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Carrot Lentil Detox Soup


This recipe is based on one from Dr. Georgia Nab's book One Degree of Change. Although I haven't gone through her full 21 day program, this is a great book to reference when you need a "detox" recipe, say, if you've had a few too many Valentine's treats. Carrots are an excellent source of carotenoids (antioxidants), vitamin A, and fiber. Lentils contain fiber to help lower cholesterol in your blood. The final yellow-orange soup garnished with bright green cilantro is just pretty, too.

1.25 cups of red lentils
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 pound of carrots, grated
3 quarts of vegetable stock
fresh cilantro, chopped

Rinse and drain the lentils and set them aside. Heat the oil on medium and add the onion and garlic, cooking for 4-5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add carrots, lentils, and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Serve in 4 bowls topped with fresh cilantro.

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