Red Lentil Soup…With A Twist

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 26, 2009


The Green Monster Movement is now updated featuring our first ever submission by a MAN, a green monster milkshake, a pre-half marathon recipe, and much more. Green Monster lovers UNITE! :D Please note I am still about 1 month behind on submissions- your patience is appreciated!


Here is a tip for those of you who hate to cook-

Have a glass of wine while you cook and the experience suddenly seems enjoyable, if not, down right thrilling! ;)

Have two and you will have the confidence of Gordon Ramsay.


I used to hate cooking until I discovered this little trick…

I love Wolf Blass Chardonnay. The Aussies make great wine, don’t they? I drank a wee bit too much of this while I was waiting for Eric to get home from work Saturday night…

This is perhaps one of the most simple, yet extremely fabulous, soups I have ever made. When I looked at the short ingredient list I thought, This is my kind of soup.

Simple, easy, quick, healthy. I don’t like fussy cooking. No patience.


Red Lentil Soup…With A Twist!


  • 2 T coconut oil (use Olive Oil if you are omitting the coconut curry sauce)
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 t sun-dried tomato + pepper flakes (I use PC brand, no salt added)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 heaping cup of uncooked lentils (I used PC red organic lentils)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley flakes
  • 1 cup Coconut Curry Sauce (optional, but boy did it ever make this soup come alive!)
  • Splash or two of Wolf Blass Chardonnay (optional…but come on, is it really) ;)

Note: T = Tablespoon, t = teaspoon

Directions: Add oil (either Olive or coconut oil- your choice) and chopped onions into a pot on medium heat. Cook until they caramelize nicely (see below). Next, stir in the broth, bringing to a boil. Add in the lentils and rice and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until tender. If you used a salty broth you will likely not need to use the extra salt, however I used the no-salt added bouillon cubes so I added about 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to make the soup really ‘pop’. Serve with crushed pepper, parsley flakes, coconut flakes, and slivered almonds if you dare…You can even drizzle it with olive oil.

Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks.


One of my favourite veggies to eat- caramelized sweet onions! So delicious!!


It made quite a big pot, but next time I would probably double (or triple) the recipe (and freeze leftovers) because I loved it so much!


Definitely in my top 3, if not my favourite, out of the soups I have made.


Rocking the wedding cutlery! ;) Life is too short not to!


Our table pre Halloween decorations…


Mmmmm. Fall soups are the best!!!! Warmed my heart, mind, body, and soul.


Dessert was a Pumpkin Chia Spelt Scuffin (on-a-stick!) ;) My stash is depleting quickly…


Such a happy lil guy, isn’t he!?


Would you like a chance at winning your very own Garmin Forerunner watch or a Trader Joe’s Gift Pack!?

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Click ‘continue reading’ for the details!!!!

An Awesome Raffle and the Chance to Support a Great Cause!

Hello fellow Oh She Glows readers! My name is Stacey and this December I will be running the St. Jude Memphis Marathon as a St. Jude Hero to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. My goal is to raise $2500.00 for St. Jude and Angela has graciously agreed to help me by hosting a fundraiser on Oh She Glows with me.

A few facts about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:


  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

  • St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

  • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is nearly $1.4 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.

  • St. Jude pioneered a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat childhood cancers.

  • St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

  • St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent.

image001 Before I get into the raffle details, I thought that I would tell you a little bit about myself. I am 32 years old and I started running about 8 years ago. My first distance run was a full marathon with Team In Training. It was a great experience and I fell in love with running. Unfortunately, a few years later, I fell off the running wagon as life got super busy and I let physical fitness fall to the bottom of my priority list. When I turned 30, I was finally getting back into the swing of things so I set a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states. (Side note: I am running a full marathon for St. Jude, but I will include it as my half marathon for Tennessee.)  I’m 6 states in and happy to report that I am slowly getting back to my original running form! A big factor in my journey was stumbling across some amazing food and healthy lifestyle blogs earlier this year. Oh She Glows is one of my favorites and I definitely appreciate all that Angela does to provide informative and interesting posts for her readers. I’ve also been very inspired by her determination and spirit! She is truly amazing.

Now, back to the raffle and the opportunity to support St. Jude!

