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Cozy Delicious Lentil and Spinach Soup


This is a Middle Eastern soup, typical of the simple foods served in the desert regions. Serve with pita bread and a grain or vegetable dish for a simple meal. This soup is also food served cold, stuffed into a pita bread.






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Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


1 ½ cups lentils
8 cups water
1 large onions
3 cloves garlic
peeled and minced
6 ounces tomato paste
2 bunch spinach
cleaned, chopped
½ cup parsley leaves
¼ teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground
teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup lemon juice


Place the lentils and water in a large pot.

Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 30 minutes over medium low heat.

Add the onion, tomato paste and garlic and cook an additional 30 minutes.

Add the spinach, parsley, and peppers.

Mix well and cook for another 10 minutes.

Add the lemon juice just before serving.

Mix in well and serve at once.

I added a bit of fresh ground nutmeg and salt to taste.

Note: I have found that balsamic vinegar in place of lemon juice is wonderful with lentils and imparts a slightly sweet taste.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 416g (14.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2424% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 15%
Dietary Fiber 19g 77%
Sugars g
Protein 36g
Vitamin A 231% Vitamin C 93%
Calcium 18% Iron 45%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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