Monday, April 19, 2010

Carrot Lentil Soup

It is another pureed vegetable soup! Plus, it has the goodness of lentils. Lentils are high in fibre and a good source of vegetarian protein. The best part? You won't even know they're there after they're pureed. It's a great soup if you're not really into lentils (or you're feeding a picky eater).

Carrot Lentil Soup
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
3 carrots, sliced
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) minced gingerroot
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
6 cups (1.5 L) vegetable stock or chickenstock
3/4 cup (175 mL) red lentils
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh coriander or parsley
1/2 cup (125 mL) plain low-fat yogurt
(Alternately, sour cream and dill)

Heat oil in saucepan over medium. Cook everything except the lentils and stock in the oil for about 5 minutes (until onions start to soften).

Add stock and lentils. Bring to boil, then simmer 20 minutes. When carrots and lentils are soft, puree soup with immersion blender or in batches in regular blender.

Garnish with herbed yogurt pr sour cream when serving. This soup freezes well.

Assuming 4 servings (and these would be very large servings):
Calories: 248, Protein: 13g, Fat 6 g (1 g sat), Carb 38g (7 g fibre)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Lemon Poppy Seed Sour Cream Loaf

Fresh and delicious! I had a lonely lemon in the fridge and some poppy seeds that have been in the pantry far too long... and now I have this delicious cake instead!

Lemon Poppy Seed Sour Cream Loaf from Canadian Living Magazine
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
2 tbsp (25 mL) freshly grated lemon rind
1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened
4 eggs
1/4 cup (50 mL) lemon juice
2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
2 tbsp (25 mL) poppy seeds
3/4 tsp (4 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) baking soda
1/2 cup (125 mL) sour cream
1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
5 tsp (24 mL) lemon juice, (approx)
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice

Mix the grated lemon rind with the white sugar. Add butter/margarine (softened in microwave), eggs, and lemon juice. Mix well. Add flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and sour cream.  Mix well again, until batter is uniform. Pour into small loaf pan (9 x 5 inches). Bake 1 hour at 325*F, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine took more like 1 hour 15 minutes.

Mix icing sugar and 5 teaspoons lemon juice to make icing. Divide in half and thin one half with 2 teaspoons more lemon juice. Brush thinned glaze onto loaf while warm. After cool, spread icing on top. Slice. Serve with coffee.