On my plate – Red lentil soup with fennel

If you don’t know the „On my plate“-posts I do, please check here for some explanation.

In a nutshell, I share with you recipes that are
– healthy (most of the time)
– delicious (at least in my opinion)
– easy (I´m not much of a cook)
and are great for kids.

Please keep in mind: I don’t believe in following a strict diet. Neither do I do Low-Carb, cut out dairy completely, feel the need to eat gluten-free nor do I count calories. 
I am a part-time pescetarian due to the fact that most of the meat we get is full of antibiotics and that the animals suffer to keep up with the obscene amount of meat the western world consumes everyday. Part-time because my husband is a hunter, and I gladly eat the meat he brings home, for I know the game he gets me roamed the woods freely and wasn’t fed growth-inducing hormones.
Feel free to adapt the recipes to your own dietary needs and preferences.

Red lentil soup with fennel

As you can read above, I need a source of protein other than meat (we eat fish about twice a week).
Of course eating cheese and greek yoghurt is one option to make sure you get what your body needs, but for all the vegans, the lactose-intolerants and the cheese-haters (will never understand that…) out there, legumes are the way to go.

So today on the menu: A red lentils soup with fennel!
Don’t be mistaken by the word „soup“ though, this is a hearty and filling stew, made summer appropriate by adding the fennel for some freshness.

It is meant to be a colorful and thus mood-lifting arrangement, too, having red lentils and green fennel, but the lentils I chose this time went from red to brown, kind of ruining the looks, but not the taste.
And the taste is what counts, am I right?

What you will need

The ingredients (2 servings):
– One small onion
– 150g dried red lentils
– 700 ml vegetable broth
– 200 g fennel
– 2 cloves of garlic (less if you aren’t that much into garlic, but I love it)
– Olive Oil
– Salt, (cayenne) pepper and bell pepper powder for seasoning

How to:
– Cut the onion, mash the garlic and stew them with some olive oil
– Add vegetable broth and lentils and cook for around 10 minutes on low heat
– Add fennel (cut into small cubes) and cook for around five minutes more
– Season to taste

In the original recipe (see here) there is a side of yoghurt served to add some more freshness, but I prefer it without that. Just the fennel works very well for me.

As always, make sure to mush or process food for very small children.

Quick, easy and healthy. Another one for the busy mom-on-the-go.

Do you like legumes?
And if so, which is your favorite way of serving them?

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  • Yummelies! I might make an attempt at making this this weekend.

  • Das sieht sehr lecker aus. Ja ich mag Hülsenfrüchte. Tolles Rezept. Ich werde es mal ausprobieren. Leider muss ich auf Milchprodukte und Gluten verzichten (Intoleranz) 😀 Wünsch dir einen schönen Freitag!

  • It sounds delicious. I love lentil soup but I always find that it takes forever for lentils to get soft and mushy…I am surprised your recipe says to cook it only for 15 minutes.

  • I love lentils, especially the green kind. I usually cook them with onions, carrots and zucchini, and serve with cooked rice or pasta. And my mom likes to make patties out of leftover lentils (or any other leftover food, now that I think about it). I'd love to try your recipe, as I've never cooked anything with fennel before. For whatever reason fennel is more used in herbal medicine in my country, and I've only recently noticed fennel bulbs being sold in supermarkets. It'll be interesting to finally give it a try. =)

  • Fiora

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    Here is the link, tell me when you've posted your one because I'd love to check it out: http://beautybyfiora.blogspot.com/2015/06/creative-bloggers-award.html

  • Stacey Louise

    This looks lovely! I haven't ever tried lentils before but I may have to make this!

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  • mmm…this looks super tasty! I've never tried to use lentils but I definitely will now! Thanks <3

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  • The finished product has such a nice color. I love lentils!

  • Ohhh, this looks yummy, Linda and I think it'll be great with a side of warm buttered toasted bread too! I'll definitely give this a go, bookmarking! Any idea what would be a great substitution for fennel? I am not a fan of it because it taste like liquorice which I absolutely hate.

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  • Lenya

    Now this look delicious. I want some, please. Happy Friday, Linda.


  • I think I have some leftovers in the fridge, just come over. Happy Friday to you, too. Any fun plans?

  • Is there anything that isn't great with a side of warm, buttered bread?
    Hm, a substitute for fennel… Spring onions will probably be too intense, but maybe mint leaves will work? Funny you say you don't like fennel, I eat it with great appetite, but I detest liquorice. To me they taste completely different.

  • It is.

  • What´s you favorite thing to do with them?

