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Makes: 9 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
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Lentil Soup with Lime Juice
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Prep time: 10 minutesCooking time: 1 hourTotal time: 1 1⁄6 hours


1 Tablespoon
vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound
dried lentils, washed and picked over
8 cups
cold water
1 teaspoon
1⁄2 teaspoon
each black pepper and ground cumin
1 teaspoon
dried thyme or oregano
3 bay leaves
1 can
(4 ounces) mild green chilies, drained and chopped
red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1⁄3 cup
fresh lime juice or to taste (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice)


  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion in vegetable oil over medium high heat (350 degrees in an electric skillet).
  2. Add lentils, water, salt, pepper, cumin, thyme or oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium low (250 degrees in an electric skillet). Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the green chilies, red bell pepper and carrots. Simmer 15 more minutes or until the lentils are very soft.
  4. Before serving, remove and discard the bay leaves and stir in the lime juice. Serve hot.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Try topping soup with a dollop of sour cream and chopped tomatoes.
  • This soup is also good if a potato, another carrot, and celery are added.
  • Eliminate the chilies and cumin if you do not want the Mexican flavors.
  • Freeze extra lime juice to use later.
Serving Size: 
3/4 cup
Nutritional Label: 
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  • sliced fruit
  • a glass of low-fat milk
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