Talk to your Middle Eastern friends about it and you’ll learn that everyone has “the best” lentil soup recipe. And don’t you dare challenge them on it! That’s the equivalent of telling an Italian person their nonna’s meatballs are good… but you’ve had better!
I’m told the secret to a fabulous lentil soup is a generous squeeze of lemon before eating. That’s why this recipe is finished with plenty of lemon juice to brighten the flavour and stimulate your taste buds. I’ve also packed in some extra vegetables, as I’ve been known to do 🙂 That helps make this a complete meal with plenty of fibre and protein to keep you satisfied.
Some quick facts about what makes lentils so healthy:
- A serving of lentils contains more protein than a serving of yogurt! A ¾ cup serving of lentils provides about 13 grams of protein, making it a full serving of Meat and Alternatives.
- Some studies have shown that eating pulses such as lentils may improve the body’s response to sugar. This is because pulses lower insulin and blood sugar responses after a meal. One study found that lentils not only lower the blood sugar effect from the meal in which they are eaten, but also the next meal eaten four hours later!
I could go on more about my love for lentils, but I’ll save that for another post!