Vegetarian Tacos (Two Ways)

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, these vegetarian tacos are the perfect recipe to help keep you fueled as you dance the night away! As farmers, markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) are kicking back into full swing it is the perfect time to start incorporating all of the gorgeous vegetables coming from the farm to our table.

If you want it even healthier, try serving the filling in wrapped collard greens; it is still delicious and just perfect for a healthy dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (184 g) tri-color, white, or red quinoa
  • Pico de Gallo mix
    • 2 avocados
    • 2 on the vine tomatoes
    • ½ white onion
    • 1 jalapeno
    • ½ cup fresh cut cilantro
    • 1 juice of a lime
    • Pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  • Cilantro Lime Crema:
    • 1 cup of Siggis plain yogurt
    • 1 juice of a lime
    • ½ cup of fresh cut cilantro
    • Pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  • Wrap
    • Corn tortilla
    • Collard greens

Directions:

Quinoa:

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed quinoa and toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove quinoa from the stove, place in a bowl and set to the side 

Pico de Gallo Mix:

  1. Dice avocado, onion, tomato and jalapeno (I used a dicer to create even size throughout) and add to bowl once each item has been diced
  2. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture
  3. Add cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper for taste
  4. Toss mixture
  5. Place in fridge for a half hour

Cilantro Lime Crema:

  1. In a blender add yogurt, lime juice and cilantro – blend until a smooth consistency is smooth
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, blend for 30 seconds
  3. Pour into a jar or sealable container that easy to pour or drizzle

Wrap: (if opting for corn tortilla)

  1. Set your stove top to medium heat and drizzle olive oil in your pan
  2. Place tortilla’s one at a time based on pan size for 30 seconds on each side to create a warm and crispy tortilla

Assembly:

  1. Using a spoon scoop one spoonful of quinoa onto each shell
  2. Add one two scoops of Pico de Gallo mix
  3. Drizzle or pour the desired cilantro lime crema mix inside or over your tacos
  4. If desired squeeze fresh lime and top with extra cilantro

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 – 25 mins

Corn Tortilla
Serving Size: 4 people (3 tacos per person)
Calories: 350 per serving

Collard Greens
Serving Size: 4 people (3 tacos per person)
Calories: 200

 

Spinach Pancake Recipe

A few months ago I was the kind of girl who liked fast-food and easy meals. Even with type one diabetes, I always enjoyed to eat these foods, and my blood glucose didn’t liked that. One day my best diabuddy spent a season staying at my house and she was the opposite of me. She likes everything green and healthy! Her bg is so wonderful that made me a bit jealous.
She challenged me to eat like her for the week and see the results on my body and on my bg, and I did. It was shocking! I actually liked to live like that. Eating heathy food helped me control my diabetes and my weight better! In 1 month I lost almost almost 8 pounds!
The secret is to make the foods that you like, but with the right and healthy ingredients! That’s how I created this delicious spinach pancake recipe! I hope you all like it!
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons of flour of your preference (whole, oats, etc.). I used oat flakes!
  • 2 tablespoons of chia
  • 3 eggs
  • 150ml of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 5 sauces of spinach
  • Salt to taste
Directions:
1st part
  1. Beat the flour with the chia in the blender first until forming a mixed flour.
  2. Add eggs, milk and coconut oil. Beat until smooth.
  3. Chop the spinach into small pieces (If you have a chopping device, it is very useful).
  4. Add the chopped spinach in the blender and salt.
  5. Beat for 1 minute.
2nd part
  1. In one form, grease the frying pan with a minimum amount of oil.
  2. Put some of the dough in the skillet and when it is ready on one side, turn to cook the opposite side.
  3. Fill with the filling of your preference.
Total Portions: 5
Total Carbohydrates: 50
Carbohydrates per portion: 10
Have a great meal!

