For those of us who are looking to incorporate a greater number of pulses and grains – like lentils --into our diets, this recipe is a great one to start with. Mexican lentil soup is a flavorful way to introduce this highly nutritious legume into your current gamut of regular recipes. By doing so, your diet will see an increase in nutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, potassium, protein, iron, and fiber. Moreover, lentils contain disease-preventing compounds like phytochemicals – a plant compound which can protect against heart disease and type II diabetes.
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Sounds good, right? Here’s a list of ingredients and the steps you’ll need to get started on improving your diet with this Montana-style version of Mexican lentil soup:
The steps followed when making this soup recipe came from a YouTube video which you can check out too. The cook in the video speaks Spanish; however, there are subtitles you can use to follow along if unfamiliar with the Spanish language. Our version of the recipe does not exactly follow the video. Per the title, introduction, and ingredients list, you already know we went ahead and put our own Montana twist on the recipe and the spiciness was reduced. That said, let’s get into it:
In the end, we enjoyed a very delicious soup. This recipe is one to recommend to anyone looking to find ways of incorporating lentils into their diet.
Not only is it the perfect comfort food for a rainy day but can also be easily reheated. Try making a double batch, then refrigerating and reheating for a quick leftovers meal or an appetizer dish later in the week. It is tremendously convenient to have a soup that can be kept on-hand and served multiple times. Better yet, as the soup sits in the refrigerator it becomes increasingly flavorful since the ingredients absorb more of the broth over time.
This soup is an excellent way to introduce your palette to lentils and may even become an inspiration to try out more specialty lentil recipes. Check out Timeless Natural Food Recipes for more creative dishes.