Lately I've been trying out some new recipes on my dear family, both to add a bit of variety to our meals and save money, and the bean recipe exchange on Homestead Revival has motivated me to post one of my favorites. Beans are winners for both nutrition and cost, and I recently served my Healthy Red Lentil Soup for a big Sunday lunch with extended family. This recipe is easy, cheap, and healthy, and with bread and salad you have a filling and complete meal!
Healthy Red Lentil Soup
adapted from a recipe I got from a Middle Eastern market
1 cup red lentils
1 carrot (I sometimes use two)
7 cups chicken or vegetable broth (more as needed, and you can use just water)
1 1/2 tsp salt
parsley (for garnish)
Dice vegetables and put in a large soup pot with broth, lentils, and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30-35 minutes until everything is softened. Let cool slightly and puree everything together in a blender or food processor for a smooth consistency. Garnish with parsley, if you'd like.