Friday, December 27, 2013

[Food Series] Healthy and Hearty Red Lentil Soup

In the winter months, you can pretty much bet that at least once a week, soup will be served in our house! I just love soup! There's something so warm and cozy about snuggling up to a steamy bowl of soup, how it fogs up the kitchen windows and let's face it, how super easy it is! This red lentil soup is a staple in our house. Enjoy!



Ingredients
2 cups Red Lentils
1 cup Celery
1 cup Carrots
1 cup Onions
1 medium Potato
1 medium Tomato
2 cloves of Garlic
3 Bay Leaves
1 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Cardamon
1 teaspoon Cumin
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Lemon

To make things really simple, I generally buy a large container of Mirepoix, which is all celery, carrots and onions already diced for you! Genius! If your grocer doesn't carry this, you'll just have to do it the old fashioned way. Also, dice the potato and tomato and finely grate the garlic. Now here comes the hard part: Throw everything into a large soup pot. Fill it with halfway with water, cover and simmer for about half an hour, then uncover and simmer for another 30 minutes, making sure to stir every now and then. Ladle the soup in to your bowl and squeeze a quarter slice of lemon to finish. That's IT! So easy, so nutritious and so delicious! Enjoy!

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