Red Lentil & Quinoa Soup

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Red Lentil Soup is another meal that I grew up with and if you talk to my mother, she will tell you that it was one of three soups that I absolutely loved as a kid. The other soups if you are wondering are Chicken & Vegetable Soup and Vegetable & Lentil Soup.

The version of Red Lentil Soup that I grew up with included rice, so I have adapted it and swapped the rice with quinoa. The result I must say is amazing and not very different from the version from my childhood. Legumes are a whole food, packed full of fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, and are great for hearth health and digestive health.

I also have a Thermomix version, which you can check out HERE.

Ness xo

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Red Lentil & Quinoa Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons organic unsalted butter (you can also use olive oil)
  • 2 cups split red lentils, rinsed well
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • l litre organic or natural vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin (or 1 drop cumin essential oil)
  • 2-3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup organic quinoa, cooked as per packet directions
  • 2 - 3 lemons, juiced
  • OPTIONAL - 1 drop lemon essential oil

Method

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan on low heat. Add the onion and garic and saute for 10 minutes or until the onion has softened. Add the remaining ingredients (except the lemon, quinoa and essential oils (if using)) and bring to a boil.

Simmer for 20 minutes or until the red lentils are falling apart. Blend the soup with a hand stick blender. Add the quinoa and essential oils to the soup and stir through.

Add the lemon (I recommended adding the lemon slowly and tasting as you go as some people prefer it to have more lemon than others).

NOTE - If using essential oils, then make sure you add them at the end of the recipe with the cooked quinoa. 

I also have a Thermomix version, which you can check out HERE.

Find out more about essential oils and how amazing they are HERE!


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