I know the holidays are not over, however lets take a break from the cookies, candies, cake, eggnog, fatty meats, stuffing's, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. Do I have your attention! You noticed I didn't say wine, can't give up everything all at one time.
Just one day this week let's have a healthy low calorie, delicious soup. Agreed!
Makes about 20 cups, freezes beautifully
1 1/4 cups = 1 vegetable serving
85 calories per cup, yes only 85 calories
nonstick cooking spray
2 cups onion, chopped
2 cups carrots, coarsely grated
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped or 2 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 14 1/2 ounce cans unpeeled tomatoes
8 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups dried lentils, rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3/4 cup white wine or dry vermouth or dry sherry (It is still the holiday season.)
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
1 large whole bay leaf
1/3 cup fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
pinch cayenne pepper
Spray a large pot with nonstick cooking spray and saute onions over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Add the carrots, marjoram and thyme; continue to cook and stir for 3 more minutes.
Add the tomatoes with their juice, broth and lentils. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 25 minutes or until lentils are barely tender.
Add the salt and pepper, wine, fennel, bay leaf, parsley and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes longer, or until lentils are tender.
Taste soup for seasonings; adjust if necessary. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve each portion with a large spoonful of salsa, if desired.
Recipe adapted from Serving You Well Cookbook.