Tropical Traditions sent me a bottle of their Virgin Palm Oil for this review and giveaway. This is a healthy oil that never goes through any hydrogenation, the process that turns a healthy fat into a bad one with trans fats. What is special about this particular oil is the powerhouse of nutrition and benefits it contains along with giving your dishes an incredible flavor as I soon discovered.
I had never cooked with this red liquid oil before that is loaded with betacarotene (vitamin A) and lots of the antioxidant vitamin E until this morning. According to the label, this Virgin Palm Oil is perfect for frying, even deep-frying with exceptional resistance to rancidity.
Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil is definitely more for main dishes, soups, pizzas, vegetable dishes, casseroles than anything in the sweet dessert variety. I thought what better way to start using this oil than with a delicious vegetarian soup.
The spinach gives this simple soup something extra and will not require any noodles or rice because it's hearty enough! Also, it is so tasty beyond belief besides being wonderfully filling and relatively inexpensive. At the same time, it's good for your health and waistline. Trust me, you will definitely want to save this recipe because it is one to be cherished.
My Easy Red Lentil Vegetarian Soup--a Nuts Treasure!
2 tablespoons of Tropical Traditions Virgin Palm Oil
5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped fine
5 cloves of medium size garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1 can Dei Fratti Chopped Italian diced tomatoes (14. 5 oz.)
1 cup dried lentils, sorted and rinsed
6 oz. of frozen chopped spinach (half of a typical frozen bag)
6 cups of water
1 teaspoon of powdered cumin
Peel and clean your vegetables before chopping into slices and tiny onion and garlic pieces. Brown those veggies in your virgin palm oil until softened. Remove the pot from your heat and coat those vegetables with your flour before returning to your stove. Add the water and your tomatoes, cumin, salt and lentils until the vegetables and lentils are soft. The final step is stir in your spinach and heat through, then serve!
*Disclaimer: This is my own honest opinion. No money was exchanged. All I received was a free product so that I may give an opinion.*
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