Want a warm and healthy soup to get your family through the winter? Try this...
Seven Sacred Ingredients Soup
Actually, there are more than seven ingredients – but - the key seven ingredients that make this soup “sacred” are plants and herbs mentioned in the Bible. The other wonderful quality about each of these ingredients is that they all lower cholesterol. This hearty soup is delicious, cholesterol-reducing and nutritious. The sacred seven are: Chickpeas, Coriander, Cumin, Tumeric, Garlic, Onion, and Lentils.
16 oz. of lentils (about 2 cups), I used red lentils
4 cups of water
1 onion, chopped or 3 whole leeks, chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
2 – 3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs. turmeric
1 tbs. cumin powder
1 tbs. coriander powder
1 tbs. curry powder
1 jalapeno pepper chopped
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 cups butternut squash, chipped into 1 inch pieces
1 32 oz. vegetable broth
1 2 .5 oz. Knorrs vegetable bouillon
salt and pepper taste
chopped cilantro for garnish
First boil two cups of chopped butternut squash for about 10 to 15 minutes or until just able to pierce with fork, and still firm. Drain and set aside. Boil the lentils in 4 cups of water for about 15 minutes until soft, set aside. In a large saucepan, on low heat, add all the spices to the olive oil and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the bouillon. Then add and sauté onion and/or leeks with garlic for about two minutes. Add red, and jalapeno peppers and zucchini, sauté for about 4- 5 minutes or just until just soft.
In a large soup pot add lentils, sautéed vegetables and vegetable broth and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Then add butternut squash and garbanzo beans and heat through, about another five minutes. Add water if the soup is too thick. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh chopped cilantro.