Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Carmen Nassaney

3/18/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Soups just hit the spot.

The lenten spring is here again.  This an opportunity for us to freshen up our spiritual lives with prayer fasting and almsgiving.  We have been weighed down greatly this winter with poor weather, a difficult economy and multiple other burdens. These were brought on but the frigid temperatures that basically forced us to be home bound more than usual. 

Nothing tastes better than home made soup.

Nothing tastes better than home made soup.

Highlights

By Carmen Nassaney

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/18/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: soup, lentil, easter, lent, cold, spring


LOS ANGELES, CA - Now spring is arriving on the calendar and lent is here which also signifies spring.  A time of cleansing and airing out of not only our homes but also our bodies and our spirits.  Prayer time brings us closer to our Lord.  Almsgiving brings us closer to our neighbors in need.  Fasting enriches our prayer while cleansing our bodies from all the toxins in the heavier foods we eat all winter. This meatless soup is thick and satisfying and amazingly it is very low in fat.  It's rich with vegetables and full of fiber from the lentils and the brown rice.

Lentils are nutritious and yummy.


This pumpkin lentil soup is so thick I almost called it a stew. 

Help end world hunger

Begin by preparing the lentil, rice mixture. 
Slice one onion and mince one clove of garlic.
Brown these in a two quart sauce pan over medium heat in one tablespoon of oil.  That's all the fat you will find in this recipe! 
After the onion and garlic is brown
Add one half cup of lentils and one half cup of brown rice. You may use white rice if you prefer a faster cook time. 
Add two and a half cups of water and a bouillon cube.
Increase heat to high to bring to boil then lower heat and cover the pan.
Simmer for 40 minutes for brown rice or 20 minutes for white rice.

While the rice and lentils are simmering:

Cut up a medium onion and two large carrots. 
Bring one cup of chicken broth to boil and cook the onion and the carrots until they are tender. 
Add one half teaspoon of ginger and one half teaspoon of allspice to vegetables while cooking. 
When the vegetables are tender, pour them all in the food processor. 
Puree the mixture.
After the vegetables are pureed, add seven ounces of chicken broth, ( the rest of the broth remaining in the 15 ounce can), and one 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree. 
Mix in the food processor. 
Return the mixture to the pan. 
As soon as the rice and lentil mixture is finished, most of the liquid is absorbed and  the rice is tender, add this to the pumpkin mixture. Stir the rice and lentil mixture into the vegetable puree well.

Your soup or stew is ready to serve. 

  

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Blog

The Secret Of My Heart (And Maybe Yours Too) Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Living deep in the recesses of my heart, there's a secret I've been keeping. I confess I've been way too proud to admit my secret for years. Too proud because admitting it out loud seems scary. Too proud because I fear how I will be perceived. Too proud because I don't ... continue reading


Live Authentically Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Matthew 23. NASHVILLE, TN - It's funny how life leads me to interpret things that I read differently at different times. I can read something once and glean from it something entirely different than I did a year ago reading the exact same thing. Today I read Matthew 23 ... continue reading


Hello Gorgeous Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Once upon a time I enjoyed shopping, like really enjoyed it. Perhaps because I grew up an hour from the nearest 'real' mall so it wasn't too often I would go within a year. My younger years were in a time before online shopping so that wasn't even an option. In middle ... continue reading


The Power of Making People Feel Welcome Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

One of the greatest things you can do for someone is to make them feel welcome. NASHVILLE, TN - A map dot. That's where I grew up. A tiny map dot in the great state of Ohio. Approximate population: 2,500. My hometown of St. Henry, OH is so small it's technically not ... continue reading


Mary My Mother - Be At my Side Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

The great value of retreats is that the guidance and insight gained during those intense times of prayer and silence never stop giving. Every time I re-read my notes from past retreats I gain additional direction and encouragement. Let me share an example of what I ... continue reading


Never Stop Seeking Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

"Seek. The finding is not our job. Just seek and you will find." ~Father Kevin McGoldrick NASHVILLE, TN - Let your heart be led by the seeking. You don't have to know the outcome, you don't have to see the whole pathway, all you have to do is take the first step. It's ... continue reading


Happy New Year Resolutions! Watch

Image of

By Shelly A. Schneider

Did you make them? Have you already fallen off that proverbial wagon? I bet you at least gave the resolution thing some thought, especially after all that candy, turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, more mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. In 2016, my resolutions are more ... continue reading


What To Do With Your Hearts, Works, Joys and Sorrows Each Day Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

What a treasure trove of wisdom and spiritual insight our Church has accumulated over the centuries! The problem is that there are so many jewels, we forget what and where they are. CANASTOTA, NY - How fortunate I was to stumble upon this gem - this Advice to ... continue reading


Love Has Come Watch

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn 1:1) "And the Word became flesh..." (Jn 1:14) "...God is love." (1 Jn 4:8)What do these versus have in common, and what do they have to do with the Matt Maher song Love Has Come? ... continue reading


The Look Watch

Image of

By Shelly A. Schneider

My husband, Jim, and I recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I hope if you're married that you're still able to look at your husband or wife with love. I hope that time has not diminished, but enhanced, the love you feel for your spouse. And I hope you ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Stations of the Cross - Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother HD Video
  • Take this thought provoking Stations of the Cross survey
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Is Valentines Day...? (Take the quick survey!)
  • Palm Sunday HD Video
  • St. Scholastica: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Joel 2:12-18
12 'But now -- declares Yahweh- come back to me with all your heart, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
1 'Be careful not to parade your uprightness in public to attract ... Read More

Reading 2, Second Corinthians 5:20--6:2
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ; it is as though God were urging you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 10th, 2016 Image

St. Scholastica
February 10: St. Scholastica, sister of St. Benedict, ... Read More