Last night, for unknown reasons, my body decided it was totally DONE with having food in it and launched into hours of awesome non-stop vomiting (fun…). I was pretty sure I was going to die, shaking in my sweaty cold skin, hugging the toilette like it was my long lost lover. I have no idea what I ate, or who’s awful germs got into my system during all those plane trips recently… but it wasn’t fun!
I’m happy that part is over, but today has been pretty fricken miserable trying to recover from it all. I am running on little to no sleep, I’m dehydrated as hell, and I have absolutely no nutrients in my body. It feels crummy. I actually had to leave work early so that I could get some sleep.
I’ve got a competition in 5 days and I can’t be going in like this! I just want to eat ALL THE FOOD so that I can feel normal again but… my belly is sensitive and it doesn’t want to let me. So, lentil soup was sounding pretty good today! Lots of veggies, fiber, protein, and nutrients. Plus it’s pretty easy on the belly, and able to be eaten niiiice and slow.
This is probably one of the best soups I have ever made. It’s totally from scratch, and I absolutely love it. I might be making it a very regular part of my life from here on out.
- 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
- 1 vidalia onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 large stalk of celery, chopped
- 1 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tsp thyme leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 8 cups water
In a large pot, heat the olive oil to medium. Throw in all the vegetables and spices and sauté for 10-15 minutes, stirring constantly as the onions and garlic brown (this part smells AMAZING).
Turn the heat to med-low, add the dry lentils and salt to the pot, and sauté everything another 5 minutes — letting the veggies and lentils roast and brown in any remaining oil.
Add the water to the pot. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the lentils and carrots have softened completely.
Serve hot, Eat up!