1. It's filling. A moderate bowl makes a very satisfying lunch. A small bowl makes a nice snack. A big bowl makes a filling dinner. You get the idea.
2. It's versatile. I can make soup out of just about anything, which means there's always a way to use up pantry items or leftover veggies. Even yellowing broccoli can find a new life in soup.
3. It's low-calorie. Since I control the recipe, I can make it low-calorie, low-fat, and high in nutrition. I can also make it tasty or not, and this sometimes depends on how much I am experimenting with the recipe.
4. It's simple. Soup is easy to make and simple to reheat. I'm usually working during the day and don't have time for complicated lunch preparation. Since I'm Type A, even slicing and dicing veggies for a salad is more time than I like to spare for lunch.
Last night I made a big batch of Lentil Soup, and I'm sharing the recipe here. I am not including quantities for ingredients, as I approach the art of soup-making much the way Bob Ross approached a canvas: There are no mistakes, just "happy accidents."
- Diced onion
- Diced carrot
- Diced celery
- Minced garlic
- Crushed tomatoes
- Dried lentils
- Veggie broth
- Bay leaf
- Chopped spinach
- Balsamic vinegar
- Olive oil
This soup recipe can be altered any way you like. Perhaps you want to use celery flakes instead of diced celery. Maybe you want to add some chopped broccoli. Perhaps some cubed potatoes appeal to you. Soy sauce might be more flavorful to you than balsamic vinegar. Or maybe you'd rather use oregano for the spice instead of basil.
Play with the recipe to find the tastes that suit you. Find your own "happy accident."