If you fancy making a really low cost and healthy soup then this red lentil soup could be perfect. It is full of flavour and even if you don’t like lentils I encourage you to try it as I think you will change your mind.
How healthy are red lentils?
The high fibre content of lentils supports heart health and can reduce cholesterol. They also have good amounts of folic acid and potassium both of which are also good for your heart. According to Medical News Today, the potassium, calcium and magnesium in lentils can naturally decrease blood pressure which is pretty good isn’t it?
Many people think vegetarians don’t have enough protein in their diet but the high amounts of protein in vegetables like lentils and other legumes like chickpeas really does help and often can more than replace what you could have got from meat.
Other uses for lentils
Lentils are a great replacement for meat in meals like bolognese or cottage pie. You do not need to replace all of the meat but even just adding a handful as a healthy extra can make a huge difference. Less meat also reduces the cost per portion of your meal substantially.
I use lentils in a moussaka recipe you may like to try too. They really are so good and taste amazing in things like this. If you haven’t given lentils a try yet then you really should.
What to enjoy with this red lentil soup
This soup would be great with a slice of sourdough bread or even a piece of homemade pizza. If you want to enjoy it on its own then why not pop it in a flask to take to work? This will keep it warm until lunchtime.
Red lentil soup for weight loss
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
How to have a healthy winter this year
If you are planning how to feel good this winter then you need to add a healthy diet to your list. Whether you follow a weight loss plan or just eat a little healthier it should be easy to plan a healthier winter. A few simple swaps like eating grilled chicken instead of fried chicken could make all the difference.
Are you starting the day with a healthy filling breakfast? Try overnight oats or baked oats for a good start to the day as an alternative to porridge and I am sure you won’t feel hungry until lunch. Why not pop your tea in the slow cooker at the same time as you make breakfast to save time? Most of my healthy recipes can easily be adapted for the slow cooker.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on nutrients too with things like cranberry juice drinks and ensure any recipes you make include plenty of vegetables.
What are your favourite cheap ingredients? Lentils are as cheap as chickpeas so why not try this one-pot chickpea curry too.Print
A tasty and easy red lentil soup recipe.
190g red lentils
1200ml water or as required to get the desired consistency
120g finely chopped carrots
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 vegetable stock cube
Salt to taste
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1/2 a lemon or to taste
Wash the lentils and set aside.
Add chopped onion and a bay leaf and saute until the onion becomes translucent.
Add lentils and let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are nicely cooked.
Once the lentils are cooked, remove the bay leaf and blend the soup in a blender or food processor until it becomes smooth and creamy.
Let the soup simmer for around 5 minutes and then remove from heat.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Keywords: lentil soup, red lentils,
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