Soup || Homemade Cilantro Lentil Soup

Even though it’s almost June, it has been a little cold here and it seems that a soup recipe might be in order. Great flavour and hearty ingredients make this a classic in our house. Lentils are a great food for vegetarians to embrace. They are very high in protein, vitamin B and folate. Cilantro is full of antioxidants

Studies have shown a direct relationship between soup consumption and successful weight loss.  As a weight loss strategy eating soup helps by slowing your rate of intake and reducing your appetite by filling your stomach. (This is from Dr. Joel Fuhrman author of Eat to Live)

What we love: Lentils are so healthy and this is a great way to eat them. Especially when you choose the French lentils — delicious!

What we love less: So this is not a raw dish … but lentils are best not consumed raw so really this soup is pretty perfect!

Homemade Lentil Cilantro Soup

2 medium sized onions
4 stalks of celery
4 large carrots
1/2 of one green pepper
1 bulb of garlic
1 cup french green or blue lentils
2 liters of water

Finlely chop the two onions and the celery. Grate the carrots very finly so that the carrots become part of the broth. Put all of these ingredients into a dutch oven and add the water. Let it cook until the lentils are done (about 30 minutes). French lentils do not need to be soaked and never turn mushy like other varieties of lentils (bonus!).

1-28oz can of large diced tomatoes
2 liters of vegetable broth
2 cups tomato sauce (we use Prego)
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch cilantro
1 rounded teaspoon curry powder
1 rounded tablespoon dried basal
3 turns of fresh ground pepper

Add all of this to the original pot. Finely chop the parsley and cilantro. Let it cook for another 30-40 minutes and serve! Keep in mind that soup can always be frozen or refrigerated for up to 5 days and that each day it tastes better as the flavours merge.

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About mlssa.perry

In our house we have two main loves, eating, and reading! Hence two blogs to cover them both. The Fresh Svelte Kitchen is a collection of vegan, mostly raw recipes that we love and want to share. G's Top Shelf is an archive of our favourite children's books that grows with 4 year old G as we read more and as his book preferences change.
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2 Responses to Soup || Homemade Cilantro Lentil Soup

  1. Colline says:

    Lentil soup is one of my favourite meals. Next time I may try a few of your added ingredients 🙂

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