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{38 Power Foods} Weight Watchers Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup

Quick, easy and deeply satisfying, give this hearty, earthy Weight Watchers Lentil and Swiss Chard soup a try.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 216
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, picked over, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups lightly packed thinly sliced swiss chard leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 teaspoons red wine vinegar, or to taste

Instructions

  • Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover the pot, allowing the mixture to simmer gently until the lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Stir in the chard, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chard is wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the vinegar.
  • Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt, pepper and/or vinegar as necessary.

Recipe Notes

I added about 1 cup of leftover cooked polenta to this soup so it wouldn't go to waste, which thickened it up quite a bit.
You could also and 1-2 cups of diced tomatoes along with the lentils and broth, for more color and flavor if you wanted.
Be sure to pick over your lentils and remove any stones. Every time I'm tempted to skip this step, I think back to a cooking class I took where the instructor explained she once found a small piece of metal in the lentils she was preparing for a catering event!
Serving size: 1-1/2 cups
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *5
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *1
Nutrition Facts
{38 Power Foods} Weight Watchers Lentil and Swiss Chard Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/2 cups)
Calories 216 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g48%
Protein 16g32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentil soup with swiss chard, low fat lentil soup, vegan lentil soup