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Moroccan Lentil & Vegetable Soup for Diabetics



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 container (32 ounces) low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or basil


Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in lentils, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and black pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add broth, celery, and sun-dried tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 25 minutes.

Stir in squash and bell pepper; cover and cook 10 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Top with plum tomatoes, parsley, and cilantro just before serving.

Tip: Many soups, including this one, taste even better the next day after the flavors have had time to blend. Cover and refrigerate the soup overnight, reserving the plum tomatoes, parsley, and cilantro until ready to serve.

Yield: 6 servings.

Serving size: 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 131 calories, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Protein: 8 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 264 mg, Fiber: 2 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 Bread/Starch, 1/2 Fat, 1 Vegetable.

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