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Colorful Carrot Red Lentil Chili

Packed with flavor and spice, this soup will help to warm you up thanks to the metabolism-stimulating effect of its spicy flavors. The chili is hearty and helps to nourish your body with immune-boosting vitamins A and C from the red produce. And let’s not forget about the lovely lentils. They are filled with fiber, iron and plant-based protein. This soup is not only delicious, but it will help to keep you feeling fuller longer to power you through your busy day.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) red lentils (brown and green lentils are good too)
  • 20 oz organic, low sodium, strained or stewed tomatoes (organic tomato sauce is okay too)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 2 red bell peppers (capsicum), chopped
  • 4 – 5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 tbsp each, basil and oregano

 

Directions

  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. In a medium to large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add chopped onion to the stockpot, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes or until slightly browned.
  4. Once onion is browned, add lentils and continue to cook, stirring occasionally every 2-3 minutes for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, water, bell peppers, carrots, herbs and spices and salt and pepper; continue to cook the chili on medium/high heat until soup comes to a boil.
  6. Once the soup comes to a boil, lower heat to medium/low and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until lentils are completely cooked.
  7. Remove soup from heat and serve to be enjoyed immediately or save for later.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 180

Fat: 7g

Trans Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 330mg

Carbohydrates: 25g

Fiber: 8g

Sugars: 12g

Protein: 5g