Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Sesame Seed and CardamomReceitas Da Felicidade!
Lentils are a quick cooking alternative to other dried legumes (as in dried beans), making them appropriate for busy weeknight dinners. (Just be sure not to overcook the lentils, or they will become mushy; you want them to retain a bit of bite.) Lentils are also traditional in brothy soups that are chock full of vegetables, as in this straightforward version, which combines carrots, tomatoes, turnip, celery, and leek to delicious effect. Toasted cardamom and sesame seeds are a crunchy garnish.