"Energy-Loading" Lentil Soup
This is a quick boost of protein and carbohydrate energy—add some whole grain crackers or a whole grain roll, and the combination will assist in a great game!
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 3–4
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 small onion, chopped finely
- 2 to 3 large carrots, chopped finely
- 1 cup lentils, dry
- 2 to 3 (16-ounce) cans chicken broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- Pepper and garlic to taste
In a medium skillet, spray nonstick cooking spray.
Heat olive oil on low heat. Add celery, onions, and carrots, and sauté until tender.
In a medium saucepan, cook lentils according to directions.
Add broth and the can of diced tomatoes.
Add vegetables, and continue to simmer, until hearty stew texture, about 30 to 45 minutes.
Bean Soups Versus Creamed Soups
Generally made without cream, bean soups such as a white bean soup, minestrone, pasta fagioli, lentil, and black bean soup are much healthier than creamed soups such as New England clam chowder or cream of broccoli. Always encourage children to choose the non-creamed versions; cream is highly saturated with fat.