October 4, 2012

Lentil & Kale Soup

This simple and wonderful lentil soup is so healthy you'll want to eat it every day.  To tell the truth, I have been eating it almost every day for lunch.  It's so filling and flavorful and freezes exceptionally well.  The girls in the office stopped asking me what I brought for lunch because it's often left-over lentil soup.  When my husband travels a lot I like to make something that will last so I don't have to cook every night.  I made a big batch of this soup and froze more than half.  I've never felt the least amount of dread about what's in my lunch box when I have this soup to devour.  




There are many varieties of lentils and they come in a rainbow of colors.  Lentils are from the legume family and boast a respectable amount of vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals and protein.  Red lentils, pictured above, are not the powerhouse variety, but I love to cook with them anyway.  When added to soups and stews they add a delicate texture and flavor I love.  Lentils are also inexpensive and Health Magazine named them one of the five healthiest foods.  


I also added green lentils to blend the textures and health benefits.  As with dried beans, be sure to wash and pick over the lentils removing any debris.



Add a healthy bunch of chopped carrots and onions for flavor and color.



Wash and trim a big bunch of Kale, removing the tough stems.  Kale, the real super food, helps keep your immune system strong.  Kale cooks down quickly much like fresh spinach.



A big pot of healthy soup is like wearing a comfortable old sweater.  You know ... the one your family threatens to throw away if they ever get their hands on it.  Yes I have an ugly sweater my family hates.  Oh well, at least I don't wear it in Christmas card photos!



Maybe I should wear my sweater and eat this soup - that would be just heavenly :)

Lentil & Kale Soup
(adapted from a recipe in the November 2011 Taste of Home Magazine)
5 cups water
2 heaping tablespoons vegetable base (I used Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base)
2 cups sliced carrots
1 large sweet onion, diced
1/3 cup dry red lentils, rinsed
1/3 cup dry green lentils, rinsed
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups Kale, stems removed, cut into bite size pieces

In a large stock pot combine the water, vegetable base, carrots, onions, and lentils.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Stir in all remaining ingredients and return to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes until the Kale is wilted and soft.

Serve with a dash of hot sauce if desired.  Enjoy!

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I really do love this soup.  It makes me feel better about the cookies I ate last weekend :)  It's all in the balance - right?  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  I feel there is something with pumpkin in my future. How about yours???

 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tricia

22 comments:

  1. Love your soup description, Tricia. A cozy old sweater, a bowl of soup, this is deliciousness all wrapped up in comfort.

    The countdown is winding down. Can you believe how close you are to the wedding day????

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    1. I am sooooo excited Mary. You'd think I'm getting married. I stopped to get gas on the way to work yesterday and a complete stranger asked me what I was smiling about. I guess I really stood out because nobody smiles at the gas pumps these days! I am so happy for my son and my future daughter-in-law. They are so happy.

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  2. I've been ready to come home for several days--and now, even more so!
    I want to hug you...and then hug a big bowl of this soup...if there's any left. :)
    See you tonight.
    TH

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    1. Sorry but the soup is gone - I brought the last of it in my lunch today :( I can always make more! Hurry home - we have a wedding to get ready for! And we miss you!

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  3. Tricia, this soup looks and sounds heavenly! Gorgeous photos too! Oh, and I have a sweatshirt that's 15 years old! I pulled it out the other day and it was like finding an old friend - my husband hates it with the sleeves all frayed and the whole thing quite ugly (but bery loved, somewhat like the Velveteen Rabbit!)

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    1. Yes! I'm not the only one with a beautiful-ugly-favorite-old friend! If my old sweater would fall apart, I guess I would throw it away - but it washes up beautifully and still feels marvelous!

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  4. Tricia, this looks sublime - and we have about a ton of kale in the garden still, so it will definitely be on the rotation soon!

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  5. Tricia, we love lentil dishes. This is one great comfort soup.Perfect for the rainy and windy days over here.

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  6. What a beautiful soup. We love lentils, and I really like the rich color the tomato paste gives this. And garam masala is an interesting addition---thanks Tricia!

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  7. I've always wanted to try red lentils!

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  8. How perfect for a fall evening. This looks and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  9. My mom gave me her lentil soup recipe to make. It is pretty similar, I am definitely making it tomorrow! YUM, yours looks amazing.

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  10. Warm and comforting. Delicious!

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  11. Don't you just love when something so healthy also tastes good? Mmm mmm good!

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  12. I bought some beautiful kale yesterday and this soup looks good enough for a magazine. I've got to try it.

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  13. I am absolutely addicted to lentil soup. I am definitely going to have to make this soon!

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  14. Wow it doesn't get much healthier than this. What a fantastic recipe and perfect for the chilly fall weather we've had this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  15. Oh, do we love our lentils here! I've bookmarked this for my next soup craving! I love how healthy this soup looks! Thanks for sharing:)

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  16. That looks SO good. I actually want that for lunch right now. I love the addition of garam masala, and using both red and green lentils is SUCH a good idea, since the red ones get a bit mushy and I find the green keep their texture. It probably works out to be a really nice mix. :)

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  17. This has become one of my favorite soup recipes - and my family asks for it all the time! Hooray! :)
    Even though the soup is delicious, for some reason I always get these kind of "soapy" bubbles in the soup. It seems to happen after I add the kale, so I'm thinking that's the culprit. Doesn't effect the taste, but doesn't look too pretty. Anyone know why this happens or how to avoid it?

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    1. I have never had this happen and can't imagine why - bubbles? How odd. I usually buy organic kale for whatever reason. I would first try to buy the kale from a different produce market / grocery store. Maybe they spray it with something that causes the bubbles. You could also try washing the kale in a sink full of cool water with a little vinegar. Drain and rinse really well and see if that removes any residue that may be causing the bubbles. So sorry - hope this helps!

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