Monday, July 11, 2011

The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook 2: Lentil Soup (and Socca)

A while back, I was contacted to read/review this cookbook called The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook 2.

This cookbook is not vegan, and is one of the few cookbooks I have that is not.  Flipping through the colorful cookbook (pictures are ALWAYS appeciated so that I know what I'm making), I saw there was lots of veggie-friendly recipes, which is a must for me in any cookbook.  "The Ukrainian" eats meat, and there are plenty of recipes for him, too. 

Besides vegetarian recipes, this book emphasizes healthy meal preparation in a way that seems accessible to most people.  You won't be seeing any recipes calling for nutritional yeast flakes here, but you will see things like lentil soup.

A while ago, one of my favorite health food stores had a bulk bin sale, so I scooped up a bunch of (cheap!) lentils and went to town!

The standard onion/carrot/celery mix was the base...



I dissolved my last veggie bullion cube to make the broth.



I tossed in some leftover broccoli.  Yes, I know this looks dry.  At this point, I had forgotton to add the additional 2 cups of water stated in the recipe.  Luckily, I got it in, and it was salvaged!



To go with this soup, I made some socca, which is sort of middle-Eastern bread made out of chickpea flour.  Surprisingly, the chickpea (aka, garbanzo bean) flour was not expensive!  I used a recipe from Pure2Raw.

Luckily, I had some coconut oil lying around!



The batter was really watery, so I couldn't shape it into pita-like pieces like I had hoped.


Here's the result of 30 minutes of baking.  I think I need to use a smaller pan next time, but gosh, this was tasty.  I mean, you can tell it's garbanzos, but its crispiness makes it really delicious!


Here was the dinner that night.  On the left is a fresh-caught fish from a friend of "The Ukrainian" with some spices.  It went well with the (now properly liquid) lentil soup, which was everything I expected from it given the lovely spice combo. 

3 comments:

  1. Mmmm love lentils. This looks good! I've never had Socca!

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  2. I love the cookbook and currently on that diet. I recommend the Black Bean Fudge Cake. So yummy!

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  3. That soup looks so good! I'm a big lentil fan, so I'll have to give this a try.*

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