Here’s how the raffle will work…

By clicking this link below and making a donation on my behalf, you will be entered in to the prize drawing based on the amount you donate.

  • Your $5 donation will enter you in to the drawing for the Trader Joe’s Goodie Bag!

  • Your $10 donation will enter you in to the drawing for the Garmin 305 Forerunner!

  • Your $15 donation will enter you in to the drawing for both prizes!!!


The Trader Joe’s Goodie Bag ($50 value) contains the following items:

·         A Reusable Trader Joe’s Shopping Bag

·         Sea Salt Pita Crackers

·         Sesame Seaweed Rice Balls

·         Trek Mix Snack Packs

·         Sweet and Spicy Pecans

·         Dried Flat Bananas

·         Creamy, Salted Almond Butter

·         Almond Windmill Cookies

·         A PB&J Chocolate Bar

·         Dark Chocolate Crisps

·         4 Fruit Bars

·         Tricolor Egg Pasta Ribbons

·         Eggplant and Garlic Spread

·         Peanut Butter filled Pretzels

·         Mini Peanut Butter Cups

·         Dark Chocolate Edamame

·         Green Bean Snacks

The Garmin 305 Forerunner ($199.99 value) is an amazing GPS watch that you can use for running, walking and cycling. My training runs have become so much more fun since I got one of my own! (This picture is of my watch. I will be sending the winner a brand new, unused Garmin J)


To enter this amazing raffle and support St. Jude, click this link to be directed to my donations page.

Click the Donate Now button and enter your donation amount and personal information. (This is for tax purposes- St. Jude will send you an official acknowledgement of your donation for your records.)


In the personal message portion of the donation screen please enter OSG. This will prompt an e-mail to be sent to my personal address. I will use this e-mail as your entry in the raffle- so please don’t forget this step!


·         The raffle will begin on Monday, October 26, 2009.

·         Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

·         The winner for both prizes will be determined by the Random Integer Generator on

·         The winners will be announced by Thursday on Oh She Glows.

·         I will mail the prizes within 2 days of receiving the winner’s addresses.

·         Both prizes are available for shipment to the U.S and Canada.

·         I look forward to raising money for St. Jude and want to thank everyone in advance for their help in supporting such a great cause- especially Angela!


May the luck of the GARMIN be with you!!!! :)


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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Kirsten October 26, 2009 at 8:45 am

Cooking with a glass of wine is one of my favories relaxing activities ever!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 26, 2009 at 8:48 am

This is awesome!!!

And your soup also looks incredible. Love it.


Jill October 26, 2009 at 8:54 am

Perfect timing! My dog ate my garmin this weekend and I’m lost without it. :(


girlrunningaround October 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

Just donated! I really hope I win the Garmin!


Kate October 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

My mom and I used to cook together with a glass (or bottle) of wine! ;) Now I continue the trend and also had a little too much wine before the boyfriend came home for dinner Saturday night as well!

Thanks again for posting your recipes! I’ve been meaning to get back into cooking. Living alone, back when I was single, I didn’t find pleasure in cooking for myself. I wanted someone to compliment it. :) And I don’t cook meat, so I need to find yummy recipes Nate would like, too. So far, he’s a HUGE fan of your recipes!


Estela @ Weekly Bite October 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

Drinking a glass of wine while cooking is my favorite thing to do!!


Kristine October 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

That cookie is so cute!


Pam October 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

Great tip on the wine and cooking…love it!


Jessie (Vegan-minded) October 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with red lentils. Your soup looks amazing, especially with the addition of the coconut curry. Yum!


Cara (Cara Craves...) October 26, 2009 at 9:27 am

I totally agree with wine + cooking.
And a little sploush of wine in the mix usually tastes pretty good.


kay (eating machine) October 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

that soup looks so good! lentils are a food that always make my tummy happy :-)


girlrunningaround October 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

Oops! I forgot to enter “OSG” when I made a donation on Stacey’s page. Is there any way you can contact her to let her know my donation was an entry for the Garmin???


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

yup contacted her!!!


Stacey October 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Even if you forget the OSG, I will still get your entry for the raffle. Thanks to everyone who has made a donation so far! I don’t even have the words to express how grateful I am…


Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

Love cooking with wine. Australian wine is wonderful too.


