When trying to integrate more nutrients into my diet, I sometimes struggle to find equally delicious and nutritious recipes.
Thankfully, working at America's Test Kitchen has expanded my knowledge of various ingredients and has boosted my confidence in cooking with them.
I've learned that even the simplest ingredients, such as lentils, can be transformed into beautiful, flavorful meals. Our Red Lentil Soup with Warm Spices featured in The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook is the perfect example. It's my go-to for cold winter nights or when my immune system needs a boost.
Here are a few more reasons you'll enjoy it too.
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1. It's Wallet-Friendly
You shouldn't have to spend a lot of money to eat well. This recipe uses less than one pound of lentils, which cost around $2 at my local grocery store. The other ingredients, including chicken broth, butter, and lemon juice, are items you probably already have in your pantry. You can feed 4 to 6 people for under $18. (Especially if you use chicken broth concentrate—the best bang-for-your-buck ingredient!)
2. It's Nourishing
3. It's One-Pot Perfection
I love it when a recipe doesn't require washing three skillets after dinner. One-pot meals also ensure that all the ingredients are melded together in a symphony of flavor. Our Best Buy large saucepan gets the job done.
I like to make a big batch and then store it in my freezer to pull out when my fridge feels bare (or when I don’t feel like cooking).
4. Most Importantly, It's Delicious
Between the lentils' subtle, pleasant texture and the spices' mouthwatering aroma, this soup is frankly luxurious. It has a hint of heat from cayenne and refreshing brightness from the herbs. It's a comforting winter soup that I plan on making throughout the season.