This is one of Faith’s favorite go-to soup-as-a-meal recipes. She prefers red lentils, simply because she finds them beautiful, but you could use brown lentils if that’s what you have or what you like. As a last step, she uses an immersion blender to thicken the soup, but you don’t have to if you like the texture of the plump cooked lentils as they are.
low sodium chicken broth
Aside from its comfort and restorative potential, it’s also just plain ol’ delicious.
We’ve all had lemon chicken soup with rice or noodles, but quinoa somehow makes any dish heartier and more substantial. Because quinoa is so dense and filling, it’s an excellent way to make Faith’s soup recipe, a riff on avgolemono, a meal.
In our chicken and wine recipe, deep dark chocolate is what we call a “stealth” ingredient, a little something added toward the end of making a stew that secretly gives a dish oomph, in this case an earthy, nutty and rich flavor you can’t identify but makes you fall in love with your meal.