lentil soup

lentil soup

Lentil soup is one of my favorite soups because it is so satisfying and filling, not to mention lentils are so good for you.  This lentil soup is quick, easy, and one cup makes a large batch so you’ll be set for a few meals.  With the cold weather approaching, there couldn’t be more of a perfect meal to enjoy!

Eating well means fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to perform to it’s maximum ability.  Your body can’t thank you enough when you make healthy eating decisions.  For example, you will feel confident and secure with your body image because it will thank you by looking fabulous on the outside along with feeling amazing on the inside.  I’m talking about more energy, no stress, and a positive attitude – that’s what eating well can do for you!

So, what exactly is a lentil?  It it part of the legume (bean) family and is highly nutritional and readily available throughout the year. Lentils are a great source of fiber aiding in lowering cholesterol, which is a huge problem in today’s society due to all of the crap we ingest.  I enjoy lentils because they can be substituted for meat in a meal because they are so hardy and filling.  I think we can all cut back on our weekly meat intake and add more vegetables. With that being said, this delicious lentil soup will give you the energy you need to power through your day.

For this recipe you will need:

1 cup lentils
4 cups organic vegetable stock (preferably homemade)
2 carrots, peeled and small dice
2 celery stalks, small dice
1 large shallot, small dice
2 cloves garlic, minced
Fresh basil, julienned
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot over medium heat, sweat the shallot, carrot, and celery in 2 Tbsp olive oil with a sprinkle of salt.  Once the mirepoix is tender and more translucent in appearance (about 8 minutes), add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Then, add the lentils and stir everything together.  Pour the vegetable stock into the pot and once the soup has reached a simmer, continue to simmer on medium-low for 25-30 minutes.  Season the soup with salt and pepper to your liking.  Ladle the soup into a bowl, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and basil, and enjoy!

Healthy, satisfying, and flavorful… doesn’t get much better than that!

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