  • Aren't they common where you live?

  • I grew up eating lentil soup, so they have always been a staple in my kitchen.

  • Thank you, Fiora.

  • So what country are you living in? I know fennel is used in herbal medicine here too, especially as herbal infusion, but we use it for cooking as often.

  • That depends on the lentils you use. If you get the ones that are completely dried down and last you forever without going off, you need to soak them in water over night. But I usually get the ones that don't require any soaking, because they aren't dried down as much in the first place.

  • Dir auch ein schönes Wochenende.

  • It is quick and easy and delicious. Please tweet me a picture if you do end up cooking some.

  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    After this your post I start to want to eat some tasty food haha


  • When I was a kid, rice and lentils was my grandma's specialty. Another close behind was 'kichiri', which is not so different in flavor profile from this recipe. It typically includes some rice.

    This is a good recipe for kichiri, if you're curious: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=522340

  • Oh, I´ll check that out. You are from India?

  • Maireem Maneje

    OOOO this is different! I must try this someday 😀


  • I'm from Ukraine. I know, that people often grow fennel in their vegetable gardens, but only use the top (they also put it in pickles). I think, we're just used to a set list of dishes, and don't experiment with cooking much.

  • No, but my parents and grandparents are. My sister and I were born and raised in the United States!

  • One of my favorite soups is actually a lentil soup from Veganomicon (I believe). In fact I just bought some French lentils yesterday so that I could make some this weekend. I'll definitely give yours a try some time. It looks delicious!

    I've used lentils to make everything from taco 'meat' to 'meat' loaf. You can do so much with it!

  • Jamie RS

    this soup looks yummy! i would love to try this recipe! thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • Will do!

  • Not as common as you think!

  • Kate

    This looks really appealing and it's something a bit different too which is nice – I often get stuck in a rut with food! x
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  • Glamoury armory

    I love this! At home we eat lentil very often, this a great recipe my dear, thanks.

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  • I've heard such good things about this and have been yet to try it for myself, I'll have to change that at some point soon! 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Raindrops of Sapphire

    That looks absolutely delicious!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Well than greetings across the pond! I live in Germany.

  • Like most people. If my mother hadn't been so adventurous with cooking, I would probably have stuck to German/Italian/French food all my life.

  • Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you better. 🙂

  • Sorry if you read it late at night… What did you end up eating?

  • And it is so quick to stir up.

  • Yes, they really are versatile. I remember my mum using them to make fake Spaghetti Bolognese.

  • You are welcome.

  • Me too, especially when I am in a hurry. I try to get inspiration by eating out (at least that is my excuse!)

  • What do you make of them?

  • And it tastes delicious too.

  • idu

    Looks so good. Great recipe, thanks for sharing. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

  • Emma Louise

    Ooh yum! Looks tasty.

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  • Carly

    Sounds so yummy!
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  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    I had a tasty sandwich with tomatoes, really love this, haha.

  • Tomatoes are great.

  • This soup looks/sounds good. I'm trying to follow a more healthy eating routine again recently, so dishes like this are ideal and I really like legumes.


  • Me too, but there are just so many temptations down the road… Do you follow a diet?

  • Tastes even better than it sounds…

  • It is!

  • Thank you for stopping by.

  • Not a strict diet exactly but when I can I try to eat healthy for breakfast and lunch and try and save my eating out/indulgences for the weekend, although some weeks I find myself eating worse than others depending on what I have on… I'll have to give this soup a go though. =D

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  • Lenya

    Are there still any leftovers? Sorry for being so late, Linda. My weekend was crammed with lots of obligations. But nevertheless it was fun, but stressful, lol. Hope yours was wonderful and relaxing. Happy Monday, pretty.

  • As long as it was fun despite being stressful, everything is alright. Mine was the first weekend of a holiday spend in Norway, so I am all relaxed right now.

  • Some weeks definitely are harder than others. But even the small things count.
    At least this is what I tell myself…

  • I love, love, love red lentils! You've just reminded me of how much I love them. Lovely post. I'm off work this week (for once!) so must try this recipe x
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  • I absolutely love lentil soup, but I'm really not a fan of fennel. However I sometimes get some in the CSA (community supported agriculture) box we suscribe to and receive every other week. That would be a great way for me to eat it!

  • Try it this way, the fennel isn't too intense when cooked with the soup. but still adds a nice freshness.

  • Enjoy your week off! What are you up to (except cooking lentil soup)?

  • I'm attempting to paint the house but hard work with a little person in tow 😊

  • Sounds really relaxing. Not.