Lentil Soup

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.

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Ingredients

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 !

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