Friday, November 4, 2016

Hearty Lentil Soup! No ham allowed!

I chose to make this soup meatless but if you so desire; add some diced or chopped ham or chicken to it.

Did you know that Lentils are some of the most nutritious, and at the same time economical, foods in the world? and among the winter growing legumes, lentils have the highest concentration of antioxidants.

We are told to keep our cholesterol under control and  lentils are low in fat and high in fiber, they can help get rid of cholesterol and reduce blood cholesterol levels as I have been reading in various health articles. I haven't a clue at how much you must eat to do this but a bowl now and again might be a nice healthy choice.

My hubby, a recent heart surgery patient, is trying really hard to eat more heart healthy foods and that brings me to the lentil soup recipe.

He has agreed to try everything I make regardless of whether he had chose to not indulge before.  I am happy to report he ate a huge bowl and said he enjoyed it!!!

1/2  lb. dry lentils(rinsed thoroughly and remove any lentils or particles that rise to top)
Note:  I rinsed the lentils at least five times
2 T. Olive oil
1/4 cup diced ham or chicken (optional)
1 small onion chopped
1 or 2 stalks celery chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1 carrot sliced or diced thin
salt and pepper to taste
1 -32 oz. Low sodium chicken or veggie broth
1 cup water

In a large pot, heat oil. Stir in onion, celery,garlic and carrots.  Cook slowly until onion is translucent.  Add lentils and remainder of ingredients.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender and soup gets thick.  Add a bit more water if necessary. Delicious

From my kitchen to yours,

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