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Lysander’s Lentil Soup Mix

October 4, 2009
Lentil Soup Mix

Lentil Soup Mix

I was feeling a little under the weather the other day and as it turned out, it was also my day to do the grocery shopping.  I didn’t bring a list, and ended up just wandering around the grocery story tossing things in the cart.  When I got home I realized I had purchased mostly soup ingredients and things to go along with soup, and convenience foods at that (refrigerated biscuits, even!).  It’s easy to tell when I’m sick and don’t want to cook!

In any case, I picked up Lysander’s Lentil Soup Mix, which is basically a little pre-measured bag of lentils with a spice packet and directions.  You boil the lentils, drop in an onion, tomato, a bell pepper, and the spices, and cook it for half an hour.  Then you add rice and cook it another half hour.  That’s it…easier than pie (I can’t say easy as pie because my pies never seem to turn out).

I am always skeptical of dry soup mixes, but this one turned out really well.  The vegetable additions help a lot, and the result tasted pretty similar to what I would have made myself.  I did toss in some fresh chopped basil and a little turmeric, but only because I am too stubborn to let someone else do all the work–it tasted fine as-is.

At $2.89 a package the mix is overpriced–lentils are cheaper than pasta at the local bulk foods store–but it’s a nice little packet if you don’t have a lot of time or have never made lentil soup before and want to get a feel for it before making it from scratch.

Nutritionally, it’s hard to beat as far as soup mixes go, even before the addition of the vegetables.  A 52-gram serving has 13 grams of protein and 14 grams of dietary fiber (the package says it makes 6 servings, but it only made about 4 bowls for our hungry family), only 0.5 grams fat and 170 calories.  The sodium is high, but no higher than canned or packaged soups, and Lysander’s does not use preservatives or MSG.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find a website for Lysander’s, but the photo above will take you to a shopping website that might be able to help you find a way to order online.  Lysander’s is available in most mainstream grocery stores; in mine, it was in the soup aisle near the bouillon cubes and other dry mixes.