The Burger Issue
It’s an old story, we’ve all been there before; long day at work, the last hour comes, so does another, and suddenly you’re hungry – really bloody hungry.
On the way home is a McDonalds, so you treat yourself to two or maybe even three €1 burgers. They taste alright, they fill you up a bit. It wont hurt, you tell yourself. But it probably will. Your body and your wallet. It’s certainly not a long term solution to a hungry belly anyway.
I needed to end this vicious cycle – and that’s where Jenny came in. I’ll always thank her for this – her carrot and lentil soup.
Jenny: “No, it’s really so simple to make.”
At first I “only” appreciated the taste, thinking that I couldn’t possibly make it myself because it tasted so good, and I’m crap at cooking. Always have been. But I asked for the ingredients and cooking time anyway. 5 ingredients, 25 minutes. Hmmm…easier than I thought. I tried it myself a few days later, preparing for the classic “this takes much longer and tastes much worse” result. But no, it was just as good as Jenny’s version. I did it again, it worked again. As it has done every time since.
To see if I wasn’t just assuming that it actually made sense to swap some cheeseburgers for the soup (assumption is the brother of all fuck ups after all) I investigated.Turns out the soup is healthier than pretty much anything I’d ever eaten before..
Health Benefits – Carrot and Red Lentil Soup
The soup (red lentils and carrots) contains a lot of fiber, which is great, because most
people eat less than 50% of the daily recommended amount (1). Fiber has some great benefits: it decreases the risk of diabetes, heart attacks and other stuff (2).
Fiber actually makes you feel full too – you won’t be hankering after any other food for a while. Can you say the same for a burger? You’re less hungry throughout the day. You eat less. You lose weight (3). That’s a win-win in my book.
And finally one bowl contains around 30g of protein. That’s better than a couple of burgers. If I went to the gym, I’d be laughing!
Beginning of the End of the Burger Issue
Jenny’s red lentil soup is a fantastic step towards a healthier life with less burgers. And it’s a tasty one too.
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Onion
- 1250ml Vegetable Broth
- 1 cup of Natural Yogurt
- 200g (7 oz) Red Lentils (dry, not canned)
- Few dashes of lemon juice (optional)
- One clove/dash dried garlic
- Get a pot, add some olive oil
- Stick it on a low heat
- Cut the carrots, the onion and grate the garlic
- Throw them in the pot, cook for a minute or two and chuck the lentils in after
- Stir a little until the lentils are covered with oil (they open their pores which then tastes better)
- Add the vegetable broth and yoghurt
- Let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat
- Season with salt and pepper
- Add a few dashes of lemon juice
- Blend it, if you have one
- Ready (eat with bread, add your favourite herbs, and some yoghurt or sour cream)