Since we were kids, we have been eating big bowls of soup, lovingly-made by our parents and grandparents to cure our colds and winter blues. But for those of us who don’t have a grandma on call to cook for us as needed, here’s a quick, easy and comforting lentil and vegetable soup recipe that is packed full of nutrients to nourish and heal us.
Tip: Using all organic vegetables is ideal, to reduce your intake of toxins and chemicals. But, if buying all organic has you worrying about breaking the bank, check out the ‘Dirty Dozen’ (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php) to see which vegetables are most likely to have the highest chemical and pesticide content. In this recipe, celery is the only vegetable on the Dirty Dozen list, so be sure to get that one organic if you can!
- 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 3-4 organic carrots, chopped
- 4-5 organic celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup organic broccoli, chopped loosely
- 3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed
- 3/4 cup green lentils, rinsed or soaked for a few hours
- 3 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 6 cups of filtered water
- 2 tsp of sea salt
- 2-3 handfuls of kale, ripped into little pieces
- Put olive oil into your soup pot and turn on burner to medium to heat the oil. Add chopped onion after a couple minutes, and sauté until it is translucent (about 5 minutes).
- Meanwhile, wash and then chop the carrots, celery and broccoli. Add to the pot with the onion.
- Rinse the lentils in a fine mesh sieve while the vegetables are sautéing. Add the lentils and the water to the pot.
- Add the sea salt and the lemon juice (but not the kale!).
- Turn the heat up to bring the mixture to a boil, and then turn it down to medium-low to simmer.
- Cover with a lid and let simmer for 20-25 minutes; until the lentils have expanded and the carrots are soft. While the soup is simmering, wash and rip the kale into small pieces.
- When soup is done, turn burner off and let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool a little.
- Blend with an immersion blender, either fully for a cream soup or partially for a hearty, chunky soup.
- Add the kale and mix thoroughly to soften kale.