon. Just because you live in an urban area, doesn’t mean you should have limited access to fresh, quality food. This guy is really making it happen. Another favorite person of mine is Joel Salatin, a sustainable farmer who uses a rotational grazing system to raise his animals on Polyface Farm. I’m currently reading his book called Folks, This Ain’t Normal. So interesting!

Happy Sunday everyone! This is a great soup to try if you’re searching for a meal idea this weekend. Just promise me you’ll enjoy some whole, unprocessed food. Your bod and the earth will thank you.

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