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Anna Chiarini: Spicy Lentil Soup with Grilled Chicken & Almond Cream with our Family Reserve Arbequina EVOO

This spicy, hearty and comforting soup is inspired by Moroccan cuisine. It can be enjoyed both for lunch and dinner. Lentils are rich in fiber and protein, with significant amounts of manganese, iron, phosphorus, thiamin and vitamin B6.

Couscous is a very good source of selenium. The spices will keep you warm and boost your energy. They have additionally antiinflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Chicken meat is a good source phosphorus, selenium, niacin and other B complex vitamins.

INGREDIENTS

Reserva Familiar Arbequina

  • 240 g = 8½ oz Chicken breast (high quality, from a reliable source)

Crema de almendras

Spicy Lentil Soup:

  • 800 ml = 3⅓ cup Water
  • 200 g = 7 oz Lentils (for example green)
  • 100 g = 3½ oz Couscous
  • 1 onion
  • 200 g = 7 oz Carrots
  • 200 g = 7 oz Tomatoes
  • 50 g = 1¾ oz Celery
  • 2 g = 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 g = 1 tsp Cumin
  • 0,75 g = ⅓ tsp Cinnamon
  • 30 ml = 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • To taste – Chili (fresh)
  • To taste – Cilantro (optional; garnish)
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Castillo de Canena Family Reserve Arbequina
  • To taste – Salt

PREPARATION

Almond Cream:
Soak the almonds overnight. Blend the almonds, olive oil, water and salt until smooth and creamy. Adjust water and seasoning if necessary.

Spicy Lentil Soup:
Soak the lentils overnight. Boil them in salted water and set aside. Boil the couscous in salted water and set aside.
Heat up some olive oil in a large pot. Add chopped onions and let it caramelize. Add chopped carrots and tomatoes, and let them caramelize as well.

Add turmeric, cumin and cinnamon. Add celery. Mix well. Then add water and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for a while. Using an immersion (hand) blender carefully blend the soup.

Then stir in lemon juice and add chili peppers. Simmer for few minutes more. In the meantime slice the chicken and then grill it to your liking.
Assemble the dish as in the photo or to your liking.

 

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