Vegan Zucchini Chocolate Cake

What you’ll need:

Cake:

  • 280g shredded zucchini
    150g coconut oil
    260g spelt whole wheat flour
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powdrer
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp unsweetended cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt

Chocolate topping:

  • 150 g dark vegan chocolate
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 200 g coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  2. Wash, peel and shred zucchini
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the cake
  4. Line the baking form with parchement paper
  5. Evenly spread the cake mixture in the baking form
  6. Let it bake for 20-30 minutes (Tip: Use a toothpick & insert it into the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be taken out oft he oven)
  7. Let the chocolate melt over low heat, then add the coconut milk and oil and stir together until well combined
  8. When the cake is ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool down completely – then evenly spread the chocolate topping, leave it to set and cut the cake into squares.
  9. Enjoy! ?

The Perfect Paleo Waffle

When Saturday and Sunday roll around, I love waking up and making waffles; they are my favorite weekend treat. Having little bite-sized pieces makes my sense of creativity feel endless- from dipping it in dark chocolate to adding a variety of fruit to my new favorite or sprinkling any type of nut spread. My current obsession is any nut butter from Wild Friends. If you have not heard of Wild Friends, I suggest checking them out my favorites are Chocolate Almond Butter, Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter.

These are the only flavors I have tried and I LOVE them all so much, I simply cannot choose between them. If you have not had Wild Friends, I suggest trying them and letting us know which flavor is YOUR favorite. If you have, can you give us suggestions as to which flavor we should try next?!

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ cup coconut or nut milk
  • 1 cup gluten free flour (substitutes; almond or brown rice)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • Pinch of salt for taste

Toppings:

  • Wild Friends Chocolate Almond Butter
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

Directions:

  • Preheat the waffle iron
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and milk or choice
  • Add in flour and pinch of salt. Combine until smooth, once smooth add in the coconut oil
  • Whisk egg whites for roughly one minute
  • Combine egg whites and batter until smooth
  • Add maple syrup, mix well
  • Scoop desired amount onto a preheated and greased waffle iron
  • Cook until golden

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 – 15 mins
Total Time: 20 – 25 mins
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 320

The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Protein Sources

“Where do you get your protein?”

It is a question all too common for anyone who has tried to reduce their consumption of animal products. Likewise, it is one of the first concerns one may have after learning about the cruelty and environmental impact of the factory farming industry, or the health risks excess animal products can cause.The idea that a vegan diet is not adequate in protein, even for very active individuals, is a myth that many people believe. However, this is far from the truth.

There are many reasons why this myth is perpetrated, but here are four big ones:

The Incomplete Protein Myth

  1. The “incomplete protein myth” states that you need to combine certain plant foods to get all of the essential amino acids that your body needs. The reality is that ALL plant foods are complete proteins, but some may have higher amounts of certain amino acids than others. As long as your diet is somewhat varied, combining specific foods during meals is unnecessary. Even the creator of the “protein combining” theory has retracted their opinion on this subject.

Uncertainty As to Which Plant Foods are High in Protein

  1. People may think they need animal products to get protein simply because they don’t know how much protein plant foods actually contain. Here is a short list of accessible and easy to prepare foods that illustrate how easy it is to meet daily protein requirements as a vegetarian:
    • Soybeans dried: 100g = 40g protein
    • Lentils: 100g dried = 26g protein
    • Split Peas: 100g dried = 25g protein
    • Oats: 100g dried = 17g protein 
      The list goes on!


 

Weak Anecdotal Evidence

  1. Since a very low percentage of the population are vegan, one may know few, if any, athletes who eat purely vegetarian. Most who are into strength and exercise have been told they need to a lot of animal protein, and they pass this information onto others. This can even include doctors or professional athletes. However, anecdotal claims are not facts, and can be easily skewed or bias. That’s why it is important to be informed of actual facts from properly conducted research rather than individual claims.

Deceptive Marketing Tactics

  1. Food companies are constantly promoting their products as a “good source of protein”. This is a bit of a misnomer since “protein deficiency” is nearly impossible if you are consuming your daily recommended amount of calories. Medical protein deficiency, known as kwashiorkor, is very rare and mainly found in starving populations. Foods such as potatoes or whole wheat pasta are adequate sources of protein that would add up quickly if you consumed 2000 calories of it (we don’t recommend this, though). The most current scientific knowledge on nutrient needs suggest a very active 6 feet tall 180lb man only needs 65g of protein a day. You can check your requirements here.

