Looking to include more lentils in your diet? Lentil soup is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to do it. Here are 4 simple and delicious recipes for you to try.
It’s hard to believe another year is almost here. I don’t know about you, but I love these few days leading up to the new year. It feels calm with the holiday craziness behind us, but also exciting, with a new, fresh year almost upon us. It’s a time to relax and enjoy what matters most in life, but also to reflect on the year behind and make plans and goals for the year ahead.
After eating Christmas leftovers for several days, I finally made this lentil soup yesterday. It was delicious, comforting, and helped clear my stuffy nose with its spice. Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. In addition to being economical and easy to prepare, lentils provide a whole lot of nutritional benefits, including being:
- An excellent source of vegan protein
- Packed with soluble and insoluble fiber (good for stabilizing blood sugar and aiding with digestion, respectively)
- A good source of iron, magnesium, and folate
- A slow burning energy fuel that will keep you going for hours
My top method for using this legume is in soup. Especially this time of year—whether it’s raw and rainy or bitterly cold and snowy outside, a bowl of lentil soup never fails to comfort. Just add some fresh bread, hummus, and crackers, or a grilled cheese, and you have a satisfying lunch or dinner. (I will often serve lentil soup—or any veggie soup—with a cheese panini on the side to appease my kids who are still learning to love lentils.)Want your kids to learn to love lentils? Start by adding just a small amount to chicken soup and pair it with a favorite such as grilled cheese. Click To Tweet
Here are 4 of my favorite lentil soup recipes:
1. Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato, and Kale Soup – from Oh She Glows
This vegan lentil soup packs in the heat with the simple addition of dried spices: cayenne pepper, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, and chili powder. It’s perfect for when you have a cold or just can’t seem to warm up.
2. Vegetarian Lentil Soup – from CooksAid
3. Spiced Lentil & Carrot Soup with Frazzled Onions – from Lavender and Lovage
Ok, I will let you in on a secret – I have not yet tried this recipe! I just came across it and think it looks marvelous. And I’m curious if the kids may like this better since it comes across more like a creamy carrot soup than a lentil soup. Let me know if you try it before me!
4. Simple Lentil Soup – from HÄLSA Nutrition
One of my first blog posts on this site. This is another simple and delicious lentil soup recipe! While the other 3 recipes use red lentils, this one uses green lentils. This soup also includes some favorite root veggies: parsnips and carrots, and fresh tomatoes instead of canned.
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Honestly, I could give you another 10 recipes that look amazing, but why overwhelm you with recipes–that’s what Pinterest is for! And anyways, it’s hard to go wrong with lentil soup. Whether you prefer it vegan or not, with red lentils or green, with spice or no spice, there is something for everyone. So pick a recipe, and give it a try. Make some adjustments to your liking and before you know it you will be have created your own fabulous lentil soup recipe!