Lentil Soup

Animal products contain large quantities of saturated fat and cholesterol and have no dietary fiber.  The U.S. Surgeon General has stated that 68 percent of all diseases are diet related.  A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains (free from animal products) can prevent, improve, and sometimes cure breast cancer, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, impotence, and obesity.

So I didn’t know I was such a huge fan of lentil soup until I was back in my hometown over winter break.  I went to one of my favorite Greek restaurant’s and it turned out that their special included a free cup of soup with any entrée.  Lentil was the only vegetarian option so I went for it.  Turns out I LOVE lentil soup!  Tonight was my first time making it and I derived my recipe from 3 different recipes that I found in cook-books and the Internet.  It turned out DELICIOUS 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 redskin potato, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1 tomato diced or sliced
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 1 lb (16 oz) dried lentils
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • 2 cups kale, peel into small pieces stems optional, spinach can be a substitute for kale
  • pepper

Prep Time: 12 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

  1. Cook olive oil, celery, onion, carrots, garlic, potato, and salt on the stove for about 5-8 minutes so the onions and potatoes start to change colors.  Stir the veggies occasionally.
  2. Add the vegetable broth, tomato, lentils, and seasonings.  Simmer for an hour, and stir occasionally.
  3. After an hour, add kale or spinach and cook for another 5-8 minutes. Add pepper to taste.

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