Last Minute Lentil Soup


Greetings! I am currently writing on this gloomy Tuesday from my bed, where Henry is more than content using me as a pillow. Yesterday I had high hopes of getting not only some writing done for a client, but also trying a new dessert recipe, cleaning and reading a little bit, but I ended up spending the majority of the evening between the couch and bed.

img_0746So, I decided to take a sick day today to catch up on sleep and life. Usually, I push myself through it, but my body was fighting me hard last night, so I listened. Self care, self care, self care.  Don’t ruin your holiday. And while I didn’t get much done today in retrospect, I did make some homemade lentil soup!

Some friends recently recommended a Mediterranean Grocery to us, which we visited Sunday and picked up some ingredients for our Mediterranean themed dinner tomorrow like pita, ingredients for homemade hummus, labna, dates, lentils, etc. I am sooo excited! I haven’t experimented much with lentils, but taking a shot in the dark with this soup, I’m looking forward to trying some other dishes in the future! If you are looking for a last minute addition to your menu, this recipe packs flavor and protein for the win.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is off to a great start! & if it’s not, don’t worry, there is still time 🙂 

[ Last Minute Lentil Soup ]


  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp of cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 onion minced
  • 4 ribs of celery
  • 1 cup of matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • parsley
  • parmesan cheese



  1. In one pan, cook ground chicken, or sausage or turkey.
  2. In another pan, cook onion and garlic in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots and sautéed for another 5 minutes. Add lentils, broth, water, paprika, cumin, and ginger. Bring to boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce to low heat and let cook for 45 minutes.
  4. In the last five minutes, add in the ground chicken and mix in.
  5. Top with parsley. While I know that parmesan is not part of a traditional lentil soup, I really liked it on there!


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