We had our first official arctic blast snowfall of the season, and that means we want to be eating some hearty soups! There is a sense of nostalgia sitting in the family room with the holiday decorations, watching the snow fall outside and enjoying a cup of wonderful soup. I wanted to share two hearty BUT healthy soup recipes. Soups are so easy to make because you virtually throw everything into a big pot, simmer and serve! Love that! One of my recipes is going to be vegetarian and the other with lean ground turkey for you meat lovers out there! Either way, the vegetarian one is packed with protein from lentils...which just so happen to be one of my favorites!! So, let’s get the soup simmering!
Hearty Lentil Soup
2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium carrots, cut into wheels
2 stalks celery, chopped
10 cups vegetable broth
2 cups lentils
1 cup barley
1 lb fresh kale
1 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
(Water if needed for consistency)
First put olive oil in a pot to coat the bottom. Then, add garlic, stirring to slightly start caramelizing. Pour vegetable broth into pot. Next, put in all other ingredients except kale. Include lentils, barley, carrots, celery and seasonings. Allow to simmer for 35 minutes. Lastly, add kale and stir in well and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot with a dollop of original Greek yogurt on top, if desired...stir in to make creamy!
Hearty Turkey/Spinach Soup
1 lb lean ground turkey
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 cups of organic chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes (no sugar added)
2 cups sliced carrots
2 (14.5 oz) cans great northern beans
3 medium zucchini, cubed
1 lb bag of Fresh Spinach
1/2 tsp salt and fresh ground black pepper
(Water if needed for desired consistency)
In a separate pan, brown turkey and drain. Add garlic, chicken broth, tomatoes and carrots. Reduce heat and simmer very low for 15-20 min. Stir in beans and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add spinach. Stir well and cover with lid to allow spinach leaves to wilt. Season with sea salt and pepper. Serve immediately and enjoy to the last drop!
Soups are a great way to stay warm and cozy this time of year! They are hearty and homey! Enjoy! Talk to you soon!