Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

So it happened again (so many high fives)! A group of folks got together to spend just under two hours with a group of kids from our fair city’s toughest neighbourhood to cook together. To cook real food ~ food that needs no more than a few basic skills to make, skills like peeling, chopping, stirring, boiling, cutting, slicing, and best of all, caring.

There is nothing that could make me any happier, or more grateful to know that no matter where you find them, kids are always just kids. They need us. They need us to teach them how to live well, and that no matter what, they are worthy of every bit of our love and our attention. Each and every single one of them. Just two nights ago we gathered in a small community center kitchen in Vancouver’s Eastside and cooked 4 healthy & nutritious dishes, one of them being this hearty, delicious soup.

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

We planned for 8, thought we had 6, and ended up with 12 (by the end of the night we had 9). Having such an immense amount of interest has been just incredibly encouraging, knowing kids are eager to learn how to have fun in the kitchen. And they are hungry for good food if it’s there.

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

This is the first of 3 classes we will be putting on, trying to reach as many youth & families as we can in the process. I’ll be posting the recipes from our classes one by one over the course of the next few weeks, starting with today’s soup, as we are repeating this menu for the next 2 classes coming up, and in the New Year we plan to offer another round with a new menu.

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

So stay tuned for more great recipes, stories, photos, and full hearts! If you’d like to support us, we’d love your help. A little or a lot, it doesn’t take much to fill a little tummy. You can donate here, and read up on Not So Fast here if you are new to IPOM and my story, thanks to all of you have been with me since the start!

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

The Less:

Less complicated, fussy food means more pleasure in doing simple things. Less heavy, meat based soups and stews means more high-fiber, easy digesting. Less cost for good food means more to go around, so everyone can come and sit at the table.

The More:

More simple recipes means more confidence and fun in the kitchen. More warm filling soups means more warm, happy bellies. More skills where it matters means more focus on priorities, because eating well should be easy & accessible for all.

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

I thought I’d share what the recipes looked like for the class Tuesday night (spelling error and all). Part of our goal in arming kids with knowledge is providing tools when we can as well, so we sent each participant home with a folder full of recipes for each dish we made. It’s a little thing, but you just never know 🙂

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

I think my heart is so full it might last quite a while. And I can’t wait to do it all over again, surrounded by literally the best team of friends & volunteers any girl could wish for (so much love & gratitude for you all). Stay tuned for my next post and I’ll share the rest of what we all cooked, how we cooked it, and the laughs and smiles we had all along the way.

Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil Soup | IPOM

To make a donation in support of our efforts, however big or small (hint: there is no small!) you can do that here, your money goes a long way! Best to all for a super wonderful week, and thank you for joining me, I am one super-inspired happy camper.

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65 Comments on “Not So Fast Easy Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup”

  1. Lady Joyful

    Wow, this looks great! The Lord and I have been eating lentils quite a lot in the last few weeks. They are so versatile, and inexpensive too. I’ll definitely be putting this in my to-make list. The classes are a brilliant idea. It’s wonderful to be able to help out the community like that; definitely a very worthwhile cause!

  2. Frances antoinette

    Nice title to this post too…I had to read just the title a couple times over, it is a clever title. Moreover, how commendable on teaching how to cook — rather the different flavors of potato chips they can pick up from the grocer =)

  3. The Healthy Flavor

    Great post. I totally agree. Kids are the most amazing gift a person could receive. They are such joy. I love the recipe. I have a similar red lentil soup that I add spinach too and a green lentil soup with sweet potatoes. Lentil soup is so comforting. I need to make your flatbread so I can dip it in my soup! Love all these magical photos.

    1. Shira

      Thanks very much! I love the idea of adding a green like spinach – these soups are perfect for adding the contents of our crispers too! 🙂

  4. This Sydney Life

    Shira – in case I haven’t said so already, I think what you are doing with your Not So Fast cause is so laudable. Don’t tell anyone, but you’re one of my inspirations with all your warmth and big heartedness.

    Hopefully a wee donation from down under will help in putting a smile on some wee faces in Vancouver… (and that’s a pretty nice thought to keep me going through my day, too)

  5. Allison

    Wow, your cooking classes sound amazing! (As does the soup!) Even though I’m usually just in it for the food photos and recipes, I loved seeing all of those adorable photos of kids getting into the process of cooking good food, too. What a lovely post.

    (I’ve only been to Vancouver once before, to visit friends who live there… if/when I’m ever in town again, I’d love to volunteer!)

    1. Shira

      Thanks Allison ~ we’d love to have you! We hope to be able to engage folks near & far so stay tuned if you are interested 🙂 Thanks very much!

  6. spree

    Loved (!) this post Shira…LOVE what your group is doing – SUCH value in that, and it goes well beyond the food (as delicious/nutritious as that is!) … but of course you already know that! I love the full roundness of the blessings here! Everyone’s heart just got bigger! (now I’m off to put some coins in the pot!) xx

    1. Shira

      Thank you Spree! With so much love out there, we’ve simply GOT to spread it don’t we? Especially when it feels this good! Thank you my friend! XO

  7. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    This is so wonderful Shira! I love seeing those pictures of your class! I think what you are doing is brilliant. So important to teach kids how to cook good nutritious food! Especially a soup that looks delicious!

  8. Somer

    I’m really late to the party, but it looks like it was an incredible one! You are so full of goodness my dear! I’m lucky to be your friend! xx

  9. Heather

    You are one AMAZING lady Shira, this post has certainly filled my heart and put a big smile on my face. What you and your team are doing one little class at a time is remarkable, keep up the good work, it is a honor to be able to give a little to your program – thanks for sharing this with us!

    1. Shira

      Wow Heather – thank you! Your donation is a wonderful treat and I am honored to have your support – stay tuned for more, and thank you so very much! 🙂

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  13. julie

    Thanks for the recipe! It was yummy! My mom and husband liked it. I didn’t even have carrots. I just used a mix of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. I threw in a bit of chopped fennel root too.

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