Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Budget Friendly, Gluten Free Lentil Soup with Rice

If you're in a relationship and anything like me... then you probably find it incredibly hard to cook a meal just for yourself.  Right?  

My husband was not present for dinner tonight.  I was alone in the kitchen with the blessing of a full refrigerator and no idea what to cook.  Then I decided it was the perfect time to test drive a new recipe using gluten free soup.

Progresso offers a gluten free Lentil soup and it's found in the regular soup aisle at the grocery store.  Thank goodness for inexpensive, wheat free soup options.  I've had a difficult time finding any regular soup without wheat flour.

Tonight, I decided to cook some rice and see where the creativity took me.

Lentil Soup with Rice
- 19 oz. can of Progresso Lentil Soup
- 1 cup of jasmine rice
- 1/2 medium sweet onion, minced or finely chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, minced or finely chopped
- 1 TBSP of Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle or Basil & Thyme
- Optional:  3-6 shakes of crushed red pepper or a few pinches of chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the soup in a microwaveable bowl with the veggies and seasoning.  Bring rice to a boil in a sauce pan over high heat, reduce the heat to low and stir occasionally until tender.  Pour the soup over a portion of rice.  Serve and enjoy.

Personalize this recipe with your favorite vegetables:  tomato, mushroom, jalapeno, fresh basil and more.  The choice is yours!  There is no limit.

It's the simplest recipe with a ton of perks.  

► 1 can of Progresso Lentil Soup = 160 calories per 1 cup

► Divide the can of Lentil Soup into thirds - 1 for dinner that night, 1 for your lunch the next day and 1 for your significant others lunch.

► Depending on your part of the country, 1 can of soup costs approximately $1.50 to $2.  1 cup of rice will cost you about $0.50.  Add a few veggies and the meal is still under $5.

► Lentils are packed with nutrients that your body will appreciate.  According to Wikipedia, lentils are a legume with high protein, fiber, vitamin B and iron.

Time Saver Alert!!  The best perk is that I was able to make 3 meals or portions in under 10 minutes.

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