Rich and Hearty Lentil Soup

Rich and Hearty Lentil Soup 

Winter is near and now is the perfect time to start tuning up your culinary soup skills. For me, the perfect soup includes substantive ingredients that I can actually get full from eating; is relatively fast and easy to prepare because I am super busy; and consists of staple ingredients that I will more than likely have on hand. My sweetheart made this soup for dinner last night and it was so wonderful I thought it was a must that I share it with you all. Enjoy:   


Rich and Hearty Lentil Soup

2 cups of green lentils
7 cups of vegetable broth (add less cups for a thicker broth)
1 cup of dry red wine
2 medium size potatoes washed, quartered and cut into bite-sized pieces
6-8 mushrooms diced
2 ribs celery chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 onion, diced
2  cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup dill
1 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground sage
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
3 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tea spoon brown sugar

Sauté the onions on medium for approximately 5 minutes until they are brown and aromatic. Add the rest of the veggies and sauté them until they have a very slight glaze to them. Add the spices and mix.  Next add in the broth and the potatoes.  Bring to a high heat and let boil for 5-8 minutes. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer on the stove until potatoes are soft.  Taste the broth to ensure the flavor is to your liking and add extra spices as needed.  Have some water on stand by as the ingredients will soak up the broth.  You want the consistency of a thick soup not stew.  Remove bay leaves and add the dill right before serving. Enjoy!

Why I eat soup:
Some of you may or may not know my story but to recap, in 2005, I wore a size 12 dress and weighed 205 pounds. It wasn't until someone asked me if I was pregnant that I decided it was time I better make some changes in my life because you guessed it, I wasn't pregnant. I was living life eating the typical high calorie-high fat-mostly meat-American diet. By shifting to a plant based lifestyle, which included smoothies, juices, and a variety of soups, I was able to lose weight and keep it off.
2013 is coming to an end and I have been able to maintain a healthy weight of 137 pounds and sexy dress size of 4. You can do it too by simply making modifications to your current diet! Contact me at veronica@healthynutaz.com and I can help you get started.  


How can eating soup support weight loss?

·        Great way to get more vegetables into your diet
·        Soup eaters consume less calories than non-soup eaters
·        The high fiber content and warm broth supports regular bowel movements
·        Soups are typically eaten more slowly than other meals thus allowing the sense of fullness to occur


Go Nuts for Your Health!

Veronica 
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