Why are Lentils Healthy Eating and Make Lentil Soup

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How and Why Are Lentils Healthy to Eat? What about lentils in soups, as burger or in salad dishes?

By Carol Giambri

Did you know that lentils are healthy to eat and come in different colors?  Lentil soup is easy to make with my recipe below. 

 I have found brown lentils and smaller ones called French lentils but not seen red and yellow I have read about.  They are sold in bulk at the health food store or local groceries in packages.  

Some health benefits for eating lentils…

  1. Helps eliminate cholesterol
  2. For diabetics it traps carbohydrates
  3. Due to their high levels of fiber, lentils increase the size of stool and helps eliminate constipation that many kids have today

Want to try making a recipe using lentils?  Before we start cooking got any "helpers" around the house to help you do the shopping, food prep and serving?  It's nice to involve the kids in healthy eating when they are young. 

Pass the cheese…

Since I don't eat meat or animal products for decades still my recipes are still delicious without the animal ingredients.  There are many vegan alternatives for cheeses sold at markets.  Sprinkle some on soups, mix in with your burgers or in your loaf.  You will be fooled at how delicious it is.

Ways to use lentils…

  • Salads once cooled down
  • In homemade burgers
  • Compliment to a grain dish
  • In soups
  • In loafs

Get the kids involved…

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Too young and busy with his cell phone to help

My online friend requested a soup recipe and though that I would share with everyone so I don't have a picture.  Teresa got a picture? I prefer to make my own most times. 

Here's a great kitchen helper….

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Granddaughter dressed to help

Carol's Lentil Soup – Serves approx. 4–Carol Giambri

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of unsoaked lentils (dried: 2 cups=pound)
  • 4 cups of water (at least enough to covet lentils) can always add in later or drain off some liquid or use for steaming veggies as side dish or another soup)
  • 3 – 4 large carrots chunks
  • 1 medium size onion (red or purple great-or whatever in on hand)
  • 4 buds of large pieces of fresh garlic
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper or a dipped fork grab of dried cayenne
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced in chunks or even medium size slices
  • (5 minutes before serving: pinch salt)
  • Green Cabbage slices (optional) 3 cups
  • Bay leaf (optional) and toss when soup is done
  • Note: organics always preferred
  • Note: Can always add more vegetables if you wish.
  • Herbs: of your choice…garlic chives if available as add on not replacing any thing

Directions:
Soak lentils overnight or about 8 hours to soften the lentils

Pour off soaked water and give to plants

In cooker heat up water  (watch it carefully so it doesn't evaporate as you may have to add to it.  I prefer to add when necessary instead of having too much broth); when heated add vegetables.  Can add more or take away. 

I usually use pressure cooker but always set timer and carefully monitor time. I would start with 15 minutes to see it bob and then check out how it is doing–need more time or not? Any pot will work. Covered is best.  Stainless steel best–no aluminum please.

Test of done: when lentils are tender and the vegetables are not very soft but if you wish them soft surely enjoy them that way.

Top each person's bowl with a sprig of parsley. 

Enjoy. 

Serving ideas: dish of rice near by, fresh salad

Reflecting and acting…

Now that you have read that lentils are healthy are you ready to make the soup recipe?    

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden and eating healthy as a frugal shopper.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby she enjoys encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.

 

 

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra McAllister August 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

WOW! Carol you have amazing recipes!! Love them all and along with all the wonderful gardening tips! You rock!!!!

Carol Giambri August 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thanks WOW101 lady Alexandra. Thanks for looking at this recipe and loving them all. “WOW” you make me to make more Oh, the gardening tips is fun. I love your WOW101 site. It is surely heart filled and bathed in love. The heart there represents “love.”

Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss August 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Carol, I love lentils!  It's been a long time since I had any – saving this recipe and making it soon.  Never made it with cabbage before.  Sounds yummy!!! Thanks for posting  x0x0x
Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss

Jen Bennett August 29, 2011 at 8:33 am

Love it!  Thanks so much for sharing!

michele August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

Love your recipes Carol! You expertise shines through!

denny hagel August 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

This is exactly the kind of soup my husband loves! And he loves to cook so I will pass it on to him! Thanks!

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

Cool Denny. A chef in your house. Wow. Let me know how “hubby” does with the recipe. He can stretch his imagination and play with herbs, etc. Keep me posted please.

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

Michele, glad you love the recipes. Use them and let me know how it they come out. Oh, glad expertise is showing up finally! Cool and thanks so much for your comment.

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

Jen, glad you love it. Hope it warms you up especially in winter; very hearty too.

Solvita August 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hi Carol, thanks for sharing this! Yes -  winter is the best time for soups as it warms up ;)

AJ August 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

Looks yummy Carol!
Thanks,
AJ

Olga Hermans August 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

Carol, this is a recipe that I am going to make for sure. Such a cute children and great helpers!

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Olga, thanks for compliment to my grandkids far away. Wish I had more of their help here but not my reality. Still fun to see them even in pictures. Recipe is super easy. I’m really about keeping it simple, without chaos.

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thanks AJ. It is yummy and super simple. Nothing special and imagination can move this to personalized level. Just found some lentils and it could be added in pic. another time.

Lori August 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Yummy recipe! I am going to give it a try this weekend.

Carol Giambri August 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Lori, thanks for peaking here. The recipe can make into your own version. This is pretty much a basic one that anything goes. Enjoy.

Elvie Look September 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

Love your new site and that soup looks delicious. I can hardly wait to try it. Hugs.

Carol Giambri September 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thank you so much Elvie for your comments. Lentil soup is super easy to make. Same like split peas. Soak beans before–cuts down on cooking time. Enjoy. Love your site bunches too.

Kelly September 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

My honey and I have just recently changed our diet to low fat vegan. I'm on the hunt for new recipes and your lentil soup looks like a winner – thank you!

Carol Giambri September 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

Kelly welcome aboard or on my side of the world-vegan, but eating mainly raw foods. It’s been decades here so I can do this with my eyes closed. Thinking of doing a coaching program to help others jump start this journey with tips, tricks and coaching plus recipes of course. Super fun and I had to change “suddenly” when hubby had a seizure one night in bed. Talk about scarey, but he survived and now 35 years later he is alive without one more. So I believe in this way of living — not as a fad, but a way of life. I love eating this way. Wishing you and your honey long life together — healthy too. Thanks for sharing.

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