From the famous longstanding Jerusalem Restaurant in Toronto, this recipe proves that a few humble staples as rice, lentils, stock and spices, can transform into satisfying and healthy meal. Pair with quinoa tabbouleh salad and you’re all set!
Lentils are easier to cook than other legumes as they don’t require presoaking. They are the perfect plant-based protein for weight loss – rich in folate and iron necessary for red blood cells formation, potassium for regulating blood pressure, b-vitamins for metabolism and proper nervous system function, and fibre and protein for regulating blood sugar and appetite.
For a refreshing flavour, try adding a squeeze of lemon juice to finish the soup
|3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
1 ½ cup red lentils
½ cup Italian rice or basmati rice
7 cups low sodium vegetable stock
|1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
¼ tsp pepper
2 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
The night before, soak lentils in water to remove anti-nutrients such as phytic acids and leptins which reduce nutrient absorption and cause gas.
- Sauté onion in olive oil.
- Rinse lentils and rice. Add both to a stock pot.
- Add water, veggie stock, cumin, turmeric, pepper and parsley. Simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Add lemon at the end.
1 serving = 2 proteins, 1 fat