Lentil soup



I love to cook lentil soup for several reasons.My family loves it,Kids love it,it’s hearty-yet healthy,filling,and most of all its tasty.This recipe is light,flavorful and delivers your body with good stuff.

Lentil soup


  • 1 1/4 cup lentils(I used green)*
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 celery ribs diced
  • 1 small mexican squash or zucchini diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 8 0zs.tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 2 quarts water,chicken or vegetable broth.
  • 1-2 potatoes diced(optional)
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley and/or cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • *For lentils to cook faster, soak them in cold water for at least one hour.


  1. Heat a dutch oven or pot on medium heat.
  2. Add onions,carrots,celery,and bell pepper.
  3. Saute vegetables until soft and tender.
  4. Throw in mexican squash or zucchini.
  5. cook for a minute and add tomato sauce,salt,smoked paprika,cumin powder,dry parsley,dry basil and bay leaf.
  6. Cook for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Add lentils.
  8. Pour in water or broth.
  9. Bring it to boil on high heat.
  10. When starts to boil,reduce heat to low and continue to cook covered for about 30 minutes.
  11. If adding the potatoes,throw them in and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  12. Add in fresh chopped parsley and/or cilantro.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. Note-Soup will thicken as it sits.You might need to add more water or broth if you dont prefer it to be on the thicker side.
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Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Smoked salmon carpaccio is a delicious and fancy appetizer.One of my favorites.
6-8 thin slices of smoked salmon
¼  onion finely chopped
Arugula and Baby Romaine lettuce ( or you can use spring mix)
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Grilled/ toasted slices of bread such as ciabatta or pugliese
1 tbsp. Champagne wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
2 tbsp. Cold pressed olive oil
2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Honey
Mix mayo with honey and pour the sauce in to squeezable bottle.
Drizzle sauce on the plate.
Arrange slices of salmon,drizzle with sauce.
In a bowl combine lettuces,onion,vinegar,salt,pepper and olive oil.
Mix and arrange the salad in the middle of a platter.
Add capers on top of the salad. Place sliced crusty  bread slices or crackers on top of the salad.
Serve by starting with the bread, place salmon and salad on top of the bread and Enjoy!