Every year Whole Foods Market raises money to support the Whole Planet Foundation.
Whole Planet Foundation is a non-profit side of Whole Foods that raises money to help people pull themselves out of poverty through microcredit loans.
This year the Whole Planet Foundation put out a cookbook called Liberation Soup.
In the book you will find recipes for desserts, drinks, main dishes, and of course soup.
The thing I really enjoy about this book is that it is packed with photos. I like to see what my finished product should look like when I’m cooking.
With each recipe you get to meet the microcredit entrepreneur that inspired it and also see their photo.
Part of the proceeds of each sale of Liberation Soup go back to help fund more microcredit loans.
I had the opportunity to help teach a cooking class in my 9-5 job and this is the recipe that I featured from the book.
It’s a simple recipe to make, you can alter it to your taste, and the crowd loved it.
So without further ado I give you Red Lentil Soup from the Liberation Soup cookbook:
Red Lentil Soup
*1 1/3 cups (about 8 ounces) red lentils,
Picked through and rinsed
*7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
*1 large onion, diced
*1 large carrot, diced
*4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
*2 tablespoons tomato paste
*1 teaspoon ground cumin
*1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
*lemon wedges and chopped mint for serving (optional)
-In a large pot, combine lentils, broth, onion, carrot, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, and cayenne and bring to a boil over high heat.
-Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are very tender and lentils begin to fall apart, about 25 minutes.
-Remove the pot from the heat and us an immersion blender to quickly blend the soup until it is creamy but not completely pureed. Or, you can blend about half the soup in an upright blender, but use caution when blending hot liquids: blend only in small batched, hold the lid down firmly with a kitchen towel, and begin blending on low speed.
-Add salt and serve with lemon wedges and a garnish of mint if desired.
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