Soup's On: Learn to make Lebanese Lentil Soup
My latest video of my online cooking show Fare with Flair is up and it's perfectly timed for fall because we are making soup! With just a few spices like cooling cumin and anti-inflammatory turmeric, you can make a interesting soup that's not too spicy or complicated.
While anyone can enjoy this soup, I was especially thinking about those with cancer as I was creating it. Proper nutrition is important when going through chemotherapy, but appetite changes, low energy, and digestive issues can make you not want to spend a bunch of time in the kitchen. This lentil soup can be made ahead of time and frozen, so feel free to make a big batch before you start treatment or request that a friend make it to stock your freezer so you can "shop" nutritious meals at home.
Lentils are the highest protein legume (9-10g of protein per 1/2 cup serving) so they make a good choice for replenishing protein during chemotherapy. They are also rich in soluble fiber which can help regulate digestion and ease constipation. My favorite part of this recipe is that it's incredibly easy and affordable so as long as you have a soup pot and some red lentils, you can benefit from this nourishing meal.
I love making this soup on cold fall or winter nights because it's both hearty and filling without needing dairy or other heavy ingredients. Lentil soup is one of my favorite dishes to order in Lebanese restaurants or other Middle Eastern restaurants, so I recreated it for you. Be sure to add a hearty dose of lemon juice and a touch of something green and leafy (I used parsley) to really bring the dish to life.
Watch the video to learn how to make Lebanese Lentil Soup. or check out the recipe on my recipes page.