We eat this every day for lunch, it gives us our daily protein, iron, zinc, iodine.
It’s evolution has been a long one, it started out as a coconut curry lentil soup, and was then engineered to become a complete micronutrient meal.
You may be aware that Calcium inhibits Iron uptake, and Brassicas (such as kale, broccoli, bok choy, etc) inhibit Iodine uptake and so we have to have a meal that is separate from salad and high-calcium foods. Thus we include all our most important micronutrients in this meal.
We make a pot of it, and split it into 4 bowls, 2 each. Each bowl has high potency, greater than 100% of manganese, is an excellent source, having more than 80% of iodine, more than 60% copper, more than 40% protein, iron, phosphorous, fiber, magnesium, folate, more than 20% zinc, Vitamin B1, Vitamin A, potassium, Vitamin B6 and is a good source more than 10% Vitamin B3 (niacin), selenium, vitamin C and vitamin B2. While only having marginal Calcium and no brassica. Considering we usually have two bowls, can double those, and it can meet all your iodine, copper, protein, iron needs for the day. Typically to help with iron absorption we also have a banana or some other source of vitamin C with it.
- 1 1/2 cup pink lentils
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 medium sweet potato diced
- 4-5 cups water
- 1 tbsp dulse flakes
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 1 tsp of capers (optional)
- 1 tsp oil, coconut or olive.
- put all ingredients except for tomato paste in pot
- cook until ready
- add tomato paste
Pressure Cooker: We usually use a 2Lt futura pressure cooker, so we only put in 3 cups of water at first, and cook it for 5 minutes at high pressure, and leave it for 15 minutes. Then add remainder of water and follow rest of instructions. The oil is necessary to keep it from frothing too much.
Ordinary Pot: We used to cook it in an ordinary pot, while it may be edible after 15 or 20 minutes of boiling, typically we do it for as much as 40 to break down the flatulence causing complex sugars. It is much quicker and more effectively cooked with the pressure cooker.
This recipe has around 1600 Calories, so if cooking for one person split it in half. This soup is also very thick, so if you can add more water if you like it more soupy. At it’s current consistency I can eat it with chopsticks.