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Immune-boosting chicken and lentil soup

(via Skinny Taste)

This immune-boosting chicken and lentil soup is a comforting recipe to keep your body fighting during the colder weather, which is peak cold and flu season.

Souping is the new juicing. We love soups because they warm the soul, especially during the colder part of the year. All the nutritious ingredients come together and are alive in the bowl.

Mothers have been feeding their kids chicken soup for decades as a cold remedy and immune booster. This immune-boosting chicken and lentil soup is a great take on classic chicken soup.

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients.

Garlic:
This herb is a potent healing medicine. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is even known to reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis.

Onions:
Onions are an excellent source of a sulfur molecule called Onionin A, which inhibits the activity of the white blood cells that cause inflammation. Onions are also packed with antioxidants, the most potent being quercetin. This antioxidant also provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Tomatoes:
They are excellent foods for our heart health mostly due to lycopene, which is what gives tomatoes their red color. The lycopene helps protect the fats in our bloodstream from being damaged by oxygen. Tomatoes are also packed with vitamin E and C, which are believed to be great for overall heart health.

Ingredients:

1 lb dried lentils
12 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken thighs, all fat trimmed
8 cups water
1 small onion
2 scallions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic
1 medium ripe tomato
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp ground annato (or Spanish paprika, or even Sazon)
Himalayan salt, to taste

Directions:

• In a large pot combine lentils, chicken, water and chicken bullion.

• Bring to a boil, covered over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked, about 20 minutes.

• Remove the chicken and shred, return to the pot

• Meanwhile, in a chopper or by hand, mince the onions, scallions, cilantro, garlic, and tomato.

• Add to the lentils with garlic powder, cumin, oregano and annato and cook, covered until the lentils are soft, about 25 more minutes, adding more water as needed if too thick.

• Adjust salt to taste as needed.

Make sure ingredients are organic
Enjoy this immune-boosting chicken and lentil soup! 

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REFERENCES:
1. “Chicken and Lentil Soup.” Skinnytaste, Skinnytaste, 17 Feb. 2017, http://www.skinnytaste.com/lentil-and-chicken-soup-3-pts/ – _a5y_p=1096120.

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