As the summer season is starting to transition to autumn, I have been thinking about how the seasons affect the food we eat and the comfort they bring us. One of my favourite autumn meals is a good hearty bowl of soup and a slice of crusty bread. This lentil soup is so easy to make, takes very little time and effort and is incredibly filling. All of the ingredients are easy to find and we usually have the ingredients in the pantry left over from other recipes. Lentils are low in calories, high in protein and are filled with iron and minerals!
- 1.5 cups of chopped spinach or kale
- coconut oil
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 .5 litres of vegetable broth
- 1 diced onion
- 1 diced red pepper
- 3 stalks of celery diced
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1.5 cups of dried lentils rinsed. Any lentils are good but my favourite for this recipe is brown or green lentils.
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- The juice of 2 limes
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cumin, Tumeric and Curry powder ( I use 1 tbsp of each however I encourage you to suit it to your taste buds)
- Handful of coriander
In a large soup pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, red peppers and celery. Once the onion is tender, stir in your spices and garlic and let cook while stirring for 2 minutes.
Add the entire can of diced tomatoes (along with the juice) as well as the vegetable broth and coconut milk. Stir and let simmer for 45 min-1 hour. Check the lentils and once they are tender, you can remove from the heat. I like my lentil soup with a little bit of chew to the lentils so I let mine simmer for 45 minutes.
Right before you plan on serving the soup, stir in the chopped spinach, coriander, salt and pepper and lime juice.
HELPFUL TIPS: The coconut oil can be subbed for olive or avocado oil. When using kale instead of spinach, the kale will need about 15 min to wilt and soften up. When I want to kick up the soup an extra notch, I will add about 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes.
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