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Chicken and Lentil Soup

This delicious, hearty lentil soup made with chicken, cilantro, cumin and spices is perfect for warming your belly on those cold winter nights. What’s more, it’s easy to make, economical and very satisfying.

I was in the mood for this last night so I thought it would be
a great time to update the photos. I’ve slightly modified the original
recipe which I posted back in 2009, but the results are just as good.

I’ve been making this soup for years, my family loves it – including my four year old (to my surprise)! It makes a big pot which means plenty of leftovers for lunch. It freezes well and can be reheated with a little water if it gets too thick.

Lentils were actually the first legumes I liked as a kid. My mom would me a similar soup with carrots and celery and since I was picky – she usually pureed mine. I love preparing them because they cook so much quicker than dried beans, and a small amount goes a long way. They are high in protein, Vitamin B, folate and soluble fiber and have twice as much iron as other legumes. You can easily cut this recipe in half or freeze left-overs for lunch which is what I like to do. Chicken breast would work in place of thighs if you prefer white meat. Ground annato (also known as achiote) is commonly used in Latin
cuisine, it’s used mostly to add color and adds a subtle flavor, but if
you can’t find it paprika would work instead.

Chicken and Lentil Soup
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 9 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 179 • Fat: 3 g • Protein: 23 g • Carb: 33 g • Fiber: 14 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 219 mg • Cholesterol: 42 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried lentils
  • 12 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken thighs, all fat trimmed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chicken Better than Bouillon
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium ripe tomato
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground annato (or Spanish paprika, or even Sazon)
  • salt, to taste

Directions:

In a large pot combine lentils, chicken, water and chicken bullion. Bring to a boil, covered over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred, return to the pot.

Meanwhile, in a chopper or by hand, mince the onions, scallions, cilantro, garlic, and tomato. Add to the lentils with garlic powder, cumin, oregano and annato and cook, covered until the lentils are soft, about 25 more minutes, adding more water as needed if too thick. Adjust salt to taste as needed.

Makes about 9 cups.

Happy National Potato Chip Day!

In honor of National Potato Chip Day, I’m posting the closest thing I have. This “see-through” herb and potato crisp recipe was done almost seven years ago, and it looks/sounds like it. By the way, have I really been doing this for seven years? 

Anyway, if you have some time to kill, and want to make something not exactly like potato chips, but close enough for the Internet, then I hope you give these a try. Click here to see the original post. Enjoy!

Mixed Greens with Strawberries, Extra Sharp White Cheddar, and Candied Pecans with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Greens with Strawberries, Extra Sharp White Cheddar, and Candied Pecans with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

by Pam on July 23, 2013

While eating lunch this past weekend, my husband discovered that fresh strawberries and with extra sharp white cheddar tasted really great together. We were heading to a friend’s house for dinner and I was in charge of bringing a salad. I decided to make a summery salad using strawberries and the extra sharp cheddar along with mixed greens, romaine lettuce, cucumber, and candied pecans. I served the salad with a homemade Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette[1]. This salad was a huge hit and even our friend’s kids who don’t like salads ate theirs. I love that!

Prepare the strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Click here for the recipe.[2]

Place the mixed greens and romaine lettuce into a large serving bowl. Add the sliced strawberries and diced cucumber along with the candied pecans and extra sharp cheddar shavings. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve the salad with the vinaigrette drizzled on top. Enjoy.



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Mixed Greens with Strawberries, Extra Sharp White Cheddar, and Candied Pecans with a Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette




Yield: 8

Total Time: 10 min.



Ingredients:

4 cups of mixed greens
4 cups of romaine lettuce, chopped
4 oz of fresh strawberries, hulled & sliced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
Extra sharp white cheddar, shaved (I used a carrot peeler)
Candied pecans
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Strawberry balsamic vinaigrette (click link above for the recipe)

Directions:

Prepare the strawberry balsamic vinaigrette. Click link above for the recipe.

Place the mixed greens and romaine lettuce into a large serving bowl. Add the sliced strawberries and diced cucumber along with the candied pecans and extra sharp cheddar shavings. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve the salad with the vinaigrette drizzled on top. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)