If you’re interested in learning more about vegan protein sources, check out the full article located at: https://thrivecuisine.com/lifestyle/ultimate-guide-vegan-protein

 

PB&T Chocolate Pudding

If you live on the East Coast, chances are you are recovering from a snow day this morning. For us, there is no better time than a snow day to try out a new recipe! Besides, if you are going to stay in and cuddle up on the couch, why not make something sweet and healthy to indulge in?

Check out this recipe for my PB&T Chocolate Pudding, straight from “The Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Cookbook!” The book features 70 healthy and delicious recipes to help you control your diabetes and weight loss, and I also help you navigate the key challenges of living with diabetes. Buy it here now!

Silken tofu gives this pudding body, and it adds protein too. Don’t worry, the addition of the cocoa powder and peanut butter means that no one will know you snuck in the tofu.

1 lb (450 g) silken tofu
1/3 cup (30 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup (60 ml) maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut butter

Serves 4–6 

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the pudding mixture into mini cups or bowls and enjoy.

Per serving (if serves 6): 216 kcals, 12.5 g fat (3.3 g saturates), 15.9 g carbohydrate (11.2 g sugars), 10.2 g protein, 2 g fiber, 0.2 g salt


Recipe from The Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Cookbook by Dr. Karin M Hehenberger, MD, PhD (CICO Books, $19.95) Photography © CICO Books

10 Health Benefits of Apples – Proven by Science (+ 5 Delicious Apple Recipes)

Apples are popular not just because of their simple, delicate flavors. While apples are delicious, and can span from very sweet to incredibly tart, they are also incredibly healthy.

Apples are loaded with healthy phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Phytonutrients are plant-based compounds that can only be obtained through eating fruits and vegetables. They’re typically very good for your immune system. Vitamins and minerals give structure to our bodies and the systems operating within. Antioxidants help our body function more efficiently and prevent oxidative damage, which is what makes us age.

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Apples have been hailed for helping heal the body for centuries, but scientific method has only recently been able to extensively study the fruit. Many of the most important claims made about apples turned out to be true.

Apples can help with anything from repairing damaged tissues that can impair strength or vision, to maintaining a proper electrical current to the brain so it can communicate effectively.

Apples can help with anything from repairing damaged tissues that can impair strength or vision, to maintaining a proper electrical current to the brain so it can communicate effectively.

A particular nutrient of interest in apples is vitamin C. Scurvy – a deficiency of vitamin C – is a disease that often conjures images of swashbuckling pirates with missing teeth, bad gums, and scabbed arms. These are all symptoms of vitamin C deficiency, which often happened to seamen on long voyages when deprived of fresh food.

Why is vitamin C so important?

What’s the good thing about knowing the symptoms of scurvy? Almost everything vitamin C deficiency causes, can be reversed and, in healthy people, made even healthier – simply by eating a good supply of the vitamin Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is responsible for a lot of the health benefits you’ll find in apples – stronger grums, healthier skin, and strong teeth just to name a few!

Considering apples are incredibly well-known for being healthy, it’s surprising how few nutrients they have in them. A lot of their nutritional value is from the single, potent vitamin/antioxidant that is vitamin C. Unfortunately, a huge number of people in modern society are deficient in vitamin C. 15 percent of the population in the United States is classified as deficient in vitamin C!

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is one of the most well-known and commonly studied vitamins on the planet. It is responsible for a vast number of health-bolstering effects, and can even function on its own as an antioxidant.

Antioxidants prevent the symptoms of aging by fighting oxidative damage, which occurs during natural periods of stress. Oxidative damage gradually reduces the function of organs, tissues, and cells, causing the slow degradation of the human body.

