Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lentil Soup - 3 points

Hearty, hot soup in the summer? Yes. I know that it isn't popular with some people, but to me soup is a year round food. I like this one because it uses so many great items that are available at the Farmers Market- not just the veggies and herbs but also the molasses. If you have not had molasses that was grown and pressed locally, you have not really had molasses. The taste difference is monumental.

Lentil Soup
1 lb dried lentils
1/2 cup brown rice
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup tomato paste
1 cup celery, chopped
1 tbsp molasses
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Wash and sort lentils. Place in large pot; cover with water by 2 to 3 inches. Bring to a boil and cover. Turn down heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Add brown rice and simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients save lemon juice and simmer for another 15 minutes. Add lemon juice just before serving.
3. Yields 12, 3 point servings


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10 comments:

  1. I love lentil soup - this looks tasty.

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  2. Looks delicious! Lentils are on my menu a lot for next week. I'll be making this soup!

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  3. This looks delicious and as it is Winter here just about perfect! :)

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  4. I am with you. Soup is year round and this looks so good I will be making it soon!

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  5. Soups are great when you're following WW, they fill you up a treat for only a few points.
    Yours looks yummy.

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  6. I'll take lentil soup any day of the year! This looks delicious. I really need to find good molasses.

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  7. Looks very hearty and filling and delicious :)

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  8. thats indeed a healthy n lovely soup..

    Ongoing Event at Good Food:
    COOK IT HEALTHY:PROTEINicious

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  9. Love lentils, and this soup sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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