*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
                            Mexican Lentil Soup
 Recipe By     : Delicious Decisions/tpogue@idsonline.com
 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Low Fat                          Beans/Legumes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    6      cups          nonfat chicken broth
    3      cups          water
    2      cups          lentils
    4                    bay leaves
      1/4  cup           garlic cloves -- chopped
    1 1/2  cups          celery -- chopped
    1 1/2  cups          carrots -- chopped
    1 1/2  cups          salsa -- green chili
    1      large         white onion -- chopped
    1      cup           ham -- chopped
    2      tablespoons   basil -- fresh chopped
      1/2  teaspoon      black pepper -- freshly ground
      1/4  cup           yellow cornmeal
 Bring three cups broth and three cups water to a boil in a large pot. Add lenti
 ls, bay leaves, and garlic. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add 
 remaining ingredients except corn meal and the reserve broth. Bring to a boil, 
 reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes. Stir in corn meal and cook an ad
 ditional 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not overcooked. Remove f
 rom heat and allow to cool.
 Puree the mixture in batches. Heat reserve stock and stir in puree. Serve in wa
 rmed soup bowls and garnish with a dollop of sour cream (Sour King) and sprigs 
 of cilantro.
 The soup will thicken as it cools because of the corn meal. When reheated it re
 turns to its original consistency. Additional broth or water ca be added to ach
 ieve desired thickness.
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 Per serving (excluding unknown items): 268 Calories; 4g Fat (13% calories from 
 fat); 22g Protein; 41g Carbohydrate; 10mg Cholesterol; 856mg Sodium
 NOTES : This recipe doubles well, and any extra soup can be frozen.  The recipe
  called for 2 cups of ham, I have reduced that to one cup. Also,  Sour King and
  cilantro can be added as the garnish.