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Friday Evening a week ago : I admit that it was hard to get excited about lentil soup. It was 80^ today and will be in the mid 80's all weekend. Honey is having her 3 year old birthday and I'm excited that her family party will be here, at our house. I have kid food and fun on the brain, and a healthy soup has a hard time squeezing into my plan.
But...surprise...this is a hit. Hubby usually starves on Fridays, then gets up early Saturday mornings, attends Weight Watchers where he loves his weigh-in proving that he has kept off the 50 pounds he lost 6 years ago, and after his weigh in, he eats junk all weekend. By Monday he is on track with healthy eating, and as the week wears on his food consumption decreases so that when Friday arrives, he's practically in fasting mode. It works for him. I'm glad he is in great shape and healthy.
Dorie's lentil soup was exactly what struck him as good Friday evening food. He commented that it is delicious and that it is Weight Watchers approved. I suppose I should feel honored.
I confess that I also enjoyed a bowl of Dorie's soup, feeling like it was a healthy way to begin what I'm sure will become a sugary junk food weekend. I enjoyed the hint of orange from the peel of my Mandarin orange, and I also thought the addition of a little ginger and clove was a lovely touch. I am really not in the mood for a pureed soup...so I didn't. I did as Dorie suggested and added a dollop of tangy yogurt as a garnish along with thin strips of Parmesan cheese and freshly picked parsley. I served this soup with a sweetbread which complimented the unusual spice flavors and also the sweet orange peel.
Hope you all enjoy your green weekend with a lively dose of St. Paddy's Day which, to our family, truly celebrates the beginning of Spring. So, Happy Spring!