Quinoa, Kale, Lentil Soup for a Cold Night…

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Last night I made this amazing soup that wow’d the family… so I thought you should have it. I mean, who doesn’t love a savory warm soup on a cold January night?!

And don’t worry: the hardest part of this recipe is literally having the ingredients on hand. This is me, remember: if it doesn’t cook quick and easy, I’m probably not making it. LOL

Here ya go… let me know how it turns out!

  • approx 1/4 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and diced
  • 1.5 cups dried lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • 1 small bunch of kale, stems trimmed off and diced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots (I used the bite sized carrots and cut them into little circles)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups pre-cooked quinoa
  1. Warm a soup pot and add the EVOO.
  2. Saute the onion for about a minute then add the garlic. Continue to saute (stirring constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn) until onion is translucent.
  3. Add the dry lentils to the pot.
  4. Add broth,  cumin, soy sauce, and black pepper. Bring pot to a boil, then cover and turn down to medium low to simmer until beans are tender. This should take about 10-15 minutes… so start keeping an eye on them after about 10 minutes. (You don’t want it to crazy boil because it will demolish the beans. Just a gentle simmer is what you’re looking for.)
  5. When beans are tender, add the chopped kale and carrots. Push all the veggies down into the beans, recover, and simmer for 5 or so more minutes (until veggies are tender). If you need a little more liquid so that everything submerges, add a little extra water. You want the soup thick, but still soupy.
  6. Remove from heat and serve!

DSC02817To serve: dish up 1/2 cup quinoa and ladel 1 cup soup over the top for bigger eaters (or 1/4 cup quinoa to 1/2 cup soup for smaller eaters). Top off with some ground chili paste or crushed red chili peppers. Lick your lips… enjoy!

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Elisha

 

 

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