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Friday, March 13, 2020

Spicy Lentil Soup

With everyone staying put because of the coronavirus it's a good time to cook up some healthy and sustaining meals. This lentil soup is packed with fresh veggies boosting the already protein rich lentils. Be healthy.
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup diced carrots
2 tbsps minced garlic
2 finely choppped thai chilis (optional)
4 cups broth (veg, chicken, turkey)
1 - 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
3/4 cup red split lentils
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp smoky paprika
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped kale
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
fresh parsley to garnish

Heat the oil in a large pot and add the onion and carrots. Cook on medium for 3 minutes. Then add the garlic and thai chilis and cook 1 more minute.

Pour in the broth and canned tomatoes and add all the seasonings. Add the lentils and bring everything to a boil. 

Simmer on medium low heat for about 35 minutes or until the lentils are cooked.
Add the kale and cook another 7-10 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the lemon juice for that final pop of flavour. If you find the soup too thick add more broth or up to 1 cup water. 
Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
Makes 6-8 servings

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