Asian Lentil Soup

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we have returned to the reality of having to feed ourselves every day. ::Gasp::

This has become more and more challenging with our lack of daylight as we approach the winter solstice.

Only 21 days until things begin to look brighter! ::haha::

In addition to the early sunset resulting in crummy photographs, there is also the issue of not feeling very inspired to make dinner at all when it looks like bedtime outside before I even leave work.

So what does this mean? What is the point of this table?

It is dark out when I leave for work. It is dark out when I get home from work. Motivation is at an all-time low.

Moving all of Indiana to the Central Time Zone would at least allow me to have daylight on one end of my day. Clearly, even the Indiana “experts” do not know what time it should be here. Notice the shifting time zones over the past 92 years.

In spite of my dissatisfaction with our time zone, I knew that it was time to end our streak of “grazing” dinners and make some real food. Asian Lentil Soup, here we come!

I bookmarked this a while back, but I never managed to get all of the ingredients on my grocery list at one time. With the temperatures dropping quickly, I knew it was time. Chris and I had a run planned for last night, and I had a feeling that warm soup would hit the spot after our cold, windy, flurry-filled run.

The result: Another win in the weekday meal department. Easy to make. Minimal prep/cooking time. I bet we see a repeat of this dinner within one week.

When I came home from work, I quickly chopped and sautéed the veggies, then dumped all of the ingredients into a big pot. I turned up the heat and brought the soup to a simmer as I got changed into my running clothes. As we were about to leave the house, I turned the stove off and covered the pot of soup hoping that the lentils would soften while we were out.

Just as I had hoped, the soup only needed a little re-heating when we returned from our run, then we were good to go! This was the perfect dinner after our coldest run of the season so far.

From Kath Eats Real Food.


  • 2 carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • 2 celery stalks, matchstick cut
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 bunch bok choy, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup lentils, dry
  • 28 oz chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp  minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Sauté carrots, celery, bell pepper, and chopped stalks of the bok choy in oil until tender.
  • Add all other ingredients, bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook 20-30 minutes, or until lentils are soft.

Servings ~ 4
Calories ~ 151, Fat ~ 4 g, Carbohydrates ~ 22 g, Protein ~ 9 g

  1. I LOVE I could sit there all day plugging in cities and comparing sunrise/sunset times. Can’t complain too much about the sun rising/setting here at 8:30am and 3pm respectively, because I know that come June I’ll have more daylight than I even know what to do with… but in the meantime… I sympathize with you. My motivation is all out of whack and I am typically longing to go to bed around 5pm. Hibernating animals are on to something!

    • Brit said:

      I almost didn’t write my daylight complaint post when I thought of you up there in Alaska, but I figured that you were probably an outlier in my reader base. (Ok, I’m not entirely certain that I even have a reader base, but whatever.) I should totally model my life after hibernating animals. Stuff my face all summer, then sleep all winter. Sounds glorious!

  2. I couldn’t agree more! I am so not motivated to cook when it’s dark out when I leave for work and get home from work. Depressing!! The soup looks fabulous though! And those nutrition stats – wow! 🙂

    • Brit said:

      About those nutrition stats..I know, right? After I plugged them into Sparkrecipes I was sure that I had left out some key ingredient, but they were legit.

      I’m already thinking about what to graze on instead of making actual food tonight. This is so bad. I may have to change the theme of my blog.

  3. Lisa said:

    That sunrise/sunset chart is depressing! SK – I don’t know how you survive in Alaska during this time. The soup looks tasty, healthy, and if I make it I will probably be a deviant and dump some leftover shrimp or chicken from my fridge in. Ok with you? 😀

    • Brit said:

      I think it would be extra tasty with shrimp or chicken in it. Chris wanted beef in it. I can picture it with cubes of slow cooked beef. Better yet lamb. Lamb and lentils is way underserved.

      The lack of daylight didn’t bother me so much until I joined the “real world”. When you are a student you can usually figure out how to squeeze in a run during the day, but now, no dice. I’m glad Chris has suddenly jumped back on the running bandwagon. I had to run on the treadmill last night and it was tough to stick it our for 5 miles.

      • So true! In college I was almost completely oblivious to winter “darkness.” Then I graduated and discovered the sunlight limitations provided by a 9-5 workday + commute…

  4. Lala said:

    We have 8.5 hours of light here in Seattle right now and I hate it. I think I was born with solar panels in my skin. Winter and I do not get along.
    Isn’t it weird how Indiana never switches time? Growing up there, as a kid, I didn’t think anyone did. I just thought the tv schedule changed twice a year. 🙂

    • Brit said:

      That is too funny! We actually do switch time now. When I first moved here we were on Indiana time, so yeah, our TV schedule changed twice a year. It was kind of good though because during the summer it was nice to have my favorite shows on later since I had more daylight. A few years ago most of us switched to Eastern Time, which makes no sense to me. It got voted down several times by the state legislature before it passed – probably because it didn’t makes sense to most of them either!

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