Addictions for Poor People: Soup
My friends and I were recently reminiscing about a perverted childhood game. Well I guess it’s not really a game…it’s one of those weird role-playing “acts” that you do as a kid. Like when my brother and I would comb our hair back in a 1950’s style and call ourselves Charlie Davidson in the bathroom mirror. Or whenever I had an apple alone, I’d take a bite and fall to the floor, letting the apple roll out of my hand like Snow White. I’d pretend to be dead for approximately 3 minutes, seeing how long I could not breathe/move.
No one else did this? Oh. Well anyway - they aren’t really games.
One of these non-games that I KNOW other people have played as a kid is taking a bunch of Smarties in your hand, shoving them all in your mouth, and pretending that you’re overdosing on prescription drugs. God - kids are weird.
But there was some sort of joy to be found in imagining that you are living in excess and taking things to the Edge of Glory™.
However, when you arrive in The Real World™ you are over the juvenile extremes like too much candy (ugh, fat), going outside without a jacket, staying up until you physically can’t hold your eyes open, etc. You want the things that cost MONEY. Like $8 pressed juices containing celery, kale, spinach…OMG WHO HAVE I BECOME? Five year old me would hate now me.
But my friend Jess Gartner recently pointed me towards an addiction I can almost be proud of.
It’s tasty, it’s exotic, it’s super-addictive, it’s healthy, and it’s REALLY CHEAP.
"Moroccan Lentil Soup
- Two boxes of vegetable broth
- One medium onion
- One can of diced tomatoes
- A few handfuls of spinach
- 5-6 lemons (juice)
- Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper to taste
- 1 cup of lentils
- If it’s payday, throw in some mint. Or some actual Moroccan spices.
Saute onions, throw everything except lentils in a pot, boil, add lentils, simmer. I like mine really lemony and spicy. It’s amazingly delicious and usually lasts me 4-5 meals for probably <$8 if you have a big bag of lentils and the spices.”
I’ve been eating this for a week and I’m not over it. Not even close. I added some red bell peppers too. It’s zingy zangy spicy filling refreshing goodness. Low carb, veggie, and high in protein! It’s a super food! You could also probably add some meat to this and take it to the next level, if you’re a big spender.
And it’s literally addictive, because of the red pepper. How’s that for a vice? Soup.