Preventing this oxidation is the key activity – and appeal – of antioxidants. They fight the underlying cause of pretty much every type of natural aging, and can greatly extend the human lifespan. Vitamin C, in particular, is good at

  • Bolstering the strength and improving the appearance of your hair
  • Increasing the health of your teeth and gums
  • Strengthening your skin, making it appear young and healthy
  • Increasing the speed with which your body heals injuries

While apples have an impressive amount of vitamin C – around ten percent of our daily value per apple – and fiber – almost 4 grams of insoluble fiber, and half a gram of soluble – they’re also impressively low in other nutrients. They only have trace amounts of the B complex, biotin, vitamin E, chromium, copper, and potassium. The amount of these nutrients present isn’t enough to bother supplementing apples to fix a deficiency.

Antioxidants in apples and their effects on human health

It’s not just vitamin C that helps your body ward off the unpleasant symptoms of scurvy. You may wonder how else apples can help you, if their main nutrient is only vitamin C?

Despite having a very small profile of nutrients and minerals apples have a ton of components that bolster our abilities as humans. These aren’t vitamins and minerals, though – most of them are antioxidants.

  • Polyphenols

Polyphenols are divided into two subtypes – flavonoids and non-flavonoids. Many of the polyphenols in apples are found in the skin – so make sure you don’t peel them before eating them, or you’ll be peeling off a lot of the health benefits!

Apples are responsible for about a fifth of the total polyphenols consumed in the United States. Among apple’s polyphenols are

  • Quercetin glycoside, responsible for fighting atherosclerosis and maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Phloretin glycoside, another flavonoid commonly found in all varieties of apples, helps the body’s immune system function and helps excrete waste effectively and efficiently.
  • Chlorogenic acid speeds up your body’s metabolism while simultaneously slowing the absorption of fat, making it an ideal antioxidant for people hoping to lose weight.
  • Epicatechin is an antioxidant capable of mimicking insulin and can consequently improve heart health and help fight against diabetes.

Different varieties of apples will have different antioxidant capacities. Of these different varieties, even individual batches will have different amounts. It’s possible to pick-and-choose different types of apples for the specific types of antioxidants that you require for your own personal choice of diet.

The variance of antioxidants will not differ too drastically, so you can be sure that the health benefits listed below will apply to most – if not all – apples.

Here are the 10 health benefits of apples, as backed by science.

  1. Apples can help you lose weight
  2. Apples can reduce LDL cholesterol
  3. Apples can improve mental health and intelligence
  4. Apples can prevent heart disease
  5. Apples can help you breathe better
  6. Apples can fight different types of cancer
  7. Apples can prevent diabetes
  8. Apples help bolster the body’s immune system
  9. Apples are potent anti-inflammatory agents
  10. Apples can fight allergies

To read more in-depth about each of the listed benefits above, and to learn some delicious apple recipes, click here.


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Almond Joy Date Bites

I consider medjool dates my best friend. Not only do they taste like candy, they satisfy my craving for chocolate. They are packed with bone strengthening-minerals, filled with triglyceride-lowering antioxidants. This recipe is key to helping curve my candy cravings.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Coconut
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 2 tablespoons Cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Serving: 5 (3 bites per serving)
Average Calories per Serving: 250 calories

Directions:

  1. Add the dates to the food processor and process until they have broken up and formed a ball if the consistency seems dry add ½ tbsp. at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Add the almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, unsweetened coconut, and sea salt.
  3. Process until all parts are evenly blended and the mixture forms into a ball again.
  4. Remove mixture from the food processor and roll into roughly 15 bites
  5. If desired, roll each ball in the shredded coconut.
  6. Keep refrigerated

Cutting Carbs To Get Healthy + Lose Weight

When you are looking to get healthier, one of the most effective strategies is to start cutting carbs from your diet. In fact, most of today’s popular diet trends like the Atkins or paleo diet call for just that. Read on to find out why cutting carbs to lose weight could be the best choice to successfully reach your weight loss goals.