Courtney October 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

I love that soup bowl and the spoon…so much more fun to eat out of pretty dishes! And those onions look so tasty…I do love me some onions. I think I will make some homemade soup tomorrow, thanks for the inspiration!

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skinnyrunner October 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

looks like delish soup! and tha wine doesnt look half bad either!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

Oops I forgot to add that I added a splash of the chardonnary while cooking! YUM!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

thats chardonnay! ;)


jessica October 26, 2009 at 10:49 am

mmmm. I made a similar soup last night, so good and hearty!!

I love reading your blog, and was totally inspired to start my own!!!

Have a great day!


Janna (Just Flourishing) October 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

“I love cooking with wine…sometimes I even add it to the food”

But, I do love cooking with wine. It just makes it seem lovelier.

That soup looks great. I have been meaning to buy lentils… but didn’t know which kind to get or what to do with them!
I will definitely get some red ones and make this soup.

I had a lentil salad once that was quite good, what kind of lentils would you recommend for a salad?


caitlin October 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

now i want soup!


Jil October 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

What a wonderful raffle! (and cause!) Plus, that soup looks phenomenal!!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

soup looks fantastic!


Lisa October 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I’m gonna try your soup; looks yummy. Yesterday I made the Winter Squash Soup on the Smitten Kitchen website. It was tasty too. Like some of the other cooks; I baked the squash first then scooped it out and added to soup. Then, crumbled gorgonzola over bowl of soup. I didn’t get to have my wine though; it was morning. Bon Appetit.


Lisa October 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Sorry didn’t mean to hit “reply”


Jolene ( October 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Thanks so much for this recipe!!!! I am doing a challenge … 10 new vegetarian recipes in October, and I needed 1 more idea, since I have my last 4 to make this week! I am making this recipe this week for sure!!!!


Carolyn October 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

That soup looks fantastic, I’ll have to try some. P.S. I’m giving away a breast cancer awareness Ipod Nano armband case on my blog:


Jenn (Eating Bender) October 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Awesome, Angela!!

I am really craving soup and wine all of the sudden…too bad I’m at work ;) And your scuffin on a stick is way too cute! I have to get my hands on some Glo Bakery goodies soon!


Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life October 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I just made lentil soup for the first time this weekend….it was great!


Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Wow, this soup looks wonderful!

And I agree with you that a glass of wine while cooking adds to the joy of the process :-)


Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

That soup looks so good!!!! That is a great contest, and a great cause with great prizes :)


Lisa October 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm

The new Cooking Light, Nov.issue, has some scrumptious looking soups, some vegetarian.


Jennifer October 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Wow, your soup looks amazing. I’ve found I’m a much better cook with a glass of wine. Also, a much better wife!!


Diana October 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

That lentil soup looks amazing!


Lizzie October 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Yes, we do have the best wines in the world! :) That soup looks SO good. We were going to make pizza for dinner, but soup might trump that!


Lexi October 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

I was going to do this marathon. I go to school just an hour away from Memphis.
I donated. I’m so glad to help, but also glad to have the chance to win. Hope you get my entry :)


Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I just entered the raffle :)

Question about the soup though – when do you add the curry sauce? With the broth or at the end?


Laurie October 31, 2009 at 11:46 am

I just had my first Glo bar – the peanut butter one and it was delicious!!! Looking forward to trying other ones.


Lisa January 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I just discovered your website a few weeks ago tried this soup last night (while drinking a sauvignon blanc, of course!) and I added some of the white wine to this soup. It was hearty, satisfying and delicious! I loved it! It was my first recipe with red lentils and I will definitely be making it again. I didn’t have parsley to garnish, but I used cilantro which I was a little worried about, (along with red pepper flakes and sliced almonds) and it was still delicious!

I also made your lighted up coconut bars and they are decadent and DELICIOUS! I am a big fan of your website and will be returning often! Thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Hi Lisa, Great tip about adding the wine! I will have to try that next time. :) So glad you are enjoying the recipes, thanks for your comment!


Suze December 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Do you have any thick lentil soup recipes without rice or potatoes or tomatoes, please? I just want a really good one – like Progresso soup, but without the ridiculous amount of salt! Mnythx!


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