Jan 15th

Jini’s Magical Mystery Soup

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Oil (your choice, I typically use olive)
1 large onion, any color you like
1-3 cloves of garlic (to taste)
1/2 – 1 pounds of ground turkey or beef (meat is optional; I typically use ground turkey breast)
1 or 2 fresh tomatoes (1 small-medium can of diced tomatoes; I prefer “Pomi” strained tomatoes in a box, very low sodium)
1 carton of broth (chicken, beef, or veggie, depending if you add meat and what kind; I like to use low sodium broth)
1 cup of lentils (I like mixed)
Here’s where it gets fun:
Add as many assorted chopped veggies as you want (1 cup portions)! You can get creative here; just remember that the more bulk you put into the pot, the more stew-like the soup becomes! (I typically add peas and chopped carrots). Add spices to taste. (I like combinations of sage, cumin, thyme, oregano, and cayenne.)
Directions: Chop onion and garlic. Add onion, garlic, and meat (if you use) with a few splahes of your choice of oil to skillet. Cook on low until onions are starting to caramelize and meat is very lightly browned. In a large pot, combine the onion, garlic and meat mixture with the tomatoes, broth, lentils, veggies and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Check on it every so often and adjust spice as needed. Soup is done when lentils are cooked and soft!
Notes: You can also simmer the above ingredients on “low” in a slow cooker for several hours. It creates a really nice aroma in the kitchen! Also, I prefer low sodium because the food tastes better. For those on low-sodium diets, this is a great recipe.
(recipe courtesy of Jini Scoville, Burbank, CA)