Winter Lentil Soup

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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The Cookbook Challenge continues!!

Here’s another soup recipe from Real Simple Best Recipes: Easy, Delicious Meals. Chili for a Crowd and now Winter Lentil Soup. I guess I’m on a soup kick this week!


I halved the recipe and forgot to buy kale, so here are the ingredients that I used:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 leeks (white and light green parts), cut into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup brown lentils
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • Salt and black pepper




And here’s what I did with those ingredients:

I heated the oil in a large saucepan. Added the leeks and cooked, stirring occasionally, until they began to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Then, I added the tomatoes and cooked for 5 minutes.



Next, I stirred in the sweet potatoes and added 3 cups water.


Then, I added the lentils.


And thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.


I let the soup cook on medium-low heat until the sweet potatoes and lentils were tender, about 25-30 minutes.


This is the perfect soup for winter. Seriously. It’s full of flavor, comforting, hearty, and so tasty. I’m already looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!_MG_4049

Have you tried any new recipes from your cookbooks lately?



  1. Sounds delicious Tina, thanks for sharing! I also love how colorful and winter-like it looks, can’t wait to make it! I love lentils 🙂

  2. That looks like the definition of a winter soup–so appropriate that it has winter in the title! I’m currently scouring cookbooks for cookie recipes! Gotta be prepared for cookie swaps 🙂

  3. Yum! TIna this looks fab. I’ve wanted to cook with leeks ever since reading Skinny B*tch like 5 years ago – but have yet to try them out!
    I’m looking forward to cooking some soups and stews featured in this month’s Clean Eating 🙂

  4. …not from any cook books, but since I got sick over the weekend, I have been making a new soup pretty much every day. I’ve taken good notes and plan to blog about them as soon as I am feeling better 😀 The best part about them is that I had little to no enegry when I was making them, so you can be sure they’re easy to throw together.

  5. Wow, this looks fabulous! How many servings did it make when you halved the recipe? I recently tried butternut squash-black bean-swiss chard chili, and it was phenomenal! I love your recipe challenges and look forward to trying this one.

  6. Hi!

    Do you use a Garmin Forerunner when you run or have you heard of any reviews of Forerunners? I’m hoping to put one on my Christmas list and cannot (for the life of me) decide which one is the biggest bang for my buck (or Santa’s buck for that matter).

    Jessi 🙂

  7. This past Sunday I made a really yummy minestrone soup from my Cooking Light Slow Cooker cookbook. It seems like its hard to find healthy crockpot recipes (that don’t involve a can of cream of something soup) and that cookbook has some really nice ones.

  8. Great recipe – I’m with you on leftovers…I love them! And winter dishes tend to make the best leftovers. Chili, soups, etc. I haven’t tried any recipes from cookbooks lately but have been trying out recipes from bloggers. 🙂

  9. Hi Tina~
    I just started reading your blog and love it! Keep up the good work! And your new house is coming along so beautifully 🙂
    I had to tell my husband about how you love iced lattes (even when it’s chilly out) because he loves iced vanilla lattes and has one every morning 365 days of the year! Our family/friends thinks he’s strange since he has iced lattes when it’s a chilly Minnesota winter and how he should be drinking hot lattes! And now he’s got me hooked on the iced ones every now and then. I saw in your recent post you had a pumpkin spice latte, how do you make that one?

  10. I’ve been on a baking kick. I made banana bread over the weekend and I’m going to be making apple bread soon.

    I’ve been doing desserts lately; need to get into the main meals soon 🙂

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