During Lent we abstain from eating meat on Fridays to remind ourselves that Jesus was crucified on this day. Even if you don't practice Lent, eating one vegetarian meal each week is good for your body, your wallet and the planet.
One meal that I make often on Lenten Fridays is lentil soup. Lentil soup is earthy and can easily take on a variety of spices like curry, cumin, coriander, cayenne, chile pepper flakes, ginger, garlic, or bay leaves (probably not all at once though). Other tasty things to try in lentil soup are chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, parsley, cilantro and coconut milk. There are a lot of great flavour combinations.
This Friday we'll be trying a barley lentil soup with swiss chard. It sounds different and intriguing. I can't wait to try it out.