Turkey Lentil Soup

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This turkey lentil soup is a delicious way to get some extra protein and veggies into your diet. It not only tastes delicious, but is incredibly nutritious and filling.

turkey lentil soup

Soups are one of my favorite ways to get extra vegetables into my diet. In my opinion, it doesn’t even feel like I’m eating vegetables.

I love this turkey lentil soup recipe because it has lots of veggies but also provides a good amount of protein from the ground turkey and lentils.

While lentils are in the legume family and therefore considered a vegetable, they are special because they are high in protein compared to other vegetables.

If you are trying to eat more vegetables and boost your protein intake, this recipe is for you.

turkey lentil soup

Ingredients for Turkey Lentil Soup

Here are all of the ingredients you will need to make this turkey lentil soup. Be sure to stock up on the ingredients at the grocery store before diving into this recipe.

  • Oil: I used olive oil for this recipe
  • Onion: I like using yellow onion for this recipe
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Minced garlic: I use the jarred garlic and it works great
  • Ground turkey
  • Chicken broth: you can use low sodium if you need to, but personally I think the regular stuff makes the best soup
  • Dry lentils: I recommend using green lentils
  • Salt and pepper
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Tip: I like using green lentils for this recipe. 

turkey lentil soup

Should lentils be cooked before adding to soup?

Nope! The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t need to cook the lentils before adding them to the soup. They will cook just fine in the broth alongside the other veggies in the soup.

Plus, when you cook them in the flavorful broth, they absorb some of the flavor, making for an even more delicious soup.

Do you need to soak lentils for soup?

Nope! You don’t need to soak the lentils before adding them to the soup. While other beans may need soaking beforehand, lentils typically do not.

And that just makes this recipe even easier for you! Simply add them to the broth once directed in the recipe and you are good to go.

turkey lentil soup

How to make Turkey Lentil Soup

Step 1: Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Once warm, add the oil along with the onion, celery, carrot and minced garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant.

Step 2: Add ground turkey and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until browned. Gently break up and move around the turkey while it cooks.

Step 3: Then add chicken broth and dry lentils. Bring to a boil and cook for 40-50 minutes or until lentils have softened. 

Step 4: Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a bowl and serve with bread, rice or pasta.

turkey lentil soup

Is lentil soup good for you?

Yes! Lentil soup is not only delicious, it is a nutritious option that can help provide essential nutrients to your diet.

Just half a cup of boiled lentils contains about 115 calories, 9 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fat.

They contain about 6 grams of fiber and are an excellent source of folate, copper, manganese and phosphorus. Lentils are also a good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

Overall, lentils are a great addition to your diet and this turkey lentil soup is a great way to get in some more lentils.

Is lentil soup good for weight loss?

Potentially. Lentil soup is high in fiber, protein and has a high water content, all very important components of weight loss.

That being said, you can only lose weight if you are in a caloric deficit (you are burning more calories than you are consuming). While this turkey lentil soup can help you achieve a caloric deficit due to it being filling and satisfying, eating it won’t make you lose weight.

Focusing on high fiber, high protein and nutrient dense foods are a great place to start when it comes to weight loss. While it’s best to limit energy dense, hyper palatable foods, you don’t need to eliminate them completely.

turkey lentil soup

Can lentils replace meat?

Lentils can be a good replacement for meat if you are a vegan, vegetarian or just looking to incorporate more plant based meals into your diet.

Half a cup of lentils contains about 9 grams of protein and is a good source of iron. The main difference between lentils and meat is that lentils do not contain vitamin B12 and are not a complete protein source.

That being said, if you can simply add rice to lentils to make them a complete protein. If you are a vegan, it’s probably best to supplement with vitamin B12. But if you are only partially plant based, you probably don’t need to supplement.

Do lentils have more protein than chicken?

It really depends on the serving size, but when comparing by ounce, chicken is a better source of protein.

Lentils contains 5 grams of protein per 2 ounces while chicken breast contains 18 grams of protein per 2 ounces. 

That being said, lentils are still a good source of protein and can be used in vegetarian dishes to boost the protein content. 

You can also increase the portion of lentils you consume to help reach similar protein levels as chicken breast.

turkey lentil soup

Will lentils make you poop?

Yes! Lentils are a great source of fiber, which will help you poop if you have constipation. Half a cup of lentils contains about 6 grams of fiber.

Women should aim for about 25 grams of fiber daily while men should aim for 38 grams of fiber daily. Lentils can be a good portion of this fiber intake.

To break it down, you can reach 25 grams of fiber by consuming about 8-9 grams per meal (if you consume 3 meals a day). Just half a cup of lentils can bring you very close to that goal.

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Turkey and Lentil Soup

This warm and comforting soup is full of nutrients like protein and fiber!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup carrot diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups green lentils rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Once warm add olive oil. Then add diced onion, carrot, celery and minced garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, green lentils and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 40-50 minutes or until lentils are soft.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with rice, bread or pasta.
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