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Green Lentil Soup

  Green Lentil Soup

After being out in the bitter cold wintry weather, even just to run our errands, we always feel as if the cold has a way of working its way into our core.  And even for a long while after we’ve made our way into the warmth of our New York City apartments, we feel it.  We’ve found that one of the best ways to ward off these cold, wintry days, is to indulge in this savory, satisfying and nutritious lentil soup! Lentils are one of the most nutritious foods–full of fiber, protein, and iron—so they’ll keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day.

 

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This Green Lentil Soup is the perfect dish to make in large batches so that you have delicious leftovers for the next couple of days.  We suggest adding a dollop of Greek yogurt for additional protein in your meal.  It adds a rich creaminess and tastes like sour cream, but without all of the fat and calories! When we eat the leftovers, we often round out a protein-packed meal like grilled chicken with a half serving of the soup and a side salad.

 

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Green Lentil Soup

Serves 9

Serving Size: 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry, whole green lentils
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 dried red peppers* (such as these)
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste,
  • pepper to taste

*Alternatively you can use the 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes seasoning

Directions

1.  In a large pot bring about 5 cups of water to a boil. Add lentils to the water and boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

2. Remove the pan from the heat, and while keeping the lentils in the pan, drain most of the water to remove some of the bitterness by pouring over a strainer to catch any lentils that may fall.  The water that you pour will be blackened, but be sure to leave 1 inch of the water in the cooking pot to retain some nutrients, such as iron from the lentils.

3. Add more water to the pot so that there is about an inch of water above the lentils. Add carrots, onion, salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, garlic cloves, and bay leaves.

4. Snap the dried red pepper in half so that the seeds fall into the pot.

5. Stir the ingredients together and bring the water back to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low or a simmer and allow to heat until the soup reaches a thick consistency. Regularly stir especially towards the end so that the bottom does not burn.  This should take about 40 to 50 minutes. Once soup has thickened, season with rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over the top, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (without yogurt, oil drizzled on top and salt to taste): 193 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 436 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 15.5 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 12 g protein

 

Green Lentil Soup
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry, whole green lentils
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 dried red peppers* (such as these http://bit.ly/1DsD9Dd)
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste,
  • pepper to taste
  • *Alternatively you can use the ½ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes seasoning
Instructions
  1. In a large pot bring about 5 cups of water to a boil. Add lentils to the water and boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and while keeping the lentils in the pan, drain most of the water to remove some of the bitterness by pouring over a strainer to catch any lentils that may fall. The water that you pour will be blackened, but be sure to leave 1 inch of the water in the cooking pot to retain some nutrients, such as iron from the lentils.
  3. Add more water to the pot so that there is about an inch of water above the lentils. Add carrots, onion, salt, pepper, rosemary, oregano, garlic cloves, and bay leaves.
  4. Snap the dried red pepper in half so that the seeds fall into the pot.
  5. Stir the ingredients together and bring the water back to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low or a simmer and allow to heat until the soup reaches a thick consistency. Regularly stir especially towards the end so that the bottom does not burn. This should take about 40 to 50 minutes. Once soup has thickened, season with rice vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil over the top, if desired.
  6. Nutrition Facts Per Serving (without yogurt, oil drizzled on top and salt to taste): 193 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 436 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 15.5 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 12 g protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 193 Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Unsaturated fat: 0 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 36 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 436 mg Fiber: 15.5 g Protein: 12 g

Rosemary Chicken

We hear ya loud and clear! You love getting healthy but the thought of another boring grilled chicken breast is not what you want for dinner. Don’t worry—you know we’ve always got your back (and waistline—and heart—and skin! :))! So we’ve got a scrumptious recipe up our sleeves and a delicious spice that goes along with it for our Culinary Corner! Rosemary has many health benefits, including fighting off disease—and thanks to rosemary, this dish won’t only ignite your taste buds, but it will help give your skin a glow…oh yeah! 🙂

 Rosemary Chicken Breast

Pssst… looking for more healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site!  And here are a few to start:

 

Rosemary is a great source of phytonutrients which neutralize harmful free radicals, preventing them from wreaking havoc on our insides—and even on our skin—buh-bye blemishes, hello glowing, rejuvenated skin! In fact, rosemary seems to boost immunity and improve circulation thanks to being a rich source of these antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. With improved circulation, your muscles, heart, extremities and skin swiftly receive nutrients and oxygen.

More rosemary perks? It’s rich in vitamins like folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron! So instead of reading about it, we’ll let ya whip up this delish Rosemary Chicken with your new favorite herb! 😉

 

Rosemary Chicken

We tend to make the spice mixture and rub it on the chicken the night before and allow the chicken to sit in the marinade overnight. It only needs to sit in the rub for about 15 minutes, but we find this makes it so easy when we are hungry; it’s all ready to go in the skillet!

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breast (roughly 3 ounces after cooking)

2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

salt to taste

fresh cracked pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients, other than the chicken, on a cutting board. Mash all ingredients so they form a paste and then stir in the olive oil until evenly mixed. Then, using your hands, rubs the mixture over the chicken. If you are making this the night before as we do, simply place the chicken in a bowl and cover and refrigerate. Otherwise, allow the breasts to absorb the rub for about 15 minutes.
  1. Lightly spritz a medium sized skillet with oil and heat over medium heat, flipping sides after about five minutes. Cook the chicken until it’s done and cooked through. Serve with lots of veggies and about ½ cup to 1 cup of your favorite whole grain! Enjoy!

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 128 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 49 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 20 g protein

 

Rosemary Chicken
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast (roughly 3 ounces after cooking )
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves only, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, other than the chicken, on a cutting board. Mash all ingredients so they form a paste and then stir in the olive oil until evenly mixed. Then, using your hands, rubs the mixture over the chicken. If you are making this the night before as we do, simply place the chicken in a bowl and cover and refrigerate. Otherwise, allow the breasts to absorb the rub for about 15 minutes.
  2. Lightly spritz a medium sized skillet with oil and heat, over medium heat, flipping sides after about five minutes. Cook the chicken until it’s done and cooked through. Serve with lots of veggies and about ½ cup to 1 cup of your favorite whole grain! Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 128 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 2 g Sugar: 0 g Sodium: 55 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 20 g Cholesterol: 49 mg