We’ve all had days when we need a lunch that’s sustaining and satisfying. If you’ve got a lot on your plate this week, consider making a batch of this protein packed Black Bean and Lentil Soup. It will keep your energy up for hours with its high fiber, high protein mix of black beans and lentils. A dash of cumin and chili powder, and you’ve got a flavorful lunch you’ll want to make a part of your regular healthy eating menu plan!
Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups | Calories: 248 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 228 mg | Carbohydrates: 41 g | Dietary Fiber: 14 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 13 g | SmartPoints: 7
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 sweet or yellow onion, diced
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup red lentils (green or brown lentils are optional)
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- In a large pot add olive oil and sauté garlic for one minute. Add diced onions and carrots and continue to sauté until onion is tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and cover.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until lentils and carrots are tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
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