Green bean and lentil soup

Green bean and lentil soup as the legume family is high in vegetable protein.

By Bernard Preston

Legumes are the main protein source for most of the world. They are cheap, and vegetables doesn't have all the consequences of too much meat. Also they are cholesterol free. I add the green beans, first cousins to lentils, they are both legumes, just for a variation. I think it improves the flavour, and fresh green beans have some advantages over the dried legumes.

Green bean and lentil soup comes in two forms. I'm not a vegetarian so I'm going to use a chicken bones bouillon but you can just as easily use a vegetable broth.

Green bean and lentil soup

Green bean and lentil soup is dead easy to make and stays with you for hours.

I never allow myself to be hemmed in by a recipe, and I recommend you don't either. Add whatever veges you have in the garden or larder. But here is the basic recipe:

  • 5-6 cups of diluted chicken bones bouillon.
  • 1 cup of lentils, washed and if necessary sorted.
  • A handful of green beans, preferably straight from the garden. Top and tail, and slice them.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • a sprig of thyme, S&P
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, and perhaps a slither of hot chilli.
  • A dash of lemon juice at the end.

One of the most rewarding things in my life is daily picking fresh herbs from the garden; many of them are very easy to grow, and so much better cooked within the hour.

I couldn't live, I swear, without the lemon and limes in our garden; whether it's the piquant flavour they bring to a salad or soup, the heavenly scent of the flowers in spring or the bright golden fruit making it into an ornamental tree, they are my first choice of plant for a new home.

My lime tree is now three years old, and has 65 fruit just waiting to be picked in a couple months.

Step I

Chicken bones bouillon

Throw all the bones from a carcass into a large pot, cover with boiling water and simmer for about an hour to make your chicken bones bouillon.

Tip: We collect all our chicken bones for a week or two and freeze them so that we have enough to make it worth the effort.

Update: Since we've been working hard to build a greener world I've changed over to preparing our chicken bones bouillon using solar pressure cooking; it requires less than a third of the energy and a side benefit is that it takes only twenty minutes instead of an hour.

Feed the remaining bones to your dogs; they are soft and pliable, and we never have a problem.

Step II

The veggies

Healthy folk never forget the veggies; try to get somewhere approaching ten coloured foods every day, but don't fuss about the amount.

  • Toss a large lump of butter into a pot. (never saute with margarine or seed oils. Why not?)
  • On low heat saute the carrots, onions and celery for a few minutes.
  • Toss in the washed lentils, the thyme, S&P.
  • Strain two cups of the chicken bones bouillon directly into the pot; add another three or four cups of water depending on how thick you like it. Freeze the rest of the bouillon in cup size containers.
  • Bring to a slow boil.

    Thirty minutes later they should be tender.
  1. Add the tomatoes, garlic and green beans.
  2. Bring back to the boil and simmer for about another ten to fifteen minutes.
  3. Stir in dash of lemon juice, and if you want to be disgusting, a tablespoon of fresh cream. Or yoghurt.
  4. Pour a glass of red wine, and tuck in.

Well, no red wine for my granddaughter! Sigh, how do you stop a two-year old scooping out the pulp of a tomato and leaving the rest? We liquidise our Green bean and Lentil soup for her. She loved it, ate the lot.

High Protein Diets

High protein diets are the rage at present in a world where more people are dying of obesity than of starvation. Either in combination with low carbohydrate, or low fat, or both; or, oddly, the high fat Banting diet. So where does the green bean and lentil soup fit?

Science reveals that only 5% of people who diet actually lose weight, and they are not without their own dangers. Far more successful is a grasp of the meaning of glycemic index and meals like this green bean and lentil soup; that's what gets it off permanently.

HIGH PROTEIN LOW FAT FOODS but your green bean and lentil soup fits the bill perfectly.

Tomato Prostate

Tomato prostate is an important subject for every woman who doesn't want an early widowhood; and an impotent husband for the last couple years.

Still, raw or cooked, tomatoes, are excellent for the prostate. Not hers, but I have one!

I'll bet that if the leukopenes in tomatoes reduce prostate cancer so dramatically (proven), they have an effect on other cancers too. Eat more of the brightly coloured vegetables and fruits. TOMATO PROSTATE ... reduce the number one male cancer killer by 50%.

Andre Agassi

On the circuit, in his early days, Andre Agassi survived on lentil soup because of its staying power; cheap too. He was poor as a church mouse in the early days. Not as tasty and nutritious as our Green bean and Lentil soup (he took it from a can) but a fairly good alternative at 80 cents for a lentil soup and two baked potatoes.

His book "OPEN" is inspiring and un-put-down-able. Read it?

