Lentils With Love: Quick High-Fiber Recipe

I was clearing out a cupboard in my kitchen the other day, and I came across the gem of a book, “The Peaceful Cook,” by Harriet Kofalk. She was a deep ecologist who deeply believed in peace.

Here are some of her thoughts about cooking, which are particularly nice to resurrect since she was killed tragically a number of years ago:

“Cooking in peace–with peace–creates an atmosphere of peace in which we can grow more fully. As we become more peaceful cooks, so do our lives become more peaceful. Peace is the ultimate challenge to create, which in itself creates the ultimate joy. Peace is a power within, and we who spend any time in the kitchen can reconnect with peace there.”

View of the Whole: “Love your body,” many healers recommend. One way we can do this is to feed it high-fiber meals which allow its inner toothbrushes to work most effectively. Positive thoughts are the “high-fiber” meals our minds need to work most effectively, a good thought to ponder while preparing this dish.

1 1/2 cups dried lentils
1/4 cup raisins
4 cups vegetable stock or water

1 tsp. basil
1 Tbs. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin powder
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup tomato paste

Soak dried lentils if you prefer. Drain; add raisins and stock. Simmer 1o minutes. Add other ingredients and simmer 30-40 minutes, until tender, adding more stock if needed. May be served over rice, noodles, or with corn tortillas. Serves 6.

To prepare tortillas: Heat 2-3 corn tortillas per person in a hot dry skillet, 30 seconds on a side (just until softened and warm). On top of each tortilla put 1/2 cup “Lentils with Love,” then top each stack with 1/2 medium zucchini, shredded, 2 Tbs. yogurt, and 2 Tbs fresh alfalfa sprouts.

Embracing Mother Earth: The amazing list of high-fiber foods includes most of the major ingredients in this meal: Corn, lentils, zucchini, raisins, and tomato. So it tones the body while it nurtures us with the love of cooking meals that satisfy. Enjoy!

Adapted from The Peaceful Cook, by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, 1991). Copyright (c) 1991 by Harriet Kofalk. Reprinted by permission of Living Tree Paper.
Adapted from The Peaceful Cook, by Harriet Kofalk (Peace Place, 1991).


Ro H.
Ro H4 years ago


Kath P.
Kath P4 years ago

I eat lentil soup all of the time...this recipe gives me some ideas on how to switch it up. Thanks.

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


J.L. A.
j A4 years ago


Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley6 years ago

Thanks, this sounds good.

Rita B.
Rita B6 years ago

going to try it! thanks!

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Fiber is important. Thanks.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Annie.

John M.
John M7 years ago

"The Peaceful Cook" ; what a wonderful title.The meal is worth trying based on that book title alone.My aunt Beatrice used to cook organic meals and the love and peace in her heart made every meal a special occasion.

Fran C.
Fran C7 years ago

The Peaceful Cook. So many times we are in a hurry, chopping and tossing things in the pan. I can see how slowing down and enjoying the process would cause less acid in the stomach and more flavor to the food. Like a Japanese tea ceremony, conducted with calmness and focus, in the moment. A lovely suggestion.

And thank you for that lovely lentil recipe.