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Food: Tuscan Beef and Lentil Soup

I miss my kitchen while in England or perhaps just the cooking. My grandmother used to say while I watched her extensive meal preps over the summers I spent with her in Montreal, the best meals are the ones you make in your own kitchen. So with that in mind, I am gathering up recipes, and preparing my grocery list for a dozen recipe I want try out this week. First up, Tuscan Beef and Lentil soup.

SOUP

  • 1-2 Tbsp neutral oil (such as avocado oil)
  • 1/2 large white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, DIVIDED plus more to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake (omit for less heat)
  • 1 lb. ground beef or bison (grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised whenever possible // if vegan, omit and double amount of beans listed below)
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste (plus more to taste)
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes (with salt, add with juices)
  • 1 quart chicken broth (or sub beef // sub vegetable broth if vegan // 1 quart = 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil (or sub fresh to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano (or sub fresh to taste)
  • 1 15-oz can white beans or lentils*, slightly drained (double amount if making vegan)
  • 4 cups kale (or other sturdy green), chopped {more}

Totally off subject, but what is the best film you’ve seen lately on Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other subscription based streaming service, which you highly recommend? Stay tuned for my list of recommended films.  In the meantime, have you seen Modern Love on Amazon? Where each episode is a story about a relationship of sorts based on the New York Times Modern Love column.  After binge watching season 1, I wondered if there would be any room for a season 2. What’s your take on the series?

 

 

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