Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday: Spinach and Red Lentil Soup with Chicken (6 Servings)

Remember I did red lentil salad awhile back?

Since everyone wondered why I did not use red lentils for soups instead, I thought I would give red lentil soup a try.

This soup recipe is perfect for your lunch.

Remember, for every lunch dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $3 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

500 grams boneless chicken breast in julienne ($6.29 CAN)

5 cups water ($1.00 CAN)

1 cup red lentil ($1.00 CAN)

3 carrots, diced ($0.89 CAN)

1/2 cup red onion, diced ($0.88 CAN)

4 stalks celery, diced ($0.74 CAN)

1 bunch spinach, washed and cleaned ($1.49 CAN)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.50 CAN)

3 teaspoons thyme ($0.20 CAN)

3 teaspoons salt ($0.10 CAN)

3 teaspoons pepper ($0.20 CAN)

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1) Pour vegetable oil into a heated pot.  Saute red onion until soften (about 5 minutes).

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2) Saute carrots and celery until you smell the aroma of celery (about 4 minutes).

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3) Cover the vegetables with water that you can easily stir them in the pot and bring the mixture into a boil.  Once you start to see some bubbling around the edges of the pot and a few wisps of steam on the surface, turn the heat down to medium-low.  Let stock simmer for about one hour.

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4) While stock is simmering, marinate chicken with 3 teaspoons of thyme, 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper.

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5) When stock is ready, cook chicken and red lentils in stock over medium heat.

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6) Once you start to see bubbling in the pot, cook spinach over medium.  Season soup with rest of salt and pepper. Serve soup when ready.

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There you are!  I got to taste everything in the soup.  In fact, I smelled a strong celery aroma when I was making the stock. Therefore, I know this soup was GOING TO BE AWESOME!

Ultimately, this dish costs $13.29 CAN in total, which is $2.22 CAN per serving. It is much better to enjoy your favourite soup at home!

What is your favourite red lentil soup recipe?  Post your comments below.  Till next time!

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