Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wedding Diet Lentil Soup

It's been a while friends, it's a whole new year! Updates: C & I got engaged in October (!), wedding is in September (!!), and so now we're on a diet :(   Figure if we're going to get it together for once in our lives, wedding photos are as good an excuse as any.  I also changed jobs; I'll tell ya: day-to-day happiness is hugely underrated.  

Anyway, so we're eating healthy.  If you miss C's mac & cheese as much as I do (ok so I may or may not still eat it on occasion..tonight..), the next several months might be somewhat boring for you.  I'll do my best to ensure that taste-wise you'll never know the difference.

Lentil soup is a winter-time staple in our house: one-pot meal, fiber-protein-veggies, cozy & comforting.  Just usually we use pork sausage, bacon, and serve alongside a crusty loaf of bread.  I've changed things up a bit...

Verdict: You won't miss the fattier ingredients

Wedding Diet Lentil Soup
1 pkg. (5) Jennie-O Turkey Sausages*
1 small brown onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled & diced
2 zucchinis, diced
2 cans low sodium beef stock
1 bunch of kale, cut from stalks and into 2-inch pieces
1 pkg. green lentils
6-8 c water
2 t chili powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t red pepper flakes
salt & pepper 
Squeeze of lime / lime juice
1 T olive oil

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over high heat; remove sausage casings and add meat to pot once oil is hot
  • Cook on high until some of the meat is browned, then add carrots, onions, some salt & pepper, and turn heat to medium-low
  • Once meat is cooked through, toss in zucchini, stir then add beef stock, water, lentils and seasonings; turn heat and bring to a boil
  • Stir in kale, cook for 30-45 minutes depending on how you like your lentils, and on the long end if you prefer thicker soup
  • Squeeze in lime, season to taste
*My favorite is using a combination of Jennie-O Spicy Italian and Sweet Italian sausages (you can freeze extras for a future batch!)

Enjoy: comforting, delish, and you'll have leftovers for lunch...which means two guaranteed on-diet meals!