Temperatures are crisp and cool in the evenings and vibrate colors are starting to explode on the trees. Fall has finally arrived! With the arrival of cooler weather, thoughts of delicious, homemade soup come to mind. I have a great lentil soup recipe to warm your body and soul.
Take time this week to get in your kitchen, chop a few veggies and watch your lentils turn into a delicious and nutritious brew of goodness. This lentil soup recipe is a great meal as the weeks get cooler. It will keep you full and satisfied while keeping your body slim and healthy.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 small onion, minced
1 large celery rib, minced
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, shredded
1 large carrot, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 cup brown lentils
3 cups broth of your choice (or water)
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper Spinach or kale (optional)
CREATE YOUR SOUP BASE: In a large pot, add coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Then add your minced onion, celery, garlic, ginger, carrot, and bay leaf. Sauté until soft (about 2 to 3 minutes).
ASSEMBLE THE SOUP: Add brown lentils and broth (or water) along with sea salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. The soup is done when the lentils are tender but still holding their shape.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Add greens like spinach or kale at the end if you would like. Allow the soup to settle for about an hour before eating for the best flavor. I add the greens in when the soup is done cooking and stir for 30 seconds to allow the greens to soften.
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