Category Archives: soup

Warming Lentil Stew

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 people

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped 2 parsnips or carrots, chopped 1 tablespoon sesame or olive oil
1 cup red lentils, washed
5 cups water
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
Chopped parsley or scallion for garnish

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté onion and parsnip for 10 minutes.
2. Add washed lentils and water and bring to a boil.
3. Skim off the foam. Lower the heat, add cumin and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
4. Add the lemon juice and salt. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
5. Serve in individual bowls and garnish with parsley or scallion

Aduki Squash Stew

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Yields: 4 people

Ingredients:
1 pound winter squash (kabocha, butternut)
1 1/2 cups aduki beans, soaked
3 inches seaweed (kombu or wakame)
5 cups of water
Sea salt

Directions:
1. Peel and cube squash into 2-inch squares (can leave skin on if edible).
2. Place washed beans and seaweed into pot. Add water and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Uncover and add squash cubes. Cover and simmer for 30 more minutes.
4. Uncover, add sea salt and stir until water evaporates.

Notes:
• Try with roots like carrot, parsnip and turnip. These roots don’t need more than twenty minutes to cook with beans.

Baby Lima Bean Soup

Prep time:10 minutes
Bean Soaking Time: 8 hours
Cooking time:90 minutes
Yields:2 people

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried baby lima beans
1 3-inch piece kombu
1/2 yellow onion
4 cloves garlic
1/2 carrot
1 tablespoon mirin
1 teaspoon tamari
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. Cover the beans with water and soak for 8 hours.
2. Discard soaking water, rinse beans, and place in a pot with kombu and water and cover by 2 inches.
3. Boil gently for 1 hour.
4. Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil covered for 10 minutes.
5. Add carrots and continue cooking covered for 10 more minutes.
6. Add onion mixture to the beans.
7. Continue cooking beans for 30 more minutes.
8. Add mirin and tamari, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Notes:
• Try adding fresh herbs near the end of the cooking time, such as thyme or parsley.