How Carbs Hinder Your Diet

In today’s modern society, most of us pack our daily meals with pasta bowls and freshly baked loaves. They make cheap and convenient meals that suit all taste buds.

The problem is, our modern diets are having a detrimental effect on our society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 66% of Americans are overweight, 33% are obese, and those numbers are continuously rising each year.

It’s clear from these results that our current grain-filled diets are not the way forward if we want to live fit and healthy lives. Grains are made from carbohydrates which are broken down into glucose (sugar) in the body. This glucose should be used as energy. However, any excess glucose is instead stored as fat.

When your diet is packed with high glycemic grain foods and sugar, your body is continually in fat storage mode. This means your body never has the opportunity to use your stored body fat as fuel. These stored triglycerides are normally found around the waist. So if you’d like to reduce your waistline, you can start by reducing your refined carbohydrate intake.

Although the idea of cutting out carbs completely from your diet may seem drastic, there’s a lot of research supporting this type of change. Numerous studies have shown that switching to a ketogenic (zero sugar) diet can actually have positive results on a number of diseases, even in cancer patients.

Which Carbs to Cut

When we talk about cutting carbs there are four main types of food to avoid.

  • Bread and Baked Foods

If you want to be healthy, bread and bakery foods are the first things you need to cut from your diet. These kinds of foods will usually have the strongest effect on your blood sugar, therefore, increasing the production of insulin, the hormone responsible for fat storage.

  • Wheat Pasta

Pasta that is made from wheat is another culprit of spiking fat-storing insulin. Filling up on a big bowl of pasta in the evening is the quickest way to pile on the pounds.

  • White Rice

Although rice doesn’t have the same gluten issues as wheat, it does raise your blood sugar enough to promote fat storage, especially if eaten regularly. Believe it or not, Japanese sumo wrestlers have bowl after bowl of white rice in order to fatten up. Unless you want to look like them, it’s best to cut down on rice or at least switch to brown rice for an occasional treat which is a healthier alternative.

  • Potatoes

If you’re looking to get healthy and lose weight, it’s a good idea to avoid potatoes for a while. This is because they have one of the strongest effects on blood glucose levels of any vegetable. Although good quality steamed organic potatoes are filled with healthy essential nutrients, most people get their potatoes in the form of french fries or chips, which are most definitely to be avoided.

Which Carbs Can You Keep?

Like most things in life, not all carbs are created equal. Although you should remove all refined carbs from your diet if possible, many high- fiber fruits and vegetables are a natural source of carbohydrates.

The fact is, when you cut back on grains and sugar and start getting your carbohydrates from high-fiber vegetables, your body will naturally begin accessing its stored fat as fuel. Simply changing your fuel source makes getting healthy (and losing weight) a much simpler process.

Ideally, you want to be reducing your daily carbohydrate intake to around 50 to 80 grams per day. Doing so will give your body the opportunity to utilize stored fat you have accumulated. Without any other changes to your diet or exercise regime, you will be on the right track for weight loss.

Conclusion

When looking to start a healthier lifestyle and lose weight and keep it off long term, adjusting your meals to no longer center around carbohydrates is the way to go.

Packing your plate with healthy protein from organic sources like turkey, chicken or eggs, accompanied by a mix of flavorsome veggies like pumpkin, bok choy, eggplant, and kale is a great way get the most flavor and nutrition from your food.

As let’s face it, how much flavor does a bowl of plain white rice offer anyway?

Seared Scottish Salmon + NYC Restaurant Week!

We are halfway into NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2017! We hope all of the New York locals have been enjoying the participating restaurants and #EatingWell. If you didn’t already know, one of our Lyfebulb Favorites is Brasserie Ruhlmann located in Rockefeller Center. Chef Laurent Tourondel is incredible, the food is exquisite, and the atmosphere is cozy and chic.

Until February 10th, Brasserie Ruhlmann will be offering a delicious, three-course prix-fixe menu in honor of Restaurant Week. At $42, this deal cannot be beat, and you won’t want to miss it!

