It’s always a fun to see what recipes end up topping the Feed Me Phoebe charts every year. One of the dishes whose popularity continues to surprise me is this Red Lentil and Spinach Masala recipe, which is now one of your all-time fan favorites.
Lentils always seem like the lowly vegan peasant food that most self-respecting meat eaters wouldn’t touch unless providing structural support for some thinly sliced lamb on a restaurant plate. But I was pleasantly shocked a few summers ago when my favorite self-respecting meat eater, Charlie, ordered the vegetarian entrée—a bowl of lentils with a fried egg—when we went out to a nice meal on Martha’s Vineyard.
Ever since then, I’ve added lentils back into our shared meal cycle. Now that I’ve successfully added most FODMAPs back into mine and tallied the votes (er, clicks), I see that my perceived legume bias was totally unfounded across the board. This is a win win for me, as it means this simple red lentil soup, which I once might have considered too pedestrian for your collective taste buds, now has a home here.
After a long month away, I came home to the onset of fall craving simple, healthy soups. In a effort to clean out my pantry, I decided to use up my remaining red lentils in a Moroccan harira-like concoction with lots of carrots and red chard mixed in.
This red lentil recipe is just the kind of healthy comfort food this site was founded on, even if I didn’t realize its proper place here until recently.
As you begin to dial back on the summer hedonism and get back into a healthy fall routine (whatever that means for you), I hope you’ll give this warm bowl of goodness some love. I’m trying to …