Hydrogenated fats

Why shouldn't you cook on high heat with seed oils? They contain polyunsaturated oils which are healthy in themselves but they are unstable on high heat; used as hydrogenated fats in margarine and cake icings such as Bettercreme they are positively dangerous. Getting back to basics like green bean and lentil soup using butter or coconut cream makes more sense.

But also, seed oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids (good fats, but ...) and research shows that a high Omega-6/ Omega-3 ratio causes inflammation in the body.

The long and the short of it, if you have inflammation in your joints and organs: We should eat more Omega-3 (fatty fish) and less Omega-6 (seed oils). Get that ratio right. In should be near to 1:1 and in Western diets it even reaches 60:1. No wonder we have so many inflamed joints.

And why do I eat no margarine at all? Our nerves are coated with fatty myelin sheath. Spoil that sheath and our nerves cease to conduct properly. Once fats are hydrogenated a totally foreign form, called a "trans isomer" is produced; it's bad stuff to coat your nerves with.

Why do we have such an epidemic of MS and Motor neuron diseases (Lou Gehrig's) and Guillain-Barre syndrome? No one's sure, but there is more and more evidence pointing out how toxic hydrogenated foods are. Start reading labels...

The healthiest fats are found in fatty fish like salmon, flax seed, nuts, olives and avocados. I eat at least some of them every day.

Note also there is zero cholesterol in our GREEN BEAN and LENTIL SOUP. Well, a tiny bit in the butter.

Green Beans

Green bean salad with feta cheese.

Growing and cooking green beans isn't rocket science.

Can you beat my lunch today for a healthy delic meal? Find a patch in your garden this spring for a few pole beans. They are so rewarding and easy to grow. Fresh green beans from your own garden are a delight, and so healthy. Plant 3-4 pole beans every few weeks through the summer ...

All legumes have the amazing symbiotic relationship with myriads of tiny bacteria that have the ability to turn atmospheric gas into usable nitrogen in the form of ammonia.

Legumes use that nitrogen to build amino acids, the building blocks of protein that we so vitally need for our own bodies.

Mexican bean beetle larvae and beetles are a serious problem for many gardeners; there are green solutions. Definition of cutworm reveals how we have sorted these bugs out; hens.

Chickens in the garden have been a wonderful addition to our green home.

Build a Compost Pile

You do need garden space, but build a compost pile is the first step towards splendid garden veggies and better health. I can't recommend it strongly enough, if you have the room in your garden.

Build your own compost pile, or use a compact compost tumbler if space is limited.

Sufferin Succotash

If you're trying to reduce your red meat consumption then this old Indian dish, sufferin succotash, is a delic way to make sure you are getting enough protein. It's fun to try different recipes in any case, now and then. Generally we eat from far too narrow a range of foods.

And if you have a small garden, plant a row of radish every couple weeks in the summer. So easy, and you are rewarded in 3-4 weeks.


The Greeks are world leaders in making delic healthy food. This bean recipe can be made in a jiffy once you've soaked your butter beans. GIGANTES BUTTER BEANS RECIPE ...

Got some lima and green beans left over? Either in a wok, or the oven, as a favourite soup, mixing vegetables enables me to blend and enhance their subtle flavours. Limas can use a little garlic and ginger and few chillies to spice them up! This ROAST VEGETABLES RECIPE is one of our favourites, although we only enjoy it when the oven is already hot. It goes perfectly for example with a roast leg of mutton. Or roasted
pilchard fish cakes.

Modified Banting diet

This is probably the easiest, and healthiest way to lose weight; because of the high fat you don't feel hungry. I prefer this modified Banting diet because it allows and in fact encourages the use of legumes like lentils and beans; chickpeas for your hummus too.

A Family Affair

Writing a book is sometimes an author's way of examining a puzzling topic. Getting inside the skin of Santie Veenstra and Janet Twycross has given me a new understanding of the gay lifestyle. A Family Affair took ten years from conception to publication.

Book 1 is free on line at A FAMILY AFFAIR.

Books 2 and 3 are available as full ebooks for only $.99c each. Find out how the ladies acquire four illicit children... and the astonishment and delight when Peter's parents, quite sure their own son will have no issue, discover they have four teenage grandchildren.

You may not agree with the gay lifestyle, but I promise you you'll read these books from cover to cover!

Why are ebooks so cheap? Because they are rubbish? Not so, do you realise that at only 99c I earn more than getting a regular book printed through a publisher? Paper books are doomed, but it's going to take a while. Meantime, on your smartphone, tablet or Kindle you can enjoy ebooks for a fraction of the price of a book from the local bookstore.

Read my latest trilogy? Only $1.14 each. Hold onto your hat...


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