Creamy Red Lentil Soup

19 Dec

platedRed lentils are packed full of nutrients (in descending order): molybdenum, folate, fiber, manganese, iron, and protein (1 cup of cooked lentils contains 37.5% of your daily intake of protein).  Interested in learning more?).  We’ve known about the great nutritional values of lentils for thousands of years!  Lentil seeds have been found in pre-farming communities in Syria dating from 9200-7500 BCE.  Think that’s interesting? Read how archaeologists found a 4,000 year old sprouted lentil seed!

When I have a big bowl of soup I love nothing more than dipping fresh, hot out-of-the-oven bread! I paired this soup with my flat bread, topped with fresh organic rosemary and lemon organic extra virgin olive oil.herbed lemon oil

herbed lemon flat breadTo balance the meal, I paired steamed organic sweet potato home fries and steamed organic baby spinach with a drizzle of the rosemary lemon olive oil.Plate

sweet potato home friessteamed spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 medium organic onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of organic garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Spritz of fresh lemon, if desired

Directions:

  1. In a large pot on medium heat, saute and stir your olive oil, onions, garlic, and spices until your onions are translucent (about 5-7 minutes. Make sure to stir so nothing sticks!).  Add your water and bring to a boil.  Once the water reaches a rapid boil, add your lentils and return to boil.  Once boil is reached, turn the heat down to low-medium heat.
  2. Let your soup simmer for at least 30 minutes (until the lentils are tender).   Once your lentils are cooked through, it’s time to blend!  You may use either your immersion blender  or blend your soup in batches in your blender, until smooth and creamy.immersion blender
  3. Once your soup is blended, you may either serve at that time, or reduce the heat to low and serve when desired (the flavors develop as the soup sits.  Just remember – the water will reduce, so if it becomes thick, add a little water until the desired consistency is reached).  Add a spritz of fresh lemon, if desired, and serve.soup
  4. Enjoy eating whole!

red lentil soup

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