Summery Lentil Soup and Grilled Garlic Bread

Sometimes simple dinners are the best dinners. I loveee soup and will eat it year round (rain or shine)! This super easy lentil soup requires very few ingredients, is filling, and healthy! I used cilantro because it reminds me of summer (think tacos, Coronas, pico de gallo…you get my drift).

I loved the pre-cooked lentil pack from Trader Joes because it cuts down on cooking time!

I don’t know how I ever lived without a cast iron dutch oven. Note: Mine is a Cuisniart! One day I will fork over the cash for a Le Creuset…one day.

This is one of Trader Joe’s mini loafs for $1.99. I sliced it to the thickness I wanted my garlic bread.

Brush olive oil on both sides of your bread and grill over medium heat. Grill about 2 minutes per side. Watch for burning!

Just simply rub a peeled garlic clove on one or both sides of the pieces of bread. Make sure the bread is still warm so that the garlic clove essentially “melts” onto the bread as your rubbing it. Voila! Yummy yummy garlic bread that isn’t greasy!

Summery Lentil Soup and Grilled Garlic Bread
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Recipe type: dinner, lunch, soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Drizzle oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook until translucent.
  2. Stir in lemon zest, cooked lentils, chicken stock, and 1 to 2 cups water to reach desired consistency Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 30-40 minutes, until lentils are soft.

 

 

Sometimes simple dinners are the best dinners. I loveee soup and will eat it year round (rain or shine)! This super easy lentil soup requires very few ingredients, is filling, and healthy! I used cilantro because it reminds me of summer (think tacos, coronas, pico de gallo…you get my drift).