I adore soups year round, but there is something especially comforting about a steaming bowl of goodness on a cold autumn or winter day. Bring in the root vegetables for a nourishing dish to fight off that perpetual chill. Beet borscht is probably one of my all-time favorite winter soups, but I've never thought to make it with lentils until recently. The result of combining sweet red beets with earthy brown lentils and a zesty seasoning definitely pleased the diners and the cook too. The beets I used had some healthy beet greens topping the bunch, so I added them to the soup pot as well with the tomatoes for extra nourishment and texture.
A lemony cashew cream is a nice tangy addition to this earthy soup, though you can add a dollop of sour cream if desired.
This soup was inspired and adapted from The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester. Legumes are my meat and, although I am not a vegan, I often prefer vegan dinners because I find them easier to digest than a cheesy meal. Those that may scoff at beans may want to reconsider their stance if served one of the unique dishes from this book that certainly celebrates the humble bean that is not so humble at all when it gets dressed up. Everything bean is covered in this book and the cook is presented with over 100 recipes, most of which are soy-free and gluten-free.
A wide variety of cuisines are covered between the covers, as well as different courses throughout the day. Breakfast, appetizers, soups, stews and casseroles, salads, portable meals and even desserts are offered up. Beans all day long and all year long! All of the recipes are made with staples you are likely to have in your kitchen, but if you are an avid legume lover such as I am, you will be especially intrigued by the "fancy bean" suggestions that you may not have on hand on a regular basis.
The elegant pictures alone will encourage you to get cooking in your kitchen. Next on the menu is "Thai Coconut Tongue of Fire Soup", "Red Bean-Filled Mini Muffins", "Creamy Chickpea and Rice Casserole" and "Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce" among many others.
I'm pleased to be able to offer a copy of this book to one lucky reader in Canada or the US. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post and reveal your favorite bean. The contest will run until November 21st, 2013, at which point I will stage a random draw for a winner of this must-have book for legume lovers. Please do leave your email address with your comment should you not have a contact associated with your site or if you don't have a blog so that I can contact you if you win this giveaway.
Note: I received a copy of this book for possible review and worked with a representative to offer a giveaway to my readers. The opinions expressed here are my own.
|Hearty Lentil Borscht|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from The Great Vegan Bean Book: More than 100 Delicious Plant-Based Dishes Packed with the Kindest Protein in Town!
Cuisine: Eastern European
Published on November 4, 2013
Earthy brown lentils and zesty seasoning combine beautifully with sweet red beets in this simple, colorful and nourishing fall soup
More nourishing beet recipes from Lisa's Kitchen to enjoy:
Orange and Beet Soup
Quinoa Soup with Beets and Fresh Dill
Beetroot, Leek and Walnut Salad
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Audio Accompaniment: Dave DK