A Soup and Salad that Saved my day

I've slurped quite a few warming soups past week while recovering from the nasty viral infection.I personally never liked canned soups,the fresh home made soups certainly are my preference,lower in sodium and higher in flavor plus some wholesome pasta can make a potent meal,feeding body's defenses against infections.

Chunky Veggie Tomato Soup with Pasta
(serves 3)
2 cups tomato puree
1 cup carrots,diced or sliced
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup french beans
1 clove garlic,finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups vegetable stock or water
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro,finely chopped
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups cooked pasta
pita chips for garnish

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan at medium heat, then add the garlic and spices,sauté for a minute.Add tomato puree,vegetables including the juice and the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, season with salt, then let simmer for 20-25 minutes until veggies are tender,then add the cooked pasta.Simmer couple more minutes.serve warm with some pita chips.

I'd love to share this soup with FIL:tomatoes event at Sanghi's Blog.

Lentil Fattoush Salad

This is a refreshing Lebanese salad,usually made with greens ,crunchy pita chips and veggies,spiced up with tart sumac spice(available in Middle eastern stores).The brilliant idea of adding lentils comes from Suganya's Lentil fattoush salad,making this salad a meal in itself.Another invigorating meal that made me feel better.

(Serves 2)
1/2 cup Whole lentils like green mung or pigeon peas
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups Romaine or Iceberg lettuce,chopped
1 medium tomato ,chopped
3-4 baby carrots,sliced
1/2 a cup pita chips,crushed

For Dressing
1 tablespoon herbs like mint or parsley,finely chopped
1 teaspoon Sumac
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes
2 tablespoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper,freshly ground

Wash and soak the lentils in cold water for 10 minutes.Drain the water,transfer in a pressure cooker or small saucepan with lid.Add 1 cup of water ,season with salt,drop the cinnamon stick and bay leaf and Cover,let cook on medium-high heat for about 8 minutes in pressure cooker and 30 minutes in the saucepan just until soft but not mushy.
Transfer all the vegetable in a large mixing bowl.Mix in the cooked lentils.Prepare the dressing in another bowl ,by whisking together the oil,juice,salt and spices.Combine the dressing in the vegetables mixture,toss to coat well.Sprinkle with crushed pita chips and serve.

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Gita Jaishankar said…
The soup looks so hearty and comforting Yasmeen, pita chips in salad, love it! What is sumac, can you tell me about this?
Varsha Vipins said…
Soup looks yumy n comforting Yasmeen..i have never tried adding pasta to it..such a fulfilling meal for cold days..:)
Vibaas said…
Soup looks so delicious and filling. Salad is yum too.
Soups are best when recovering. I too hate readymade soups. My vote is alwyas for homemade. Love the soup. It looks very soul satisfying.Hope your are well now.
Indhu said…
soup looks warm and comforting :)
love the lentil salad...
Vikis Kitchen said…
Hope u recovered fully. The soup and salad looks comforting. Wholesome meal after fever.
suvi said…
oh the thought of soup is so comforting Yasmeen! Hope you are better now :)
veggie belly said…
thats a good, healthy soup. i dont like the canned ones either. canned tomato based soups are especially bad, i think they taste weird. hope you feel better soon!
Unknown said…
loved the soup..looks really inviting..
sangeeta said…
i love soup with pasta and the salad looks really refreshing.
Priya Suresh said…
Soup looks nourishing n really filling..Salad makes me hungry Yasmeen, Hope u r doing well now!
vidhas said…
Lovley soup, and slald. I also love homemade soup, i used to add pasta in soup but adding all the vegies in tomato soup is nw to me.surley try.
Finla said…
Nothing better than hoe made soup especially when you are sick.
Shama Nagarajan said…
comfort soup and yummy salad
Asha said…
Hope you are feeling better now. Soup and salad look yum. Nothing feels better than warm soup going down your throat when you are sick. Enjoy! :)
Ashwini said…
Nothing like a warm soup when you are feeling sick..Can have that soup any time..Both looks so yumm and filling..Hope you are feeling better now ..
CurryLeaf said…
Love Love soups and the fattoush salad.Thanks for another healthy entry.Take care.
notyet100 said…
even i love home made soup,..ur looks delish,..;-)hope u feelin good now,..tk cre,..
EC said…
Both the soup and salad appear to be very healthy..good ones
Ivy said…
Hope you are feeling much better. The soup sounds delicious. I love all the ingredients in this one and I often add tiny pasta in it, makes it more filling.
Bharti said…
Yummy meal yasmeen. I can't stand those chunky canned soups either. Although some of those organic pureed varieties are not so bad.
Your soup looks potent and delicious.
And I luurve fatoush!
sathya said…
Such a comforting soup yasmeen, love the salad....
Poornima Nair said…
Wow...thats such a comforting and healthy meal...looks delicious.
Anonymous said…
Thats perfect for you now Yasmeen,,truly comfortable..Get well dearie...
Manju said…
hope you are feeling better now!! the soup and salad combo looks yummy!
Rajee said…
I love it with salad. So comforting meal, Yasmine.
Sharmila said…
Mmmm ... yummy looking soup and salad Yasmeen. I can do with some fresh salad now ... it is so hot here these days. :-)
AnuSriram said…
Comforting soup and a colourful healthy salad makes a lovely meal!
Event hough soup isn't my thing, yours looks good.
The salad looks great. Has my two favourites, bread and chickpeas.:)

Hope you're feeling ok now.