Lentil Soup

One of my favorite soups is lentil soup with sweet potato and spinach. It’s hearty, delicious, and packed with nutrients. When I provide dietary advice to my clients I always encourage them to choose foods that serve a purpose and this soup certainly fits that mold. Foods that serve a purpose are those that help maintain a healthy body weight and decrease the risk of disease. Lentils are a good source of plant based protein and fiber which decreases the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, which help protect the body from oxidative damage. I like to make a big pot of this soup each week as the flavors intensify after a day or two…leftovers are the best! A cup of lentil soup will leave you feeling full and satisfied and is hearty enough to be served as a meal. I like to garnish my soup with a couple slices of avocado.

This soup is nutritious, delicious, simple and quick to make, and budget friendly. Try it out…let me know what you think!


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Lentil Soup
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Course Plant-based, Soup
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Ingredients
Course Plant-based, Soup
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until they turn translucent
  2. Saute carrots, celery, and sweet potato, approximately 5 minutes
  3. Add cumin, stir
  4. Add broth, lentils, and bay leaves
  5. Bring the broth to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook at a low simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes until lentils are tender
  6. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the raw spinach. The heat from the soup will wilt it just enough so it does not get mushy. If you add the spinach during the cooking process it will over cook and be slimy...no one wants that!
Recipe Notes

I like to prepare this soup in a pressure cooker; it only takes about 8 minutes (on the high setting) once the cooker pressurizes. Saute the onion, garlic, carrots and celery for about 3-5 minutes and add the remaining ingredients to the pressure cooker. This method makes preparing this dish super simple and quick. And who doesn't want simple and quick after a long day of work??? Heck yeah!

Substitutions:

  • Chicken broth instead of vegetable broth
  • White potato or butternut squash instead of sweet potato

Enjoy!

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