Lentils Sprouts 101 w/ Lentil Soup Recipe
So what are lentils? Lentils are small beans with a round flat shape that are native to Central Asia. You should use only green lentils for home sprouting because red lentils are hulled after harvest and most of them will not sprout. However, if you are buying lentil sprouts for sprouting don’t worry about it. Organically grown lentils are available at most natural food stores.
Lentil sprouts are rich in protein, iron and vitamin C. You can use them in salads with dulse (yum!), in sprout loaves, breads, and in green drinks. They also go well with marinated vegetables or a super yummy lentil sprouts soup. Below is our lentil soup recipe.
To make the World’s Best Lentil Soup Recipe you will need:
- 1 kg fresh tomatoes from your organic garden
- 200g (1 cup) sprouted lentils
- 2 onions
- 1.25 litres (5 cups) vegetable stock
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- fresh or dried basil
- olive oil
To Make Lentil Soup
- Place the fresh tomatoes in a pan of very hot water for 1 minute, fish them out with a slotted spoon and peel away the skin. Set them aside for use later on.
- Peel and roughly chop the onion and rinse the lentils in a colander.
- Cook the onion in a little olive oil in a large saucepan, until golden.
- Add the lentils, tomatoes, stock, basil and seasoning and stir well.
- Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 30 minutes.
- Blend the soup, adjust the seasoning and if necessary, thin it down with a little more stock or tomato juice.