Easy Lentil Soup

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Got Lentils? Do you know the healthy benefits of lentils- 30% of their calories come from protein! Dr. Fox shares this easy, hearty recipe for lentil soup with a only a few ingredients that you might already have in your pantry.

“Lentils are a very good source of cholesterol lowering fiber. Not only do lentils help lower cholesterol, they are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal.”  Read more from the World’s Heathiest Foods.

Serves 6

Ingredients:
SAUTE:

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 C lentils
  • 2 TB oil

ADD and bring to a boil:

  • 4 C water (chicken or other broth/stock for more flavor & nutrients)
  • 1 can tomatoes (14.5 oz) with liquid **you can substitute any tomato based item on hand such as spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc.**
  • 2 TB tamari (optional)
  • 1 clove minced garlic (add more if desired)

Reduce heat and simmer 1.5 hours until lentils are tender (often okay to eat in 30-45 min)

ADD During last 15 min. of cooking

  • 1 C sliced carrots
  • 2 TB lemon juice

GARNISH & SERVE hot:

  • snipped parsley
  • or cilantro

from the kitchen of Dr. Fox
originally posted March 2012

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