Monday, May 10, 2010

Carrot Lentil Soup

I'm always on a mission to get my middle daughter to eat something that is not bread or goldfish crackers. So I was especially excited to find this recipe for Carrot Lentil Soup. I love lentils since they are fantastic sources of protein and fiber. Two things that I know Stephanie is not getting enough of in her daily diet.

The soup is very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and the next time that I make it I will add more carrots. I'm not sure if my carrots were on the small side but it wasn't a pretty orange like I saw in the original recipe.

I wasn't even going to take a picture because it looks like something I'd find in Eva's diaper. Looks aside, this was one yummy soup! I love how the carrots gave the soup just a hint of sweetness.

I took a bunch of plastic containers to freeze the soup into portions to have on hand for Stephanie's lunch. I'd like to double or even triple this recipe because I think it would be awesome for everyone to have for lunch with a sandwich.

Carrot Lentil Soup

1 tbsp canola oil
3 carrots, sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced ginger root
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
3/4 cup red lentils

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or parsley
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
(Alternately, sour cream and dill)

Heat oil in saucepan over medium. Cook everything except the lentils and stock in the oil for about 5 minutes (until onions start to soften).

Add stock and lentils. Bring to boil, then simmer 20 minutes. When carrots and lentils are soft, puree soup with immersion blender or in batches in regular blender.

Garnish with herbed yogurt or sour cream when serving. This soup freezes well.

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