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Savory Lentil Vegetable Soup

 Savory Lentil Vegetable Soup
Beverly Sterling of Gasport, New York recommends this hearty variation of lentil soup. "Curry and ginger give the broth zip and spinach and squash are tasty, nutritious additions," she says.
6 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups dried lentils, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon cider or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute squash in 1 teaspoon oil until
  • crisp-tender. Remove and set aside. Add carrots, potato, onion,
  • garlic and remaining oil to the pan. Cook and stir over low heat for
  • 8-10 minutes. Stir in curry powder and ginger; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the broth, lentils, tomato paste, vinegar and pepper; bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils
  • and potatoes are tender. Add spinach and squash; heat through.
  • Yield: 6 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 236 calories, 145 mg sodium, 4 mg cholesterol, 37 gm carbohydrate, 15 gm protein, 5 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 meat, 1 vegetable.