by Christine Hunt

A few weeks ago I was on Whidbey Island, WA for some training and stayed a night with some friends who served this delicious Lentil Soup.  Lentils, as most beans and legumes, are high in protein providing 18 grams per 1 cup serving.

And soups are filling, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals but low in calories for those of you who are looking to lose weight.

This recipe uses vinegar which gives it a light, tangy taste which I loved.  If you are not a fan of vinegar, you may want to start with a lesser amount, taste, then add more to your liking.  It also has a little bit of ham for flavor.  You may choose to include it or not

Serve this with a green salad and perhaps some whole grain bread and it is a quick, filling meal for your family or a friendly gathering.

NOTE:  To make it more filling try adding in a bit of whole grain rice to the recipe or spoon the soup over the rice in a bowl to make a heartier meal.  You may also add some greens like spinach, kale or chard to the recipe to meet your weekly greens quota.

To your health!

 

Lentil Soup (German “Linsen Soupe”)

Lentil Soup

 

 

 

This recipe makes a large pot full of delicious soup.  It also freezes well.

 

 

Ingredients:

16 oz      lentils (or 3.5 cups)

1 lb.        ham, cubed (or you can use leftovers or ham hocks)

1 cup     onion, diced

2 cups   carrot, chopped

1.5 c.      tomato, chopped (canned is okay)

2-3          celery stalks, chopped

1              green pepper, chopped

6 Tbs.    butter

6 Tbs.    flour

2 cans    beef bouillon soup (condensed, undiluted)

1/4 c.     vinegar (either red wine vinegar or plain white)

 

Directions:

Place lentils and ham in a large soup pot along with 10 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Simmer covered for about 1.5 hours.

Add the onion, carrot, tomato and celery.  Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are almost cooked.

Meanwhile, in a separate pan, prepare the final part:  Melt the butter and remove from the heat.  Stir in the flour until smooth.  Gradually stir in the bouillon.  Add vinegar and bring to boiling, stirring.  Add this to the soup.  Cook over low heat until well blended and all the veggies are done.  if necessary, add a little bit of salt.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Christine Hunt

An experienced Wellness Coach, Certified EFT and Certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner, Christine Hunt gets results for her clients that conventional therapies cannot. She takes the whole person approach when working with her clients. She has been a Certified Practitioner since 2013 and has done hundreds of sessions helping her clients to uncover and remove the obstacles to their problems with weight, illness, pain, addictions, traumas, relationships, grief/loss and financial security opening doors to their personal fulfillment and happiness. Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed. Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.
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