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Nourishing Lentil and Greens Soup with Turmeric

Nourishing Lentil and Greens Soup with Turmeric

50 MIN

Write this one in on those weeks when everyone could use a little antioxidant, anti-inflammatory pick me up. Prep the vegetables up to 4 days in advance and this comes together in about 45 minutes on a weeknight. Or make it ahead on Sunday and eat for days.

Golden Child

Turmeric, the spice that gives mustard and curry powder their golden hues, is a powerhouse spice credited with being potentially protective against some cancers and Alzheimer’s, and may be beneficial as an anti-inflammatory. Its health benefits are attributed to a primary compound, curcumin, which is the focus of many studies to better understand its proposed benefits. What we know for sure? Turmeric is delicious – warming and soothing. And when cooking with turmeric, be sure to include ground black pepper. It helps the body absorb the curcumin.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 8-10 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups brown lentils, picked over
  • 28-oz canned diced tomatoes in juice
  • 4 cups lightly packed shredded kale
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro and/or parsley*

*Don’t skimp on these!

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic, spices, salt, and pepper and cook 30 seconds. Stir in 8 cups of stock, lentils, and tomatoes and bring soup to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir in kale and cook for 5 minutes more, or until lentils are tender. If you prefer a brothier soup, add 1-2 cups additional vegetable stock. Stir in cilantro, check for seasoning (it will likely need more salt), and serve.

Recipe Notes

Meal Prep Tips: Up to 4 days ahead, chop onions, carrots, and celery. Refrigerate them (together is fine) in a sealed container. You may also like: Curried Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup, Slow Cooker Masala Lentil Dal

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