When I was a little girl, I did not appreciate the delicious meal my mom use to make us but I do now. One of them, it was Red Lentil Soup. I purchase red lentil couple days ago, and decided to make Red Lentil Soup. I love the flavor, great with crusty bread and with a Greek salad.
Red Lentil Soup
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced tomatoes, drained and peel the skin off
5 cups pastured raised chicken broth ( set aside another cup of chicken broth)
1/2 cup red lentils (soak overnight)
1/4 cup fine bulgur
1/4 cup basmati rice (soak overnight)
1 tbsp dried mint
2 teaspon paprika
2 tbsp tomato paste, add more if needed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
crumble feta cheese
Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. Cook and stir the onion until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes, stire the garlic for another 2 minutes, add the diced tomatoes to the onion mixture, and continue to cook, stirring another 10 minutes.
Pour the chicken broth, red lentils, bulgar, rice, paprika, tomato paste, cayenne pepper, and mint, season with salt and black pepper. Bring the lentil soup to a boil then simmer until the lentils and rice are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Pour half the lentil soup to a blender (if needed add a 1/2 to 1 cup of chicken broth) and start to blend (do not let it to purée). Pour into a bowl and sprinkle mint and crumble feta cheese or even avocado, if you have it.
Serves 2 with crusty bread and a small Greek salad.
I made mine a little thicker and added on top avocado. Everything is about expirementing your food. Bon Appetit!
7 Benefits on Lentils
Low in calories and high in nutrition
1. Low Cholesterol
2. Heart health
3. Stabilized Blood Sugar
4. Disgetive health
5. Good Protein
6. Increases Energy
7. Weight Loss