In my kitchen | arroz con pollo

Nowadays, I have been craving comfort food. Comfort food for me as a Filipina and Asian often involves rice. I do not even eat rice every day or at every meal unlike most traditional Asians and Filipinos. (When Shelter In Place Order was declared, while most people were panic buying for toilet paper, my siblings looked to stock up on rice!) I have a small jar of rice at home which will probably last me over a couple of months.

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In my kitchen | Simple and hearty red lentil soup

It is still winter here in the Bay Area even though spring is trying to break through. The temperature has dipped into the 30s this week. Even though it is often sunny, it is also pretty chilly.

It is also still definitely soup weather. I am happy to come upon a recipe for red split lentils soup while shopping at Trader Joe’s. My version (inspired by Trader Joe’s recipe which uses wine but I do not like wine in my cooking so I am omitting it) is very easy and quick. I am a fan of simple yet hearty meals as I do not have much time to cook with my very demanding job. I also believe that great food should not be fussy and complicated. This soup not only brings comfort to the soul but makes me feel like I am doing something kind for my body.

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