They have kindly shared the recipe for their delicious seared Scottish salmon with wheat berry salad so that we could share it with you! Enjoy!

 Seared Scottish Salmon With Wheat Berry Salad

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Salad Ingredients:

1cup Wheat berry
1cup Quinoa
1pc Avocado (diced)
1cup Butternut squash diced-.4 ounces small diced and blanched
½ cup Dried cranberries
¼ cup Candied orange
1 cup Kale
Champagne vinaigrette-4 tablespoons
1Tbs Chives
1Tbs Parsley

Wheat Berry Instructions:

Wheat berry’s- soaks them overnight to soften up. Place them in a small saucepot submerged in water with 3 springs of thyme. Cook on a medium-low heat until tender without making them burst. Let cool in water for 10 minutes after cook time. Strain and use.

Champagne vinaigrette- yields ¾ cups

Dijon mustard- 2 tablespoons
Champagne vinegar= ¼ cup
Lemon juice-2 tablespoons
Honey- 1 tablespoon
EVO- ½ cup
Thyme-1 tablespoon
Salt
Pepper

Vinaigrette Instructions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl place mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper, thyme, honey and whisk together.
  2. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified.

Candy Orange

Small dice 2 whole oranges and blanch 5 times in cold to hot water. On the final blanch with cold water add one cup of sugar and reduce until orange is sweet.

Add a piece of seared Scottish salmon and enjoy!


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10 Benefits of Blueberries – Backed by Science (and 4 Delicious Blueberry Recipes)

Blueberries are an amazing fruit, both in terms of flavor and their incredible nutritional profile. They’re jam-packed with antioxidants – polyphenols, catechins, flavonols – along with lots of essential vitamins and nutrients.

Blueberries are actually rated at a 9,621 on the ORAC scale. The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) measures the efficacy of a certain food or herb on preventing oxidation. This makes them one of the highest scoring foods in terms of antioxidants in the entire world.

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Here are 10 Benefits of Blueberries, as backed by science.

1. Blueberries can fight against aging
2. Blueberries protect you from neurodegenerative disease
3. Blueberries can help fight cancer!
4. Blueberries have more antioxidants than any other food
5. Blueberries can reverse DNA damage
6. Blueberries can help increase your body’s insulin sensitivity.
7. Blueberries are a vast source of cardiovascular benefits
8. Blueberries have been shown to make your brain function better
9. Blueberries have a significant impact on blood sugar
10. Blueberries can help your eyes function better

To read more in-depth about each of the listed benefits above, and to learn four delicious blueberry recipes, click here. 

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Rainy Day Lentil And Vegetable Soup

It’s rainy and cold today, which calls for a warm pot of soup and a glowing fire in the fireplace. I love lentil soup, but most canned lentil and vegetable soups contain potatoes which only adds to the carbohydrate count without adding much nutrition. For that reason, I like to make my own. This particular recipe is more like a stew because it is thick with delicious vegetables! I used the prepackaged cooked lentils that can sometimes be found in the produce section of the supermarket or at Trader Joe’s. Their convenience and excellent taste can’t be beat! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or substitute another dark, leafy green (in place of the kale), if you desire. Then curl up with a good book and a steaming cup of soup — it will warm your heart!

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Rainy Day Lentil & Vegetable Soup
(Makes about ten 1¼-cup servings)

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups celery, sliced
3 carrots, sliced into half rounds
1 cup green beans, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced into quarter rounds
6-8 stalks asparagus, cut into 1″ pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
8 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2½ cups cooked lentils
4 cups kale, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven or stew pot. Add onion, carrot, celery, green beans, zucchini, asparagus, garlic and dried herbs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent. Add tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Add lentils and kale and simmer for 30-40 minutes until vegetables are soft and kale has wilted. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Nutritional Information per serving: 111 calories, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 5.9 g fiber, 486 mg sodium, 8.5 g protein.

Original recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2010.

Recipe by Diabetics Rejoice! Read her amazing blog here, find her on Facebook here, and check out her website here!

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