When you enjoy the satisfaction and health benefits of cooking your meals from scratch, prefer meat-free meals, and your man has a good appetite, you really have to stay on top of things in your kitchen. Before I left for Ohio in mid July, I took stock of my kitchen supplies trying to use everything up and with a couple of tweaks, made lentil soup. I know, soup in this heat?? But it's good cold too. And more importantly, it's cheap to make! That's basil from my wonderful indoor garden. With these ingredients, plus a small cooking onion, I basically follow this recipe, get creative with spices (I like to add a little finely chopped fresh ginger, cumin, coriander, and hot sauce), and have a simple filling soup that feeds us for several days. It's even better after the flavors develop in the fridge for a day or two. With brown rice, Irish soda bread, or grilled cheese, you can't go wrong or hungry!