Naihomy Jerez taps into her Dominican heritage to whip up this savory, super-healthy and totally sabroso lentil soup full of flavor and vegetables. She uses traditional ingredients from her family’s culinary roots, like limes, yuca and auyama pumpkin.
This soup reflects Naihomy’s philosophy of healthying up favorite traditional D.R. dishes. It all began with a dressing room mirror, a couple years ago. “After having kids, I accepted the fact that I was just going to be heavier and keep most of the baby weight forever. Any hope of losing weight would only happen from crash dieting—and fajas. One day I was trying on girdles in a department store, and it just wasn’t working. I could not accept this was going to be my life. I promised myself I would lose weight the old-school way: through healthy eating and exercise.”
And she did.
Naihomy went on to lose—and keep off—50 pounds. She credits dishes like this lentil soup with how she did it. She’s since made it her mission to help women like her, especially Latinas who love their arroz y habichuelas, get and stay healthy. Oh, and about that arroz: use brown rice in your favorite Latino dishes, says Naihomy.
She’s even got her family on board. “I make this lentil soup about once a month. I love that I can make a big batch and it freezes so well,” Naihomy says. “I can use a frozen batch when I have many clients and am not able to cook. Everyone loves it, including my kids.”