Turkish Lentil Stew

Ooooh, this is a good one! This is the "Turkish Lentil Stew" from Real Food Daily's book (there's actually still recipes in there that I haven't tried yet). Also, as an aside, Ann Gentry is coming out with a new book in June which makes me extremely happy. If it's 1/2 as good as the first, I won't look good in a bikini this summer.

Anyway, this is a great, hearty, flavorful soup. It uses fresh rosemary which is just unbelievable to smell and chop and work with. It's like ginger in that the smell just makes you feel lucky and happy to be around it. Also, for an RFD recipe, it's relatively quick (45 min or so total). And, you can't help but be convinced that you're getting healthier by eating it; lentils, tomato, garlic, spinach... all good stuff. I generally am not the biggest soup-as-a-meal fan. I like a good soup and sammie combo or something. This, however, falls into the chili/ black bean soup category- it's definitely filling enough as a meal. I did half the ingredients, though (like most RFD recipes)- and it still made enough for at least four nice sized bowls.

Four stars and a bonus point- it's a great recipe.