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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.

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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. 

  

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