With the chilly temps outside, soup has become a necessity! However, store bought soups contain so much sodium, I instantly feel swollen. Your best option is to make your own! I am not one for complicated recipes, so here is a healthy, delicious and quite simple Lentil Soup recipe given to me by my father-in-law.
My daughter loved watching the process of chopping and dicing and adding all the ingredients into one pot. Everyone in my family loved this for dinner. I heated up whole wheat pita bread to dip in the soup. Filling, delicious, warm, and low sodium! Get messy! Have fun! And eat healthy!
Easy Homemade Lentil Soup Recipe
2 T olive oil
1 medium yellow onion- diced
2 ribs celery- diced
2 carrots- diced
1-2 garlic cloves- minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup dry green or brown lentils
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 tsp fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 T balsamic cream (you can find one at Whole Foods)- optional
1.) In a pot, over medium heat, add olive oil until hot, about 1 minute.
2.) Add onion, celery, carrots and any other veggies you like, and stir for 8 minutes or until veggies are tender.
3.) Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.
4.) Stir in cumin and a bundle of thyme (plan to remove thyme prior to serving).
5.) Add in lentils and tomatoes- bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer and put on lid.
6.) Simmer until lentils are tender, about 2 hours.
7.) Add water as needed if soup thins, about ½ cup at a time.
8.) Season with salt and pepper and balsamic cream to taste.