On another of my store wandering adventures, yes at Trader Joe’s again, I found this.
Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils. To tell the truth, I had seen this in the refrigerated section previously, but at the time, I couldn’t think of what to do with it in the ‘use within 2 days of opening’ as stated on the label. I think lentils are terrific and super good for you too.
Where I worked in Honolulu, there was this tiny hole in the wall place that sold an array of cold salads; not the type that you might find in any ole’ place. You got to choose three; my favs were the lentil, curried chicken and mixed green (no dressing please) salads. Very flavorful and they worked well together.
I guess in the back of my mind, that’s what I was thinking when I finally bought the package of plain steamed lentils. Yes, I could easy have cooked my own, but isn’t nice to have some things at the ready? I had started a pot on the stove of chicken broth for later use. With the poached meat, I made chicken salad for lunch. So now I’ve got this couple of quarts of heavenly golden liquid goodness.
I know we’re headed into the warmer weather, but I could eat soup every day.
I had already chunked the chicken meat as well as chopped some onions and celery for the salad, so why not keep the knife in hand.
Some carrots, celery and shallots (mirepoix in fancy speak) would be nice sautéed in EVOO and some S&P.
I took a handful of the pre-cooked lentils and smushed it to a paste to thicken the soup, just a bit. I also tossed into the soup pot some frozen chopped baby Spinach to add more oomph to the soup. And come on now, can you see the chicken schmaltz ? You don’t get that from a can or carton of stock or broth. That’s what gives homemade soups their unctuous mouth feel.
That is ONO~LICIOUS~NESS in a bowl! M~M GOOD!
A nice bowl of homemade soup cries out for a partner. So let’s have that chicken salad as a Sammie to complete our lunch special of the day.