Earlier this winter we discovered Goop’s Lentil Soup recipe, and it was love at first taste. It’s easy to make, it’s healthy and it’s delicious. The only problem was, it sometimes made us feel a little meh afterward. Not wanting to give up our newfound obsession, we did a little research to find out why this particular soup was upsetting our stomach.
It turns out it was the lentils. Not lentils in general, but unsoaked lentils. Huh? Apparently, the outer shell of lentils (and some beans) contains anti-nutrients that can interfere with digestion. The solution is to soak them, thereby neutralizing the anti-nutrients.
To do it, pour your lentils in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Whereas larger beans sometimes require up to 24 hours of soaking, lentils are small enough that two to four hours should suffice. Then drain the water and give the lentils another quick rinse with fresh, cold water and you’re all set to cook.
Because nothing should get between a woman and a soup recipe she really, really likes and is easy to meal prep.