Lemon Lentil Soup

This is a healthy nutritious soup that is so delicious you won’t even know you’re enjoying a low calorie, high fiber meal.  It’s pretty flexible too.  If you don’t want to spring for fresh parsley and fresh cilantro, use one or the other.  Use about equal amounts of celery, onion, and carrot. Vegetable broth rather than chicken broth makes this a vegetarian or vegan soup.  I loved this so much, I immediately made a second batch.  The first batch, I used half brown lentils and half red lentils (thought to be honest, red lentils are orange).  The taste is quite similar but the red lentils do make a prettier soup.  Let’s be honest, brown doesn’t make for incredible appetizing food.

1 tablespoon olive oil 

1 medium onion, diced 

2 large stalks celery with leaves, diced

3 carrots, peeled and sliced or diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced 

7 cups vegetable or chicken broth

 2 cups lentils 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon ground coriander 

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper flakes

1 lemon, cut into wedges

In large stock pot, add oil and onion, celery and carrots and sauté over medium high heat for 4or 5 minutes, stirring every minute or two.  Add garlic to pan and sauté for another minute.  Add vegetable broth, lentils, parsley, cilantro, coriander, cumin, turmeric, black and red pepper to pan and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to a low and simmer for 25 minutes or until lentils are fall apart tender and vegetables are soft.  Serve each bowl of soup with a wedge of lemon, squeezing the juice from the wedge into each bowl.  If you really like lemon, serve with extra lemon wedges.  

 

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  1. Scrolling through your blog I see so many fresh wholesome foods and it makes me so happy! It’s so refreshing to read all your recipes. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m a blogger as well with an only slightly different cause…gardening. I love thinking about where food comes from so I work with a company called Cayisa to promote learning gardens, sustainable gardening, and reforestation. They’ve educated 78,000 kids about where their food comes from through their Seed for Seed program! Cayisa also sells some awesome jewerly to support their cause. You should check out the website (www.cayisa.com) and the blog (www.cayisa.wordpress.com)! Thanks!

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