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Hearty and Healthy: a Great Any Time Soup!

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A healthy bowl of soup makes a great dinner or hearty lunch.

This homemade lentil soup recipe is cozy, filling, and loaded with nourishment. With just one pot and a handful of common ingredients, this favorite soup is a go-to!

Budget-friendly, easy to make, and freezer-friendly, this is a staple in my house!

What is Lentil Soup?

Lentil soup is a comforting and satisfying meal that packs a punch of nutrition and flavor. Made with lentils, vegetables, and spices, this soup is a hearty and delicious way to get in a serving of protein and fiber.

If you like bean soup, you’ll probably love this one pot lentil soup recipe!Lentils are a great source of protein and loaded with nutritionThis is a budget-friendly meal and it reheats and freezes beautifully.Homemade lentil soup uses just a handful of common ingredients and has great flavor.The rich and savory taste of lentil soup is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a healthy option for any meal.

How to Make Lentil Soup

A lentil vegetable soup is an easy recipe with just a few steps.

Cook carrot, onion, and celery in olive oil per the recipe below. Add spices and broth. Simmer with lentils and bay leaf skimming any foam.Once tender, season with salt and black pepper to taste.

For a thicker soup, it can be simmered uncovered a bit longer or you can blend part of it with an immersion blender.

Serve it with crusty bread or a thick slice of homemade garlic bread or cornbread.

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Leftover Lentil Soup?

Cool the soup before placing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for up to 5 days.For longer storage, freeze the soup in a freezer-safe container and label it with the date it was made. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer.To reheat the soup, use the stovetop or microwave. Heat it until it reaches the desired temperature.

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Homemade Lentil Soup

Nourishing, comforting and flavorful lentil soup is a simple one pot meal that is warming and satisfying.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings 8 servings

4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth4 cups water28 ounces whole tomatoes with juice, or diced1 ½ cups dry lentils brown, green or mixed3 carrots diced2 ribs celery diced1 onion diced3 cloves garlic minced1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon curry powder½ teaspoon ground cumin1 bay leaf2 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion, carrot, celery, and minced garlic. Cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in cumin and curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

Pour in chicken or vegetable broth, water, and tomatoes (with juice) into the pot. Break up the tomatoes with a spoon. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Reduce heat and add lentils and bay leaf. Simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adding more broth if needed and skimming off any foam as needed.

Once the lentils are tender, discard the bay leaf and add chopped cilantro or parsley to taste.

If the lentil soup is too thick, you can add a little water or broth to thin it out to the desired consistency. And if it’s too thin, let it simmer for a little longer to thicken up.
A wider pot will evaporate a bit faster than a taller, thinner pot.

Seasonings can be changed based on preferences. Swap out the curry and cumin for Italian seasoning, basil or oregano if desired.

Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. 

5 from 21 votes

Calories: 186 | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4004IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian

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Easy Layered Salad – Perfect to Make Ahead

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This overnight 7-layer salad recipe is everyday easy in addition to being party perfect!

Layers of fresh lettuce, veggies, cheese, and bacon are topped with a creamy dressing to make this seven layer salad!

What’s in Seven Layer Salad? 

Mix and match the ingredients, I add 7 layers but you can add as many as you’d like to this overnight salad.

Lettuce – Iceberg lettuce will stay extra crunchy due to its high water content, so it’s great in an overnight salad. Wash it first and then dry it very well (I use a salad spinner).

Vegetables – Tomatoes, peas, and sliced green onions add visual interest to a 7 layer salad, but so can chopped celery, sliced radishes, diced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, shredded zucchini, corn, sundried tomatoes, and even shredded brussels sprouts. This is a great recipe for using up leftover bits of veggies in the fridge.

Bacon & Eggs – Bacon and hard-boiled eggs add texture, color, and a boost of healthy protein. I keep the bacon on the side and sprinkle it on just before serving.

Cheese – Cheddar cheese has a sharp flavor that tastes great with sweet peas and salty bacon. Blue cheese crumbles or parmesan cheese are other excellent options.

