Mediterranean Lenten Soup for Cancer and Chemotherapy


















Mediterranean Lenten Soup for Cancer and Chemotherapy

This Lenten soup is a variation of the classic lentil soup found all across the Mediterranean. Savory yet light in weight, it is perfect for the coldest winter day or even the hottest summer day. Lentils are a great source of protein and fiber.

Tasting Guidelines
Taste is savory and spicy.
Weight is light but can be balanced with sugar.
Texture is soft.
Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects.
Best categorized as classic Mediterranean.

1 lb. green lentils, washed
1 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 gallon water
1 red onion, medium diced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
4 small zucchini, cut into quarters and thinly sliced
2 green peppers, medium diced
1 medium eggplant, cut into quarters and thinly sliced

Flavor Balancers
Kosher salt
2 tbsp. soy sauce
black pepper to taste
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar

4 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
1 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. garlic, minced

Recipe Directions
Soaking the Lentil Beans
In a large stock pot, place rinsed lentil beans, a tbsp. kosher salt, and 2 qt. of hot tap water. Mix thoroughly and allow beans to soak in hot water at least 1 hour.

Salting the Eggplant
Place a paper towel in a colander. Sprinkle a generous amount of Kosher salt onto the paper. Place sliced eggplant quarters onto the paper and lightly sprinkle the top side with Kosher salt. Repeat this salting process, creating concentric circles of salted eggplant. Allow salted eggplant to rest 30 minutes.

Preparing the Soup
Drain and thoroughly rinse lentils in a colander separate from the salted eggplant. Return lentils to large stock pot. Add 1 gallon hot tap water to stock pot and bring to a boil. Rinse excess salt from eggplant and add eggplants to stock pot. Follow this with remaining ingredients, flavor balancers, and aromatics. Boil covered over medium-heat for 60 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning. After 60 minutes, taste soup for proper seasoning and adjust as necessary. Lower temperature to a low setting and allow soup to simmer 60 more minutes or until lentils no longer have a grainy texture.

Chef Tips
The defining quality of this dish is the lentils themselves. If your lentils turn out poorly, the entire dish is ruined. So take the time to cook your lentils until they are no longer grainy and are soft. The initial 1 hour soaking time is a minimum recommended time not a maximum recommended time.

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About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.