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Everyone should go out and buy ingredients for this and make it RFN. It's that good.

Wegmans' Spicy Red Lentil Chili

2 cup red lentils
8 cups water
4 tbs butter
1 cup onion, diced small
1/2 cup celery (about 1 stalk), diced small
4 tbs garlic, chopped
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 tsp Tobasco sauce
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
4 tbs corn starch
1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper

1. Bring lentils and 4 cups of water to boil, turn off heat. Remove half lentils and liquid, place in food processor and puree (this can also be done with a stick blender directly in the pot, but be sure not to turn the entire batch to mush).

2. Melt butter in soup pot. Add onions and sweat (softening without browning), approx. 2 min. Add celery and garlic, sweat 5 more min. Add tomatoes, simmer for 5 min.

3. Add broth, 4 cups of water and seasonings. Bring to simmer.

4. Add whole and pureed lentils and liquid, cook until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes.

5. Combine cornstarch with approx. 4 tbs of water to make a slurry. Add slurry to boiling soup and stir 30 seconds to thicken slightly. Remove from heat and add green pepper. Adjust salt if needed.

Each 1 cup serving contains:

170 calories
27g carbohydrate (6g fiber)
8g protein
4g fat

Date: 2006-07-20 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zette.livejournal.com
That sounds SO good, but the last time I ate lentils (in soup) I was sick like I'd been in a third world country in a water chugging contest. I'm scared now!

Date: 2006-07-20 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] withbutterflies.livejournal.com
Nobody describes things quite like you :)

Date: 2006-07-20 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scout1222.livejournal.com
That sounds delicious.

Date: 2006-07-20 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jadis.livejournal.com
No lie, I could have eaten myself into a coma on this stuff. SO GOOD. I had a dilemma this morning trying to decide if I should bring some for lunch, or get Greek food (spinach pie and grape leaves) at the Farmer's Market. I opted for the Greek food, but I can't wait to have some for dinner!

Oh, and I'm sure you could reduce the butter if you wanted to make it a little lighter...or use light olive oil for the sauteeing if you wanted to make it vegan. And it's so pretty when it's done...red lentils, with the almost-raw green pepper (which doesn't get cooked too much since you're tossing it in at the end) for texture and color contrast. Not a bad WW meal!

Date: 2006-07-20 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scout1222.livejournal.com
That's exactly what I was thinking about the butter, but your nutrition information really isn't that bad to begin with. So even using the butter wouldn't be the end of the world.

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