Mexican lentil vegetable soup with chia: Sopa de lentejas y verduras con chia
This soup is comforting, delicious, and incredibly healthy. What more could you ask for? Oh yes, you can ask for it not to be watery, and this one isn't, thanks to the inclusion of chia seeds.
- ½ pound lentils
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tablespoon minced fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds, ground in a coffee or spice mill
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- Crumbled or grated cheese for garnish, if desired
Soak the lentils in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot, add the onions and sauté until just transparent. Add the garlic, celery and carrots and cook, stirring, for another minute.
Add the salt and pepper, thyme, cumin, chia seeds and tomato paste, and stir to combine all.
Add the lentils and stock, stirring well. Reduce the heat, cover and cook until the lentils are tender. Garnish with cheese if desired. Makes 6 servings.
Chia: Ancient Mexican seed and modern superfood