When it comes to meal prep, it is sometimes difficult to think outside the protein, carb and veggie box. The healthy meal prep lentil soup recipe below combines all three of these nutrients into a delicious bowl. This lentil soup recipe keeps our meal prep interesting and can be eaten as a side or be a meal all on it’s own. I hope you enjoy my version of delicious and healthy meal prep lentil soup – I know you will love it!
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Benefits of Eating Lentils
Helps Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
Legume contains high amounts of soluble fiber (about 16 grams per cup). During digestion, the soluble fiber attracts water which helps to slow down the digestion process. This allows the body to absorb nutrients at a slower pace and helps to stabilize blood glucose levels. Not only does lentil soup do all of this, but it also helps lower your cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
Great Source of Protein
Out of the entire legume family, lentils contain the 3rd highest amount of protein. About 25% of their calories are attributed to protein, so keep them in mind when you are trying to reach your protein intake goals.
Find Higher Levels of Energy
Due to its high levels of fiber and complex carbohydrates, the body will use this to burn energy at a slower pace. This means you will have steady energy for longer periods of time. Lentils are also a great source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, folate and niacin. Iron is directly responsible for helping to get oxygen delivered to your body which is vital for energy production.
Lentils Help With Your Weight Loss Goals
After all said and done, healthy meal prep lentil soup is still low in calories and contain little to no fat. Consuming one cup of cooked lentil soup will only cost you about 250 calories, so there is plenty of room for a slice of wheat bread or something else to go along with it. And, it has helped me to stay full for long periods of time, which is a good thing if you are trying to lose or maintain weight.
How to make healthy meal prep lentil soup
For this recipe you will need:
8 cups water
2 cups rinsed dry lentils
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules, low sodium
½ onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 sprigs fresh coriander (cilantro)
In a medium or large sized pot, boil the lentils in the water for about 20 minutes.
In a separate pan, using a little olive oil, sate the onions for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cover and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add salt and bouillon granules. Cover and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes.
Add the sated ingredients into the pot with lentils, add the sprigs of coriander and cook on medium for an additional 10 minutes.
This lentil soup is very delicious, healthy and easy to make. Plus it’s great for meal prep! You can make a batch for the entire week as it is very easy to reheat and tote along in a thermos. Have you tried this recipe yet? Do you have your own healthy meal prep lentil soup recipe that you make? Let me know all about it in the comments section. Thanks for reading! Please take some time to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won’t miss any new video recipes and please share this with your friends and family. Thanks for watching!
Healthy Meal Prep Lentil Soup Video Recipe
Healthy Meal Prep Lentil Soup
Sometimes we get so caught up on figuring out what we’re going to meal prep as our main source of protein, veggies and carbs that we very often forget that we can keep our meals even more interesting with sides! To make sure you have plenty of options to keep things interesting, today I bring you my version of delicious and healthy meal prep lentil soup that I know you will love.
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups lentils rinsed
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules low sodium
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 2 tomatoes chopped
- 2 sprigs coriander
Boil lentils in water for about 20 minutes in medium sized pot.
In a separate pan, sate onions in some olive oil for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add salt and chicken bouillon, mix, cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes on medium heat.
Pour onion and tomato mixture into lentil pot. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.