Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lentil Soup

Hi ladies! I just wanted to share a yummy recipe with you. I made it for dinner tonight and it was very tasty and good for you. I'm not sure of the exact calorie content for each bowl of this lentil soup, but I checked and one cup of cooked lentils is only 230 calories and you're not eating an entire cup of lentils in each bowl.

The recipe makes A LOT! You will have enough soup for several meals.

1lb. ground beef (you can eliminate this, but remember the meat will be spread out over many bowls)
1 large onion
6 cloves garlic
5-6 large carrots
1 bag baby spinach
1 bag dried lentils
1 large can (29 oz) petite diced tomatoes
4 large beef bullion cubes or 8 of the small ones
12 cups water
2 bay leaves
3 tsp. basil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Start by rinsing lentils and browning your ground beef in a large soup pot. After beef is browned, drain off all fat and add the chopped onion, diced carrots and garlic (I use a garlic press for my garlic, but you can chop it if necessary). Add the water, beans, tomatoes, bullion cubes, and all seasonings. Bring to a rolling boil and then lower to a low/med heat and simmer for an 1 1/2 or so. Add the spinach and Parmesan cheese towards the end.

Like I said, this makes a lot of soup. I imagine that you can add a variety of vegetables, whatever you have on hand. You can also make this completely meatless. Google the benefits of lentils and I think you'll be surprised. They really good for you and super high in fiber.

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