I came up with this soup on a chilly, gloomy day when I had a lot of random ingredients at home and was feeling inspired by my newly purchased curry powder, something I had never cooked with before. Let me just brag for a second . . . I was so proud of how it turned out. It was the perfect healthy comfort food and I just had to share it with you! There is such a creative mix of ingredients and I especially love the combination of curry, cumin and cinnamon - some standard spices used in Indian meals. Since making this soup, I've started using those 3 spices in multiple recipes and it gives everything such a delicious warmth and aroma. With all the different spiced flavors going on, the sweetness of the dried apricots perfectly completes this hearty stew!
1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 white onion - chopped
1/2 cup carrots - chopped
1 garlic clove - diced
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 sprinkle of cinnamon (about 1 tsp)
1/2 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 can garbanzo beans - drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cup steamed lentils (I used Trader Joes's brand)
2 cups Trader Joe's Organic Butternut Squash Soup (low sodium)
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Garnish with slivered almonds, chopped dried apricots, and
Italian flat-leaf parsley.
Start by sauteeing onion and carrots in olive oil. When onions start looking translucent, add garlic, cinnamon, cumin, and curry powder. To make everything cook a little faster, add veggie broth. Once carrots have started to soften, stir in garbanzo beans and lentils. Pour in 2 cups butternut squash soup and toss in dried apricots. Squeeze 1/4 lemon into soup. Bring to a boil. Serve and garnish with apricots, slivered almonds & parsley.
Eat up . . . Tons of protein and fiber in this one! Enjoy!
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.