Lentil Soup with Vegetables


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This is a very inexpensive lentil soup to make to make in the crockpot with staple ingredients and water.  I make it with extra lentils which I drain and use in salad.  Or you could eat them all with the soup.  Lentils are a very good source of fiber, folate, manganese, a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus, and copper.  They are low in saturated fats and cholesterol.  Although lentils are technically a carbohydrate, they have a low glycemic index.  This means that they do not spike your blood sugar levels, so are appropriate for diabetics.
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Lentil Soup with Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1-pound bag of lentils, washed and picked over to remove any small stones or other foreign matter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into thirds
  • 1 small bunch of celery, washed and cut into thirds
  • 1 small bunch of green onions, trimmed
  • 1 head of garlic, left whole
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, optional
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley (you can tie the ends together with a string so you can pull it all out together)

Instructions

Remember to leave you vegetables fairly large because you are going to fish them out at the end and zush them in your blender to thicken the soup.  Now here’s the hard part.  Put everything in the crockpot and set it on low for 8 hours.

Okay. Use a slotted spoon to fish out the vegetables.  I just wiggle it a bit and most of the lentils fall through, then you can just push the celery or carrot into the blender without burning your fingertips.  It’s okay if some lentils get into the blender.  Add just enough water to the blender so that you can puree the vegetables.  Pour the puree back into the soup, taste for seasoning, and serve.

Serves 6-8.
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Nutritional Information

  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sodium
  • Very high in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in manganese
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C