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Wednesday: Apple Grilled Cheese and Lentil Soup

Serves: 4     Prep: 20     Cooking: 45 (mostly inactive)

Ingredients

For Lentil Soup
2 cups French green lentils
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fresh arugula or spinach, stemmed and torn 
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
1 juicy lemon, zested and juiced
1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
½ teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes3 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped 
 
For Apple Grilled Cheese
1 onion, thinly sliced
8 slices good sourdough bread
4 tablespoons butter butter
Mustard – Dijon, whole grain, or honey mustard 
½ pound sliced Gruyére cheese
½ pound Brie, chilled and sliced
2 apples, cored and hinlysliced

Instructions

Prep Opportunity
The onions and lentils can be made earlier in the day.
1
In a large pot, over medium-high heat, combine lentils with 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
2
While the lentils are cooking, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 10 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
3
Start the grilled cheese. Butter the bread slices on one side. On the unbuttered side of four slices, assemble ingredients in the following order:  mustard, a layer of both cheeses, apple slices, onions. Add another layer of mustard to the remaining four unbuttered sides.
4
Once lentils are ready, drain, transfer to a bowl and set aside.
5
In the same pot over medium heat, warm the oil, add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally until golden, about 6 - 8 minutes.
6
Add arugula or spinach and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
7
Add the lentils, cumin, lemon zest, broth, and 2 cups water to the onion, garlic, and arugula. Let simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8
Place sandwiches in the skillet, over medium heat, with a brick or in a panini press and cook until golden brown on both sides.
9
Stir cilantro into the soup and taste for salt.
10
Serve soup immediately with the grilled cheese sandwiches.