The sun is shining, tulips are blooming, skies are blue. But there is still a chill in the air.
So even though I tend to move away from soups and stews as Springtime rolls into town, I have been craving red lentil soup.
A big bag of Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils has been staring back at me for the past couple of months.
Before I get to my veggie and lentil extravaganza recipe, let’s just take a quick look at the healthy goodness that lentils have to offer:
Low in fat
High in fiber
High in iron
High in protein
High in two-B vitamins
All of this for few calories
Time to break out the lentils, veggies, and soup pot!
This is such an easy and tasty recipe. It was a hit…my sister-in-law sent me this picture today:
Even this little guy enjoyed the soup!
Red Lentil Veggie Soup
1 onion, chopped
2-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 14.5 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 cups dried red lentils
6 cups of water
2 cups of broth (I used veggie broth)
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Seasonings (I used Penzeys Singapore Seasoning – lots)
3-4 handfulls of spinach
*Heat soup pot and spray with non-stick spray.
*Saute onion until brown, add carrots and broccoli and brown.
*Add lentils, tomatoes, water, broth, lemon juice, seasonings.
*Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and let simmer for 45 min-1 hour.
*Add more seasoning if needed.
*Add spinach and stir in so it wilts.
*Take off the heat and let cool.
*Blend with a stick blender or in a blender.
This is not the prettiest soup but is a great way to pack in loads of veggies and heart-healthy lentils!
What’s cooking in your kitchen today?
I would have never thought of Singapore Seasoning. Penzey’s is great! I have been ordering from them for over 15 years.
Penzeys Zatar spice was another new one I tried. That will be my go-to hummus seasoning!
Lentils are one of those things I have yet to experiment with. I need to try them out before it gets too hot for soup! I have tried a lentil loaf before and loved it so I really need to buy some and force myself to use them.
I’m weird in the way that I’ll crave soup/chili in the middle of July. Funny how that happens. But hey- sometimes you need comfort food during the summer, too. 🙂
Totally love the lentils. And they are so good in soup!!
Looks like a great recipe! I like that there aren’t too many ingredients- seems like it would be easy enough to make!