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My first food featured for my Effortless Addition blog is Lentils. I thought I would put together this simple soup recipe that we enjoy in my home, it was inspired from this recipe I found online. I love how easy it is to customize this to your tastes and it makes a nice big batch so you can halve the recipe or freeze the leftovers for later.


  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small onions diced
  • 2-3 carrots diced
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed* and minced
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 cups dry lentils (any colour, feel free to mix varieties) – rinsed
  • 4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
  • 4 cups water (or more broth)
  • 1 large can (28 fl oz) of diced tomatoes (I use Glen Muir Fire Roasted for extra flavour)

salt to taste
black pepper

Optional add-ins:

  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar or lemon juice (I use balsamic vinegar)
  • shredded spinach (fresh or frozen) or shredded kale
  • parmigiana cheese


In a large pot heat up olive oil. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).

Add garlic, oregano and basil and cook an additional 2-3 minutes (this really infuses the flavour into the vegetables).

Add liquid (water/broth), tomatoes, lentils and bay leaf.

Bring to a boil and then turndown to low heat. Cook for 1-2 hours.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Vinegar or lemon can be added as well.

Add any additions and serve!!

Taste approved by River…

Angelina Jackson

About Angelina Jackson

My name is Angelina. I’m a stay at home mother of two energetic boys and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I have been interested in nutrition and healthy living for quite a few years but when my oldest son was born I really wanted to give him a great start in life and started to really dive in and educate myself. Prior to having my son I wasn’t doing anything I really felt passionate about and after having a conversation with somebody who asked if I was a nutritionist (I wasn’t yet), I started to think about the future and felt that this is the path I want to be on. I registered for the Holistic Nutritionist program at CSNN (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) and jumped right in. It has been one of the most awakening experiences of my life. I have learned so much and applied what I learned to myself and my family and would love to help others who are looking into practicing a more holistic approach in their everyday lives.