You want to find and keep recipes you really like looking forward to cooking. This lentil soup recipe is simple. I like easy. You can cook it all in a large slow cooker and have it ready to eat in about eight hours.
Lentils are nutritious like beans. Legumes include beans, peas and lentils. They are full of fiber and vegetable protein. Did you know soluble and insoluble fiber are essential nutrients? They are, even though they both are ingestible. They sweep our intestines clean. We do want a clean house, don’t we?
But, fiber does more than that. It helps lower cholesterol, as well as stabilize your blood sugar and is important in losing weight. We all need fiber. You only find it in plant based whole food, not in any animal products. Fiber helps protect your heart and fight diabetes. Eating lentils is part of ‘heart healthy’ eating [1 nhlbi.nih.gov].
Here’s what I add to my lentil soup…
- Add two cups of lentils
- Be sure to rinse and sort them (you don’t want hidden tiny pebbles to crack your teeth!
- Add 1-32 oz. box of low sodium vegetable bullion
- I use a Cuisinart™ to chop, shred and dice
- One medium onion
- One cup of celery
- One cup of carrots
- Spinach or kale (optional half cup)
- Add cup of quinoa, millet or one medium white or red potato
- Add 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or one clove of garlic to taste
- Dash of basil and parsley
- Add an eight ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- Cook lentils first for about a half an hour
- Then, add the vegetables cooking for about another half hour or until everything, including lentils are tender
I like warm food. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s summer or winter. Warm meals (including soups) are comforting. I prefer eating fruits and vegetables (like salads) at room temperature, unless it’s broccoli (I usually steam it for about five minutes.)
1 URL nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/heart-healthy-lifestyle-changes#Heart-healthy-eating
Website Title National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Article Title Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Date Accessed February 10, 2018
Note- contact your doctor before you change your diet.