Dressing for Overnight Salad

This mayo-based sour cream dressing is traditional and it is super easy to make. It’s thicker than a traditional dressing, so it holds up well.

Add in your favorite herbs or ranch-style seasonings to change it up.

Keep leftover 7-layer salad covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The flavors will blend and taste even better the next day!

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7 Layer Salad

A delicious medley of layers topped with a creamy homemade dressing and bacon crumbles makes for a colorful and hearty salad!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Servings 12 servings

1 Trifle Bowl to show layers

1 head iceberg lettuce chopped2 cups tomatoes diced, or sliced cherry tomatoes2 cups frozen peas defrosted (uncooked)½ cup green onions or red onions, sliced8 hard boiled eggs cooled, peeled and chopped2 cups cheddar cheese shredded8 slices bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

DRESSING

In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and seasoned salt for the dressing. Set aside.

Wash and dry the lettuce very well. Place lettuce in the bottom of a large trifle bowl (or 9×13 pan).

In order, top with tomatoes, peas, green onions, and boiled eggs. Spread the dressing on top right to the edges.

Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Top with cheese and bacon before serving.

Feel free to substitute other vegetables for the layers. Options include bell peppers, corn, sliced celery, mushrooms, or radishes, sundried tomatoes or shredded carrots, cabbage, zucchini, or brussels sprouts!
To make ahead, assemble all the layers except cheese and bacon, cover, and chill. Just before serving, layer cheese and bacon on top.
Optional Ranch Style Dressing1 cup mayonnaise¾ cup sour cream½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon onion powder1 tablespoon fresh dill1 tablespoon fresh parsleysalt & pepper to taste

5 from 24 votes

Calories: 348 | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 579mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

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Turkey Noodle Casserole

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Turn leftovers into a cozy turkey noodle casserole that the whole family will love!

This noodle casserole has packed with tender veggies, turkey, and pasta baked in a simple homey sauce. It’s all baked under buttery bread crumbs.

Ingredients for Turkey Noodle Casserole

This basic casserole is simply turkey, veggies, and pasta cooked in a simple homemade sauce.

Turkey: Use leftover turkey or use rotisserie chicken. Leftover ham is another great variation in this recipe.

Vegetables: This turkey noodle casserole is so versatile. Use either frozen mixed vegetables or veggies from your crisper drawer (see recipe notes for fresh vegetables).

Pasta: Any medium shape can be used in this recipe. Try penne or rotini, and be sure to cook it al dente (firm) so it doesn’t overcook in the oven.

Sauce: The sauce below is a very simple cream sauce, almost reminiscent of chicken pot pie sauce. You can swap it out for cream of mushroom, chicken, or celery soup or a jar of Alfredo sauce. Be sure to add the poultry seasoning; it adds great flavor.

Swap in Your Leftovers

Sauce

If you’ve got leftover gravy or cheese sauce, they can be used in this recipe (you’ll need about 4 cups of sauce) instead of making a from-scratch sauce.

If you don’t have 4 cups of sauce, use what you have and add either a jar of alfredo sauce or a can of condensed mushroom or chicken soup.

Vegetables

Add leftover vegetables from last night’s dinner or even leftover green bean casserole (sauce and all)!

Assemble turkey noodle casserole up to 1 day ahead, but leave off the topping and refrigerate overnight.

Remove the casserole from the fridge for at least 30 minutes before baking and sprinkle with the topping. Add an extra 5-7 minutes of baking time.

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Turkey Noodle Casserole

The best way to use up leftover turkey and veggies from the holidays is with this Turkey Noodle Casserole!

