Wanting a quick to cook, warm meal during the great snow yesterday, I found half a bag of lentils in the cupboard. The recipe is from Recipes for Self-Healing by Daverick Leggett. Leggett's book is more than a cookbook. He discusses food energetics from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, discussing how food affects the organs and meridians, the yin and yang of foods, the climates (hot, cold, dampness and wind) and more.
I dont really know what all this means. It is most complex. Years to learn. My brain is too little. But I love perusing the ideas and using the recipes.
3 TBS olive oil Chop onions finely and fry in oil until soft and sweet smelling
2 or 3 medium potatoes
1/2 pound red lentils (I used green)
2 pints water
wash and chop potatoes quite small. Add lentils to onions, stir, then add potatoes. Stir. Add water and bayleaf. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 1/2 hour or until soft.
1-2 tsp fresh mint ( I used dry mint from a tea bag)
Add chopped mint halfway through the cooking. Add lemon and salt at the end. When cooked remove bayleaf and mash or blend the soup a little.
Below each recipe Leggett discusses the recipe energetics. He says: "This is a simple Qi strengthening soup. It is easy to digest and provides sustained release of energy. Lentils strengthen the spleen and stomach as well as benefiting both heart and kidney. The also have a mild action against dampness. The lemon and mint make this a slightly cool dish."