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A very good soup which combines some lesser known ingredients: barley, lentils, and Swiss chard, which are tasty, rich in nutrients, and rather inexpensive.
|1/2 cup||green-brown lentils (dried)||80 g|
|1||onions, finely chopped||200 g|
|2||carrots, finely chopped||200 g|
|3 cups||Swiss chard, or spinach, coarsely chopped and packed||280 g|
|2 cloves||garlic, minced|
|1 1/2 tbsp||olive oil||23 mL|
|1 tsp||ground cumin||2 g|
|3 cups||chicken broth||750 mL|
|3 cups||water||750 mL|
|1/2 cup||pearl barley||90 g|
|1 1/4 cup||canned tomatoes (diced)||320 g|
|1 pinch||salt [optional]||0.1 g|
|ground pepper to taste [optional]|
It is not necessary to soak the lentils in advance.
The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.
per 1 serving (230g)
% Daily Value
|Vegetables and Fruits :||1 ¾||servings|
|Grain Products :||½||serving|
|Milk and Alternatives :||0||serving|
|Meat and Alternatives :||¼||serving|
|Meat and Alternatives||½|
A staple in our house...
I increased the cumin slightly. Also, I substituted kale for the Swiss chard. If you're using kale, a suggest you chop it up a bit finer and added about 30 minutes cooking process is ended.
This was a simple, healthy and inexpensive soup but I added a few things to boost the flavour. More broth, less water; 3 bay leaves while simmering; extra onion and garlic and a few chili flakes. I also added the lentils sooner and didn't cook it quite as long. I'll be curious to see how much liquid the barley and lentils absorb overnight.
This one was pretty good. I left the carrots chunky rather than finely chopped, I like a soup to have a good texture. This would be good with some diced stew beef or chicken chunks in it to satisfy my carnivore husband.
I really enjoyed this one!!!
We liked the texture of this soup, nice and creamy. But next time I would add more spices as it was a little bland.
awesome soup! even my picky 4 year old likes this one! i've made twice and have discovered adding either a dollop of sour cream, or a spoonful of parmesan, makes it even better.
This was excellent, flavourful and hearty.