There are few situations where a good bowl of soup doesn't go down a treat. Tough day at work? Lunch on a cold and rainy day? Got the sniffles? Soup is the answer every time. And it doesn't get much more comforting than red lentil soup. Not only is it high in protein so it'll fill you up when you need filling the most, it's also super healthy, so you can tuck in guilt free. And you can do just that at Amsterdam's Juice By Nature.
A basic red lentil soup will contain all the usual suspects – red lentils, carrots, celery, onions with a glug of olive oil and a bay leaf for good luck. Some places even add a few drops of lemon juice for a citrusy zing too.
While it tastes amazing rustled up traditionally, this dish is also super versatile. Add in some chickpeas and chillies for a heartier, fiery taste, or sub in tomato and spices for a sweet and zingy combination. The only limit is your imagination here, so put on your thinking caps and go wild.
We've been tucking into lentils since Neolithic times – they've stood the test of time and won. Our love of packing lentils into soup runs deep too, dating back to the ancient Greece. Playwright Aristophanes is quoted to have leapt to the soup's defense when it was insulted, stating 'who dare insult lentil soup, sweetest of delicacies'. That's a lot of love for some soup, but we get it.
These crazy dedications don't stop there. It's even referenced in Bible – in Genesis, Esau was prepared to abandon his birthright for a pot of red lentil soup that his brother Jacob was making. Now that's some serious soup passion.
You don't have to get to that level of dedication nowadays though, with all sorts of great places serving up their own version of this beloved classic. Just look at Juice By Nature's version, adding in carrot and coconut for a wonderful flavour medley.
They're about everything good and everything nutritious here, so you know their food is packed with nothing but good stuff. Pair your soup with a healthy chicken salad if you need an extra post-gym protein boost, or a zingy smoothie for some additional juicy goodness.
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