The taste of fresh ginger is often described as spicy and warm which makes it the perfect addition to this comforting soup. You’ll be going back for seconds, maybe even thirds! This hearty soup is just what you need to soothe your soul when the temperatures drop, made with immune-boosting turmeric, sweet potato, white rice, lentils and kale. It’s meat-free, but all of the filling ingredients will definitely keep you feeling satisfied.
Rich soups and hearty stews are top-tier Homemade Warm and Hearty Comfort Dishes, but sometimes a big bowl of heartwarming soup is just what you need, no matter the weather. Combining ginger, sweet honey and earthy turmeric, our creamy Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup with Chicken and Rice is another perfect cure for the winter blues.
How to Prepare Lentils
Make sure you give your dry red lentils a quick rinse to get rid of any dirt or residue. Follow the cooking directions on your lentil package, however, you can also cook your lentils with a ratio of 1:3, add lentils and your liquid of choice in a pot. Once it’s boiling, cover and reduce heat until lentils are tender — about 15 minutes. Voilá! Homemade lentils ready to add into any stew or soup.
Choosing the Best Lentil for Your Dish
Red lentils bring nutty, earthy and slightly sweet flavors to your soup, and because they’re the quickest legume to cook, it’s worth your while to make. Of course, if you’re short on time, a canned or jarred legume works just as well. For an even heartier dish, chickpeas, red beans, or brown lentils — rinsed and drained — are great options. Swap out the red lentils or mix in both, adjusting the other ingredients accordingly.
Lentils are highly versatile. Toss them in a salad like this rich Thai Lentil and Rice Salad packed with flavor — a unique dish that will spice up your weeknight routine! Or, mix them in a stew like this vegetarian-friendly Mushroom Quinoa Chili and it will change the way you think about chili. This vibrant Autumn Vegetable and Rice Power Bowl is an effortless dinner that is soon to be a fall favorite. Looking for a yummy seafood option for dinner? Try our: easy shrimp fried rice recipe.