Red Lentil with Turnip and Parsley

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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As I begin the New Year, I tend to go back to healthy soups and salads to slim my waistline down a bit. But, I do love soups and lentil dishes all year round. Brown lentils are sold with their seed coat on, and have a grayish-brown exterior and a creamy interior, a staple in the Greek diet. Lentils provide you with protein, calcium and vitamins A and B, iron, and fiber.

A traditional Greek lentil soup is made from the brown variety. Red lentils bring a new flavor to my taste buds, a smoother and creamier consistency. Red lentils are smaller, rounder, and sans seed coat, popular in many cultures including  the Middle-East, India, and Morocco. This tiny-shaped pulse has long been used as a meat substitute for centuries. Give these a try and you will be surprised with the new flavors of red lentils.

Red Lentil Soup with Turnip and Parsley

Soup's On: Red Lentil with Turnip and Parsley
 
This delicious soup has all the health benefits you need for a healthful meal.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 finely chopped celery stalks
  • 1½ cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1½ cups red lentils
  • 1 peeled and diced turnip
  • 6 cups water
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tabelspoons olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, and celery to the pot, cook and stirring until tender 6-8 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to high and add tomatoes, cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add lentils, turnip and water and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes until lentils are tender.
  6. Stir in chopped parsley vinegar, salt and pepper.
  7. Don't skip the parsley or vinegar, it adds the freshness you need for the lentils.

Recipe from WholeLiving.com

 

 

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