An entire meal in a bowl. Yep, this lentil soup, or better yet, spiced lentils and sausage soup will be all you need on any day to fill your belly with goodliness!
Lentils are so exceptionally healthy for you. Ever wonder why? If you Google ‘healthy benefits of lentils’ you’ll quickly understand why! Here’s just a smattering of information. Remember, it’s up to YOU to know how to make yourself healthier, and it starts with putting some time into learning more about foods that are good for you.
Tell me About Lentils
According to WebMD:“Lentils are one of the world’s oldest health foods. Growers first raised these beans in the Middle East in 8,000 B.C, and they’ve worked their way west since then. Along the way, Greeks considered the bean a poor man’s food while Egyptians often regarded it as royal fare.The lentil came to the Americas in the early 16th century. During World War II, people began to see it as a low-cost, high-protein meat substitute.The lens-shaped bean comes in several varieties. The most common types are brown, green, and red. Dietitians like the gluten-free food because it’s got lots of nutrition. Cooks like how its subtle flavor makes it the perfect canvas for other ingredients and seasonings.Hey, if you’re not cooking lentils, then you’ve come to the very finest recipe you’ll find. Mine! I’ve had so many taste testers try this lentil and sausage soup, and it’s always with rave reviews. Now, if you don’t want to season with the sausage, then you can use a beef shank or throw in a lamb loin chop when they’re cooking. Lentil soup with meat is simply divine and an entire meal!”
Some Other Lentil Benefits
- They’re full of polyphenols.
- They’re high in protein.
- They’re a good source of iron.
- They’re full of fiber.
- Lentils are good for your bones.
- They’re a good source of folic acid.
- They’re high in magnesium.
If you follow me long enough, you’ll know that I LOVE BEANS! Here’s another with andouille sausage, beans and kale. Yes, to die for! But, don’t cuz you’ll wanna eat a second bowl!
- 5 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 cup sweet onions, small dice
- 2 tsp. garlic, very fine dice
- 1 lb. lentils, dried and rinsed
- 1 (32 oz.) chicken stock + 4 cups water, divided
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 ½ tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) chopped tomatoes
- 1 lb. sweet sausage, ground (not links)
- Put three tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot (like a Dutch oven). Turn heat to medium. Add the onions and garlic and sauté about 5 minutes, stirring so as not to burn.
- Add the lentils half of the chicken stock and all the water. Bring to a roaring boil for 10 minutes over high heat. Reduce heat to medium high. Add the cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt and pepper. Cover and cook at a simmering boil another about 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, in a large skillet (I love cast iron!), put the remaining olive oil, crumble the sausage and cook over medium high heat until browned and done. Add to the lentils scraping out any drippings from the skillet.
- Add the tomatoes and cooked sausage to the lentils. Reduce heat to medium low and cook another about 15 minutes.
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