Winter is my favorite time of the year, the cold weather makes us all want to have something warm and comforting, not too mention the weather sometimes makes us lazy ! So why not cook up something easy? For me winter is the time for one pot soups and stews, and one such recipe my family loves is lentil and chicken soup. I absolutely love to curl up on the couch, with a good movie and enjoy this comforting warm bowl of soup.
If you are vegan/vegetarian then you may skip the chicken and replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock or water.
2 tbs of avocado oil (or any other cooking oil you use )
1 large carrot small diced
1 stem celery small diced
1 yellow onion small diced
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 cup orange lentils washed thoroughly
1 bay leaf
3 chicken thigh chopped in bite size pieces
1 large tomato diced
4 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups of water
1tsp of cumin powder
1tsp of smoked paprika powder
cilantro for garnish
salt to taste
Heat oil in a dutch oven or a pot over a medium flame. Add onions, celery and carrots, sautéing until the onion is translucent. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, then add the chicken and lentils and sauté on a medium high flame for about a minute. Add Bay leaf, cumin powder, paprika powder, tomato, salt to taste , stock and water. Bring it to a gentle boil and then simmer covered for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until the lentils are completely cooked. To serve I quickly fry up left over tortillas in hot oil until they are crisp and top the soup with it. Also fresh cilantro seals the deal and adds a lot of flavor. enjoy !