Alrighty! We are finally a bit more settled into our temporary home while in the midst of following the Lord’s guidance in taking us to our promised land…land for a homestead in the South (which state remains to be seen, since we have two we would love). In turn, now I have a bit more energy and mental focus to write again! YAY!!!!
Today I want to share with you a recipe I made yesterday (officially on our Tuesday) that was a total hit with everyone present (small children included). It was hearty, warm, satisfying, and not “too” much. Personally, I love lentils; make that all legumes, for that matter. For the cost of what you get in them, it can’t be beat, and I enjoy having them a few times throughout the week, as possible.
Red lentils, specifically, have a very neat usefulness because they take only about half the time to cook as green or brown lentils take. Though, I prefer to let this soup simmer and the flavors to combine for at least an hour, it is possible to whip this up in a much shorter time because of how quickly the lentils cook. Enjoy!
Foodsy Tuesday: Turkey & Red Lentil Soup (THM “E”)
- 1 lb ground turkey, thawed
- 3 lg carrots, diced
- 3 lg stalks celery, diced
- 1 lg onion, diced
- 8 cups (2 qts) stock, or mixture broth/stock and water (I only had some stock so I used a broth powder mixed in water to make up the rest)
- 2 ½ cups red lentils, picked through to ensure no small stones (a reality with small beans and lentils)
- 1 ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp dried basil, dried (or 3 tbsp fresh, chopped finely)
- ¼ tsp ginger powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- pepper, to taste
- Heat large soup pot on medium-high, spray or use a touch of oil, and brown ground turkey until almost cooked through.
- Add diced vegetables and cook until onions are softened.
- Add broth.
- Turn heat up to high and bring mixture to boil.
- Add lentils and reduce heat to simmer on low.
- Add seasonings and mix through to combine.
- Simmer for at least 30 minutes, letting lentils soften and flavors combine.
- Taste once finished and adjust seasonings as necessary.
- *Optional – since this is an “E” meal, it is not suggested to have fats with it, but as the authors of Trim Healthy Mama (affiliate link) have noted a little fat can be very helpful for absorption of minerals, so a tsp of sour cream could be a lovely addition to this meal.
For children in your home, add a little rice to this dish to make it a bit more hearty, and it will feed all the troops. Enjoy!
What About You?
Do you have a favorite legume you prefer? I’d love to hear how you enjoy it.