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Red Lentil Soup with Lemon

This Red Lentil Soup with Lemon is a hearty and flavorful soup that is perfect for a cold winter night. It is packed with protein and fiber from the lentils, and the addition of lemon juice adds a bright and zesty flavor. This soup is easy to make and can be served with a side of crusty bread or a salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the lentils, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the lemon juice and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Fiber: 6g

Additional Tips and Variations:

  • For a creamier soup, add 1/2 cup of coconut milk or heavy cream.
  • For a more flavorful soup, add 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger.
  • For a spicier soup, add more cayenne pepper or a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • For a heartier soup, add 1 cup of cooked quinoa or diced potatoes.

This Red Lentil Soup with Lemon is a delicious and nutritious meal that is sure to please. It is easy to make and can be customized to your taste. Serve it with a side of crusty bread or a salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!