How is 2016 going for everyone? Did you make any new year resolutions and are you sticking with them or have you let the resolution subside already?
I have been sticking to mine EXCEPT one.
Which one is that?
Well, it was to blog more, not to procrastinate and avoid writing. As you can see this is my first blog of the year so I definitely did not keep that resolution.
But I am here, I am sitting at the table with a cold drink, my notebooks and loose papers with jotted recipes and ideas around me.
I am going to sit here and write out 5 new blogs which means 5 new gluten free recipes for you all.
Truthfully I had all these new recipes ready the beginning of the year but I hit a mental block and just did not sit, type them out and share them with you.
I apologize for procrastinating but I resolve to try and get better at this stuff.
So what is the first recipe I am sharing in 2016?
It is for soup. A soup filled with winter veggies, lentils and a bit of chicken.
It is a warm and comforting soup that is perfect for a chilly winter night.
If you are vegetarian you could omit the chicken and this soup with the lentils already has protein in it.
Do you eat lentils?
If you do not I would definitely start adding lentils into your meal plan. Lentils are a great source of protein, fibre, potassium, folate and iron and are also called pulses.
Did you now 2016 is International Year of Pulses?
You can find a ton of recipes for lentils on lentils.ca but I will also be adding more gluten free lentil recipes to my site this year.
Recipe: Chicken and Lentil Soup
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1 boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 head of green cabbage, chopped
- 1 tsp finely chopped fresh jalapeño
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- I 540 ml canned lentils, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup strained tomatoes
- 1 L gluten free chicken stock
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp herbs de Provence
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Optional 1/2 cup cream
- Optional shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese as a topping for soup
- Sauté carrots, celery, jalapeño and garlic in olive oil in a medium soup pot.
- Add chopped chicken and herbs and heat to medium.
- Stir occasionally.
- Add cabbage, sun dried tomatoes and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
- Turn heat to low and add chicken broth, bay leaves and strained tomatoes and let simmer, covered for an hour.
- Add lentils and baby spinach and stir.
- Cover pot again and let simmer for another 20 minutes.
- Optionally add 1/2 cream to soup in the end.
- Pour soup into individual bowls and top with shredded Asiago cheese.
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