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LENTIL AND SWISS CHARD SOUP

Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals one and one-half Five A Day servings


Ingredients
• 1 cup green lentils
• 1 lb swiss chard, washed, trimmed and chopped into ½ inch strips
• 6 ¾ cups water
• 10 cloves garlic, peeled
• ¼ tsp salt
• juice of 2 lemons
• 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Put the lentils and water in a large saucepan and place over high heat.
Bring to a boil, add the chopped chard, and reduce the heat to medium.

Cover the pan and boil gently for 15 minutes.

Mix the softened chard and the lentils well and cook uncovered for another 45 minutes.

In the meantime, place the garlic cloves in a mortar, add a generous pinch of salt, and pound with a pestle until you have a smooth paste.

Slowly incorporate the lemon juice into the garlic paste, then do the same with the olive oil.

Add the garlic mixture to the soup.

Season with salt and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.

Serve at room temperature.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 246, Protein 14g, Fat 7g, Calories From Fat 24%, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 34g, Fiber 9g, Sodium 266mg.

Source: Melissa’s

 

 

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