Meatless Monday is actually a global movement to reduce the consumption of meat at least one day a week for "personal health and the health of the planet".
Lentils or dal are staples in the Arab and Indian diets and lentil soup is a favorite in both cultures.
There are many versions but this recipe was given to me by my friend Renee whose mother-in-law is Syrian.
Add to a large pot 12 cups of water, 1-1/2 cups of orange lentils, 2 onions chopped, 4 potatoes cubed, 4 carrots sliced, 4 bouillon cubes (I actually use 3 TBS of a natural vege broth extract). Boil on high heat for 40 minutes then reduce heat and simmer until desired consistency. Add cumin powder and black pepper to taste.
It is normally served with fried pita bread and a squeeze of lemon juice.
As they say in Arabic "SAHTAIN!" which means "to your health".
Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor.
Wishing you health and happiness! Peace & blessings, Tammy