I bought a Garden Fairy on Friday!
Till spring arrives, I've assigned her the task of chasing off all the dust bunnies.
When she gets hungry, I have the perfect dish for her...
Cauliflower and Red Lentil Soup :)
We eat a LOT of soup in this house - here's one I put together on Thursday evening. I make this quite often because it's very nutritious, fast, easy and I almost always have these ingredients on hand.
2-3 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I use 2)
1 red jalapeno, seeded and minced (I use red pepper flakes - about 1/2 tsp)
4 cups cauliflower florets (break these apart as small as you can)
1/2 cup dry whole red lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 small bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (I use 1 tsp)
1/2 tsp curry powder
pinch of allspice
6 cups vegetable broth (I often use 1/2 veg & 1/2 chicken)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (the cherry on top, but optional - good with or without)
Saute onion, celery and carrot until very lightly browned. Add garlic, pepper (jalapeno or flakes) and spices; saute until fragrant. Add lentils, bay leaf and broth; cover and simmer about 25-30 minutes. Add cauliflower, cover, simmer until tender. Remove bay leaf. Stir in coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
I suggest doubling (or even tripling) this recipe as it doesn't make a whole lot; the pot will be empty before you know it and you'll be wanting MORE!