Sunday, May 6, 2018

Swiss Chard and Lentil Soup by Tina Kashian #bookgiveaway

LUCY BURDETTE: Today MLK welcomes Tina Kashian with a delicious recipe for soup and a giveaway for her new book, HUMMUS AND HOMICIDE! Welcome Tina!

TINA KASHIAN: Thank you for inviting me as a guest in your kitchen! I love to cook all types of cuisine. I grew up in a family-owned restaurant in New Jersey. My Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series is set in a Mediterranean restaurant at the Jersey shore.

In Hummus and Homicide, Lucy Berberian is a recovering lawyer who returns to Ocean Crest, NJ and her family’s restaurant, Kebab Kitchen. Lucy doesn’t know how to cook and she has to learn from her mother. This made for some funny scenes. Lucy soon finds herself in trouble when her high school rival, the current health inspector, eats at the restaurant’s hummus bar, then dies in the parking lot. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect.

As for me, I have two young girls. I have been trying to limit red meat and get the girls to eat more vegetables. I went through my mother’s recipes and found one for Mediterranean lentil and swiss chard soup. My kids will not eat swiss chard, but surprisingly, if it’s incorporated into soup, they eat it and even like it. Score for the parents!

I hope you’ll stop by to learn more about my Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series at

Swiss Chard and Lentil Soup by Tina Kashian

This Mediterranean soup is super healthy and full of fiber. The swiss chard adds flavor without overpowering the dish.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour


½ lb dry Lentils

2 tbsp olive Oil

1 tbsp butter

1 small onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 carrot chopped

1stalk celery chopped

3 cups swiss chard, washed, stemmed and chopped.

4 cups chicken broth

1 cup water

1 tsp salt or to taste

1 tbsp lemon or to taste

Put dry lentils in a bowl and check for small stones that can naturally occur.

In a soup pot, heat oil and butter. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Stir and sauté over medium heat for 15 minutes or until onions are transparent.

Add chicken broth, water, and lentils. Simmer for ½ hour.

Add swiss chard, salt, and lemon. Simmer for another fifteen minutes or until lentils and swiss chard are tender.

Add hot water if you prefer thinner soup.


Tina Kashian is an attorney and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit her website at to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!

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GIVEAWAY! Please share! What’s your favorite healthy dish? I’m offering a print (U.S. only) or ebook (your choice) of Hummus and Homicide to one commenter. Thank you!

A Kebab Kitchen Mystery

When Lucy Berberian quits her Philadelphia law firm and heads home to Ocean Crest, she knows what she’s getting—the scent of funnel cake, the sight of the wooden roller coaster, and the tastes of her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. But murder wasn’t on the menu…

Things are slow in the off-season in this Jersey Shore town, but Lucy doesn’t mind. She doesn’t even mind waitressing at the Kebab Kitchen. Her parents have put in a new hummus bar, with every flavor from lemon to roasted red pepper. It’s fun to see their calico cat again, and to catch up with her old BFF, who’s married to a cop now.

She could do without Heather Banks, though. The Gucci-toting ex-cheerleader is still as nasty as she was back in high school…and unfortunately, she’s just taken over as the local health inspector. Just minutes after eating at the Kebab Kitchen—where she’s tallied up a whole list of bogus violations—she falls down dead in the street. Word on the grapevine is it’s homicide, and Lucy’s the number one suspect…

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  1. The soup sounds wonderful! I got the book as well. I love books with recipes.

    1. Hi Dee. I also love cozy mysteries with recipes and have tried quite a few. I hope you enjoy the book and the soup. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I really do not have one special dish. I try to eat in moderation. I also like to try the new recipes.

    1. Hi Leona. We have been trying new recipes with the girls. They even like to cook some easy dishes. I've also been trying to eat in moderation and less red meat.

  3. I love lentil soups so this will fit into my rotation nicely. For healthier dishes I am fond of vegetarian chili, Vietnamese summer rolls (lost of finely cut vegetables, herbs, and rice noodles in a rice wrapper, shrimp can be added for those who wish, served with nuoc cham), and Indonesian Gado Gado (a platter of steamed and fresh vegetables cut into crudite size and served with a peanut sauce).
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  4. Hello Lil. You sound like me. I've always loved lentil soup. I also like a good vegetarian chili. The Vietnamese summer rolls sound delicious! I'll have to try these.

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  6. What a delectable soup which I would enjoy. I make many healthy dishes and my favorite one is tilapia with kale and brussels sprouts. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I love tilapia. Also salmon. Adding kale and brussel sprouts sounds very healthy. Thank you.

  7. The soup sounds delightful (I'm a lentil lover, too). Being a heart patient, I look for recipes that tend to be low sodium and the only thing I might change out would be the chicken broth for low sodium chicken broth. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to check out this book for my kindle... ;)