If you’re looking for a low-calorie starter or meal that’s actually satisfying, soup is an excellent place to start. Soups are incredibly filling due to their very high water content. Soup makes you feel fuller on fewer calories than eating something which has less water in it.
And even if you’re not a fitness freak, you can still have benefit from this healthy soup recipe. As soups are a mix of whole grains, lean protein, and vegetables, you can get a complete meal in just one bowl.
If you’re planning to have a soup in your dinner, try our low-calorie Chicken soup with Lentils and Barley recipe instead of cracking open a can from the supermarket. We’re sure that this recipe will offer a satisfying lunch or dinner starter.
Chicken Soup with Lentils and Barley Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
What You Need?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped red or green bell pepper
- 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken (about 1/2 pound), chopped
- 1 16-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup dried brown lentils
- 1 cup sliced leeks
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Rinse lentils under cold running water; drain and set aside.
- Heat olive oil over a high flame in a large saucepan; add leeks, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until it gets tender.
- Stir in chicken broth, oregano, basil, black pepper, rosemary, and lentils. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover it and keep it on a simmer flame for 20 minutes.
- Stir in chicken, carrots, and barley. Simmer, covered, approximately for 20 minutes more, or until carrots get tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes; heat thoroughly and serve.
Whether you’re aiming for weight loss or just want to pack more vegetables into your diet, this recipe is worth a shot.