It's one of those days.. ya know what I'm talking about? Where you are supposed to profess your love.
Let me profess mine: I love soup. (In case you're new here - I love soup.)
And many days, I love simple meals as well.
This came to me when I was trying to think of what to do with some pantry items. I usually have lentils and usually some barley as well. That's all fine and dandy but you need something else with those things to make a soup that could proudly be called a meal.
Ahh yes.. the chard just waiting in my fridge. And chard, like many greens, does not wait long. Sometimes I find that the best dishes are made out of desperation. (Not the best decisions are made in the same way, mind you.)
You could of course use kale or spinach instead. You know what you love and I'm sure you'll make it with that. If you haven't really given chard much of a chance though I suggest you try it. It's very "earthy" and that melds perfectly with barley and lentils.
So warm yourself up with a big bowl of soup today. It will pretty much cancel out all of that chocolate you're going to eat later!
*Use whatever kind of greens you like in this soup. Tender greens like spinach should be added in at the last minute.
*This makes a lot of soup but you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it and have some later!
Red Lentil, Barley and Swiss Chard Soup
serves about 10 - 1 cup servings
- 2 quarts vegetable broth (8 cups)
- 1 cup pearled barley (barley groats will take far longer to cook)
- 1 cup red lentils
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
- 6 cups chopped swiss chard (1 large bunch)
- salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
Bring everything but the chard to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once it is boiling turn the heat to low and put on the lid. Simmer for 35-40 minutes.
Add in the swiss chard and let simmer for about 5 minutes, or until slightly tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Your broth may be very salty or not at all so I am sure you will find the right balance yourself.)
Serve with warm crusty bread and maybe a fresh raw salad.
Nutritional information per serving : Serving size: 1 cup
3 WWPointsPlus, 126 calories, 0.4g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 26.3g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 2.9g sugar, 5.7g protein