Lentil Soup with Nature’s Antibiotics

Lentil Soup w Natures Antibiotics

Lentil soup with reduced sodium and increased flavors! A favorite for the winter season.
This particular recipe adds Turmeric and Cilantro, both are credited for their antibacterial healing properties, boosting the immune system and curing what ails you! Delicious!
Serves 6+

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Carrot diced (not necessary to peel)
  • 1 Celery halved and sliced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or Cumin for a Middle Eastern flavor)
  • *8 oz Dry Lentils (225g)
  • **5-6 cups water
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro (or torn leaves) or 1 Tbsp dry cilantro
  • **1 tsp salt

*For 28 oz canned lentils; drain, rinse for 1 minute & add to recipe
** May substitute water with brand name “Imagine Low Sodium Broth”. FYI, the lentils may not need additional salt if using pre-made broth.

Over medium heat place a large sauce pan and add olive oil, diced carrot, celery, onion and minced garlic. Allow to saute` for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add red pepper flakes (or cumin) and dried lentils. Stir. Add water, the lentils will absorb about 1/3 of the water. Lentils should be monitored for additional water after 25 minutes and add another 1 cup if needed. Cover with a lid slightly cracked propped with a wooden spoon. Allow to simmer for a total of 30 minutes. Stir in Turmeric until well blended, about 20 seconds. Remove from heat and serve.
Ladle lentil soup into individual bowls, placing into center 1/2 tsp of chopped cilantro into each bowl.