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Lemon Lentil Soup

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Best soup ever.

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If you’re looking for a bland, mushy lentil soup recipe then you have come to the WRONG place. This lentil soup is different from so many others. First off, the texture. Unlike so many other lentil based soups, it’s not mushy. It’s not quite creamy or chunky either. It’s just the best of all worlds. Even the texture of the lentils themselves is easy to customize to your own preferences. Cook for less time if you like lentils a bit al dente, or more time if you prefer softer lentils.

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What’s really out of this world about this soup though is the flavor. The lentils simmer with onion and garlic, then cook in chicken stock to make a delicious broth. A splash of lemon juice and a sprinkling of cilantro take the flavor of the broth up to a whole other level. The flavor combination is perfect – nothing is too strong or too weak.

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And have I mentioned how easy this soup is to prepare? Similar to my simple Avgolemono Soup, you dump some ingredients in a pot and let it simmer away for a while. Come back in about half an hour and you have soup. And not just any soup, but a seriously delicious and healthy soup!

P.S. Here’s the original recipe source. My version has extra lemon flavor and added cilantro!

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Lemon Lentil Soup

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes ( or more/less depending on tastes)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
  • 6 c chicken stock (may use vegetable broth for a vegetarian option. I’ve tried both and prefer chicken stock.)
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. When the oil is warm add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft.
  2. Stir in the cumin and lentils, followed by the chicken stock. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Reduce the cook time for firmer lentils, or lengthen cooking time for softer lentils.
  3. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro.
  4. Serve hot (or let cool if you prefer)!
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Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup

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Over the past couple of weeks us folks in the south have been hit with a couple of very rare snowstorms. As a former northerner I’m not phased, and it’s actually exciting to see the snow again. Snow is uncommon here so there are no snow plows or salt trucks. Schools are closed and everyone gets sent home from work. It gets so hot and humid here in the summer, so I’m trying to live up this cold weather while I have the opportunity. I’m doing lots of awesome, and less awesome stuff, like drinking hot chocolate, eating lots of soup, and wearing fleece. Hence the chicken noodle soup. In a month or two it will be so hot I won’t be able to bear the idea of heating the house anymore and do all of my cooking on the grill. I’ve gotta eat soup now while I can!

Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup

When my sister, Lauren, found this recipe a long time ago it was just a regular chicken soup with some tomato soup added at the end. Lauren and I have a history of making everything spicy, and that’s exactly what we did with this recipe. We had a few go-to spice blends that we added to everything. One of us would stir and the other would shake in various amounts of these spices. Then we would taste, evaluate the flavor, and adjust accordingly. I love cooking this way, but it’s not exactly conducive to writing out a recipe. I finally took some time to measure out the spices that I use.

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This recipe was an easy favorite to modify for a gluten free diet once I was diagnosed with celiac. Rather than using regular pasta, I subbed in GF pasta or even rice. To make this a portionally gluten free recipe separate the finished soup into two saucepans. Add GF noodles to one pan and wheat noodles into the other. Just be sure to boil the pasta in two separate pots and use two sets of utensils for preparing both pasta varieties!

This is not your ordinary chicken noodle soup. It has a good amount of tomato flavor and good kick of spice. This will warm you up inside and out. The chicken is cooked in broth and seasoning to amp up the flavor. Don’t let the large ingredients list and long set of directions scare you off. Over the course of the hour and a half it takes to prepare this soup you’ll only be actively involved for about 20 – 30 minutes.

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P.S. If you’re curious about that foccacia bread in the photos check back on Monday for the recipe!

Spicy Tomato Chicken Noodle Soup

See post above for directions on how to make this meal portionally gluten free. If you’re not a fan of spicy soups leave out the crushed red pepper flakes and the cayenne pepper.
 
Ingredients
  • 6c water
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs parsley flakes
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tsp chicken bouillon ( I use Better than Bouillon)
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 c plain tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs mexican seasoning (I have a McCormick Mexican seasoning, but any mexicany flavored seasoning will do)
  • 2 shakes cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 c cooked GF pasta or rice (see post above for PGF directions)
Directions
  1. Put the water in a large saucepan and add the garlic and onion powder, parsley flakes and bouillon. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the spices. cut each of the chicken breasts in half, add the the pot, and let simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Towards the end of the 1 hour of simmering, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add the onions and garlic and cook until softened, stirring frequently to keep the garlic from burning.
  3. Once the chicken has simmered for an hour remove it from the pan and shred or chop into bite sized pieces.
  4. Add the chicken into the pan, as well as the cooked onion/garlic. Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, red pepper flakes, Mexican seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Stir well.
  5. Add the cooked pasta or rice into the pot and let simmer for couple of minutes before serving.

Easy Greek Lemon Soup (aka Avgolemono)

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This is my sick soup.

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I eat it when I’m not sick, too, though.

I say that I love to cook. Usually the more complicated the recipe, the most I want to make it. Cooking is an adventure to me. When I’m sick I want to lay on the sofa in yoga pants all day, not have another kitchen adventure. Enter Greek Lemon Soup.

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Technically called Avgolemono, this Mediterranean soup is characterized by an egg and lemon mixture that is added to the broth. A more authentic recipe would have a few more ingredients, including chicken.

My Mom taught me how to make this soup, using a recipe from a neighbor. That was years ago though, and I haven’t actually used that recipe in so long. My version has probably morphed somewhat from the original recipe. Well, it definitely has, because I no longer measure the ingredients. I really had to fight my instincts and measure everything out to get this into an useable recipe.

So, remember this recipe the next time you have a cold or a flu. Being sick sucks. This soup doesn’t.

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Easy Greek Lemon Soup (Avgolemono)

Ingredients
  • 4c chicken stock
  • 1/3c rice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
Cooking Directions
  1. Bring chicken stock and rice to boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. While the soup is simmering separate the eggs. Put the yolks in a bowl.
  3. Add the lemon juice to the egg yolks, and whisk with a fork.
  4. When the rice is cooked ladle a few spoonfuls of broth into the yolk/lemon mixture, whisking while you pour (photo directions of this step are below).
  5. Add this mixture back into the soup pot, again, stirring while you pour.
  6. Optional: top with pepper, oregano, or basil.

Photo Directions

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Egg yolks

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Whisk egg yolks and lemon juice

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Yolk/lemon mixture with a few ladles of broth mixed in

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