Turkish Red Lentil Soup (Corba)

I’m on the record as stating that soup is not a meal, in and of itself, with very few exceptions.

This is one of them. (My mom’s baked potato soup is basically the only other)

Delicious & easy Turkish red lentil soup, ready in half an hour

I also don’t like lentils usually.  That is, until I went to Istanbul last year and we ate in a Kurdish family’s house and were served corba as an appetizer.  Corba is a hearty red lentil soup, super flavorful and comforting.  When I returned to the States, I started pinning recipes right away so I could try it myself.  I learned that red lentils are very different than the dark ones I’d had before, and didn’t have as many texture issues for me.

I’ve made this recipe a few times, trying to get the texture and flavors just right.  For some weird reason I have issues with it separating a bit (so becoming a little watery), but since I like it better with crushed up crackers in it anyway, I decided to just let that go.  One time I even tore up half a bagel into the soup, and the texture was awesome!

Healthy & easy red lentil soup

One of the great things about this soup is that it comes together really quickly—like half an hour from start to finish.  So you can get home from work, get it simmering, and go about your business until it’s time to blend everything up and serve.  Efficiency FTW!
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Souper Jenny’s Hungarian Mushroom Soup

All this cold weather and the snow days we’ve been having have made me crave soup. So I dug out some old Souper Jenny recipes and this guy jumped out at me.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup from Souper Jenny

Souper Jenny is an Atlanta (Buckhead, to be specific) institution. The owner and her staff have been serving healthy, fresh soups, sandwiches, and salads to crowds often backing out the door for over 15 years. A while back a few co-workers and I got to do a cooking class with the head chef, where she walked us through making five of their awesome soups in a couple hours.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup spoonful

When perusing the recipes initially, I was least excited about mushroom soup. So I was shocked when we were tasting everything later and this may have been my favorite—or right up there with the lamb & Guinness stew. The flavors were so much more complex than I expected, the scent was amazing, and the creaminess really hit the spot. It was also super easy, a win in my book. [Read more…]

Pasta with Gorgonzola, Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Caramelized Onions

As everyone knows, I love a good pasta dish. And I love brussels sprouts. And Gorgonzola. So this recipe is very nearly perfect—that is, after I made a few changes.

gorgonzola caramelized onion penne finished

I originally found this recipe through Pinterest, a pin from Kraft’s website, but decided to tweak it a little. It called for asparagus, which isn’t really my thing, and was quite expensive this time of year. And I found a really fun kind of pasta, something a little fancier than penne.
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Stuffed Red Peppers

I’ve been wanting to try a stuffed pepper recipe for quite some time, and I’m not sure what’s been holding me back. I think maybe it’s because they sound delicious—I’d never actually had one—and super healthy but look like they take a bit more effort than I’m willing to put into a weeknight meal.

So it was with a moderate amount of trepidation that I approached this recipe. I perused several different ones, but liked the combination of the protein in the beef, the fiber in the brown rice, and the overall simplicity. Lots of stuffed pepper recipes I’d seen have lots of different ingredients, which sounds yummy but also over-complicates everything.

stuffed peppers finished

stuffed peppers finished2

stuffed peppers pepper half full2

I was quite happy with this recipe, and will definitely be trying other stuffed pepper recipes (with corn, black beans, etc.). Note, this recipe makes at least 6 half peppers, so if you’re cooking for one person you could bake them two at a time as needed, so you have fresh dinner. Or they make great leftovers, if you’d prefer to just re-heat, maybe take to work for lunch. [Read more…]

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