This red lentil soup is so easy to make and is filled with healthy superfoods. You will be amazed by the great taste and how easy it is to make. It’s truly unique!
Red Lentil Soup Ingredients
The lentil was selected by Health Magazine as one of the top 5 healthiest foods on the planet! They are good in so many ways: your body, your blood, your pocketbook, your taste buds, and even the environment. Beans are generally considered a low cost, healthy alternative to most other protein sources like meat, dairy and most grains. Click here to learn more about The Mighty Lentil – Tiny Superfood
The addition of seaweed is full of health benefits. The oldest plant on earth protects us from many modern dangers, including radiation poisoning, heart disease, inflammation, and cancer. Also, seaweed helps the lentils and beans digest better so very helpful for the red lentil soup.
For me, onions are a very important ingredient in this recipe. They have so many health benefits too. sometimes we don’t like chopping them up because of the tears. Learn All About Nutritious Onions and How Not to Get Teary
Himalayan Salt is a salt that is actually healthy for you and added to the lentil soup helps it digest better too!
Garlic adds a great flavour to this red lentil soup. It has a strong odor for a reason, it is because of a sulfur compound. Sulfur compounds are well known for their strong odors. The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic, which fights infection and bacteria as well as an antioxidant. Many studies have confirmed that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol.
Lemons’ health benefits are immense. To begin they are acidic to the taste but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits.
Braggs seasoning is a Certified NON-GMO liquid protein concentrate, derived from healthy soybeans. It is an excellent, healthy, gourmet replacement for Tamari and Soy Sauce. It is not fermented or heated and is Gluten-Free. It is an easy way to season dishes.
Beans and lentils are very healthy; they have a good amount of protein in them. But when we have digestive problems with them like getting gas then what is happening is that they are not being digested properly. Thus we will not be getting all the nutrients from them.
Learn How to Cook Beans and Lentils: see my recipe. It is easy to cook beans but it requires planning ahead of time so your lentil soup is very easy to digest.
This lentil soup recipe evolved when making a birthday dinner for my sister. It was only minutes before she arrived that I decided to do the last step of blending which made the soup special.
Red Lentil Soup
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 2-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 cup red lentils (8 ounces), picked over and rinsed (soaked overnight in water is the best and then pour the water off).
- 2-3 cups water
- 1 tsp thyme
- 3 tsp marjoram
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 6 inch strip wakame seaweed broken into small pieces
- 2-3 tsp Braggs seasoning
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- Cook the lentils until lentils are very soft and falling apart; approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Start with 2 cups of water and add more water later if the soup is too thick.
- Saute the onion in oil with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened.
- Add garlic, bay leaf, marjoram and thyme, and cook, stirring, 1 minute more.
- Add the onion mixture and seaweed to the lentils and cook for 20 minutes.
- Discard the bay leaves, then purée mixture in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids) and return to the pan.
- Add the juice of a lemon; then season with Braggs seasoning and black pepper.
- Now enjoy a delicious bowl of red lentil soup
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