Lentil Soup w/ Uchiki Kuri Squash

  • 1 1/2 pounds of dense fleshed squash after trimming
  • 3 cups lentils
  • olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin
  • celery (one stalk or lots, you may add chard stems as well)
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley leaves

Put your lentils to soak while cutting your squash into cube shapes that will fit nicely in your spoon at meal time.

Heat oil in a soup kettle and add the diced onions and cumin seeds. Stir and cook until the onions are relaxed and add celery. Add the drained lentils and about three quarts of water. Bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for thirty minutes. Add the squash. Cook for another half hour or until the squash is quite tender. Add parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Top with Parmesan, and/or squeeze in juice of a lemon.

Did you know?

Only about 10% of the fossil fuel energy used in the world's food system is used in production; the other 90% goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing.

Quotes

"There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third is by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry."
~Benjamin Franklin
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