Lentil Soup With Greens, Great Idea For Lent

(For those of you who do not practice Lent, Lent is a period of fasting/self-restraint in preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the Thursday before  Easter. Traditionally Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent are meatless.)  Back in 2017, I shared my favorite soup, Lentil Soup With Greens. Today I’m sharing it again. It’s so easy and delicious.

I’ve loved lentil soup for decades. I love the taste, the ease in making it, and the versatility of the soup. Back in the 1980’s, my friend Mary would make a big pot of lentil soup for Lent. Her recipe was pretty basic but for the last 5 to 8 minutes of cooking, she added baby spinach on top of the soup and replaced the lid.  The spinach steamed, and  then she stirred the spinach through the soup before serving in bowls

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Summer is a fun time for food and good eats.  I grew up in Tennessee and loved going to Shoney’s restaurant for fresh strawberry pie. You know the one – a gooey glaze filled with fresh strawberries in a simple pie crust. I remember in my 20’s living in Nashville and driving like a mad woman to Shoney’s late one night because I had to have a piece of pie.

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Roasted Beets & Feta on Toast With Homemade Za’atar

Za’atar is an ancient blend of spices used throughout the Middle East.  It is the King of spices for savory dishes, and it is available in many supermarkets.  It is a mixture of ground wild thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, salt, marjoram and oregano.  Like many old recipes, there are variations in the amounts and ingredients and disagreements on the “right” version.  If you make your own, you can experiment with the combinations to find the perfect spice blend for your palate. Start with small batches using the recipe below and use it with olive oil on toast.  Don’t be afraid to play around until it’s just right for you.  Sprinkle it on Greek yogurt and spread on toast. Good stuff.  Sprinkle it on bread, dips, dressings, meat, vegetables, rice, potatoes, pasta, soups, and more. It will add to any savory dish.
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Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Mint

One of the prime pleasures of summer is ripe, juicy watermelon. Watermelon is not only delicious but also very nutritious. As I wrote last summer, (Watermelon’s Great Health Benefits), this red fruit is filled with antioxidants, lycopene, vitamins, and minerals. As a matter of fact, ripe watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes. It is low in sodium, calories and fat. What could be better than healthy food that has great taste?

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