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Lentil and Kale Power Soup
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Lentil and Kale Power Soup

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 45 mins.

Lentils are loaded with fiber, folate, iron, protein, and other vitamins. Boost its iron fortifying properties by pairing it with a food containing vitamin C, (kale and lime).

 This inexpensive and really easy to make soup is an amazing iron-rich, protein-rich, fiber-rich dish.  It uses plenty of spices to perk it. It’s warming, flavorsome and so tasty.

 Serves 6

 Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 ½ cups Green Lentils (rinsed)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp of cayenne
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch Kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves sliced thin (about 2 cups)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoons fresh cilantro (optional)

 

Directions:

1.   Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.

2.   Sauté the shredded carrot, chopped onion, minced garlic, lentils and curry powder in the hot oil until softened (about 5 minutes).

3.   Pour in the broth and rest of ingredients.

4.   Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the lentils, carrots and potatoes are soft.

5.   Remove bay leaves. 

6.   For a creamier texture, purée half of the soup in a blender  or food processor and add it back to the pot.

7.   Simmer, uncovered, for 3 more minutes.

8.   Taste and season with more salt or pepper as needed, then stir in the lime juice.

9.   Remove from the heat and garnish with cilantro if using.

 

 *Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to a month.

*Enjoy with rice, quinoa or crusty bread for a simple hearty meal. Or add 2 inch tofu cubes for additional protein.

Being pregnant, I am always looking for good iron rich foods, and luckily for me, I've been craving lentils throughout my pregnancy. At first I just wanted more of the foods I already love, spicy, sour and salty snacks (aka hot sauce, lemonade and popcorn).  I've never been a soup drinker, but I've craved lentil soup almost everyday. They say girls make you crave ice cream, chocolate, and candy.  Not this one.  Give me more soup! 

 

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