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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Broccoli Soup Recipe Inspired by Gordon Ramsay (2 Servings)

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This is recipe is inspired by Gordon Ramsay in his Kitchen Nightmare UK show when he showed of the owners his version of broccoli soup. I find it very healthy, easy-to-make and delicious. I do not get why she said Gordon’s soup is too bland. Anyways, I like Gordon Ramsay not because of his pretty face, but because of his work ethic.  He works so hard to get to where he is now.  I truly believe anyone can achieve whatever they want as long as they are consistent, persistent, passionate, and hardworking. I cannot say I am a hard worker, but I work more than 12 hours a day to achieve the goals I want.

I am going to work at a kitchen this summer, so I believe I will introduce more unique recipes to you guys.

Anyways, I got the ingredients today and it took me one hour to make it.  Here is the recipe:

2 broccoli heads, cleaned and cut

6 cups water

1 tablespoon avocado oil

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons 0% yogurt

15 pistachios, crushed

pinches of salt and pepper

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1) Boiled water in high heat. Put salt, oil and broccoli in pot when water boiled. The water should be covering the broccoli.

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2) When broccoli is cooked.  Turned off the heat and strained the broccoli.   Make sure you saved the water because you need the water for blending later.

3) After straining the broccoli, put broccoli in the blender and blended until broccoli become small pieces (about 15 seconds).  Add garlic into blender and slowly added broccoli water.  At this point, the amount of water added is up to you.  Add just a little if you want a thick soup and add more if you want a thin soup.

4) Put the blended broccoli-water mixture to a pot and let it boil.

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5) When boiled, add salt and pepper for taste. Ladled soup to a small bowl.  Scooped yogurt to the soup and garnish with pistachio.

And voila. The soup tastes so good. It has the broccoli flavour with a slightly sour kick from the garlic and yogurt.  Pistachio also added a salty crunch to the soup.

Do you like broccoli? How do you usually eat your broccoli? Do you have your own secret broccoli soup recipe? Post your comments below. Till next time!