Slow-Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6 cups vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1 3/4 cups lentils
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach or one 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. Combine onions, carrots, garlic, oil, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add broth, water, cauliflower, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  2. Cover and cook until the lentils are tender, 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in spinach. Just before serving, stir in cilantro and lemon juice.

Nutritional Information:  

153 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 10 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 189 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,735 IU vitamin A; 28 mg vitamin C; 84 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 200 mg sodium; 690 mg potassium. Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cups

Recipe originally appeared in EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

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