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 1 hour

Servings 6

Creamy Sauce (see notes for shortcut)

⅓ cup butter1 small onion diced2 cloves garlic minced⅓ cup flour¾ teaspoon poultry seasoning½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves3 cups chicken broth1 ½ cups light cream or half and half1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh½ teaspoon Kosher salt or more to taste¼ teaspoon black pepper

Casserole

3 cup frozen mixed vegetables thawed, see notes for fresh vegetables2 cups cooked turkey cubed, or chicken12 ounces medium pasta such as rotini or penne

Topping

¼ cup melted butter½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 or 3-quart casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add diced onion, minced garlic, and seasonings and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

Add flour and cook for 1 minute.

Slowly stir in chicken broth and evaporated milk, until the mixture is smooth. The mixture will be very thick at first.

Bring the sauce to a boil while stirring over medium heat. Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in salt, pepper, and parsley.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than directed on the package. Drain well.

Combine cooked pasta, thawed vegetables, cubed turkey or chicken, and sauce in the prepared casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, mix together melted butter and seasoned breadcrumbs, then sprinkle over the casserole.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is browned.

Sauce: To make a shortcut sauce, replace the sauce with a jar of alfredo sauce and add in the seasonings. Cream can be substituted for evaporated milk. 
Cheese: 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese like cheddar can be added to the sauce.
To use fresh vegetables: Fresh vegetables can be used in place of frozen mixed vegetables. I would suggest 3 chopped carrots, 2 ribs of celery, and 1 cup of corn (although any combination will work). Add the fresh vegetables to the boiling pasta water for the last 4 minutes in step 7 or steam the vegetables until tender.
Store leftover casserole covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or in the microwave until heated through. 

5 from 8 votes

Calories: 519 | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4018IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 199mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole, Dinner, Turkey
Cuisine American

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Easy Lemon Chicken

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Tender chunks of chicken are pan-fried and tossed in a simple tangy-sweet lemon sauce. You can’t beat the flavor of fresh lemon. Serve this over rice for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Have you ever had a stir-fry and wondered how the get the meat so darn tender? Most often it’s due to a technique called velveting.

Meat (beef or chicken) is marinated in a combination of egg white, cornstarch, oil, and often other additives like vinegar. Cornstarch is a natural tenderizer (and used in this recipe as well as many other stir fry favorites and even Mongolian Beef)!

Pour the sauce right over if you are in a hurry, but I like to remove the chicken from the pan, deglaze the pan using the sauce, then add the chicken back in.

Garnish with lemon slices, green onion or chives and sesame seeds.

Lemon Chicken is a great dish to make ahead or make a double batch so that you’ll have lots of leftovers. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days for easy lunches!

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This easy lemon recipe is a sweet zesty favorite, made in under an hour!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Marinate Time 15 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Servings 4 servings

1 pound boneless chicken breast diced1 large egg3 tablespoons cornstarch2 tablespoons soy sauce2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Sauce

¾ cup chicken broth1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch¼ cup sugar3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Optional Garnish

sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onion

In a bowl, combine chicken with egg, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.

In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients.

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Discard the marinade.

Add chicken to the pan in batches and stir-fry until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Stir the sauce well to ensure the cornstarch is fully incorporated. Pour it into the pan with the chicken. Let it simmer on low heat until it thickened, about 3-4 minutes

Garnish with sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onion, and lemon wedges if desired.

This recipe comes together quickly; prepare all of the ingredients before beginning to cook.
Chicken: For easy handling, place chicken in the freezer for 15 minutes before cutting (optional). Chicken thighs work well in this recipe.
Lemon: Fresh lemon juice is best for this recipe. If using fresh lemon, ½ teaspoon of lemon zest can be added to the sauce for an extra boost of lemon flavor. 
Vegetables: Vegetables can be added to this chicken, asparagus, or green beans are great options. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside. Trim the vegetables and add them to the pan. Stir-fry them for a few minutes until they are tender crisp. Add the chicken and the sauce and continue to cook as directed.
For a crispy chicken, marinated chicken can be dusted in corn starch and deep fried in small batches at 350°F for 4-5 minutes. Thicken sauce and toss with chicken.
 

4.95 from 17 votes

Calories: 258 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian Fusion

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