Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 35 minutes

Lentils are a fantastic source of fiber and protein that literally soak up the flavors in this hearty vegetarian soup. This is a great dish to cozy up to on a cold winter day, but with so much nutrition packed into each delicious bowl, it is something you’ll want to have all year round. This is a recipe where delicious and healthy truly come together. Serve with a tossed salad for a perfect meatless meal!

Makes 4 Lunch Portions

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

1 cup diced carrot

1/2 cup diced celery

1 tablespoon minced garlic

4 cups vegetable broth

1 cup green or brown lentils

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with liquid

2 bay leaves

3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups chopped kale

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat.

2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes.

3. Raise the heat to high and add the vegetable broth, lentils, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, and cumin.

4. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender. If soup is too thick, add water 1/4 cup at a time until your desired consistency is reached.

5. Add the kale, lemon juice, and salt to the pot, cover, and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes before serving.

Helpful Tip: When cooking with lentils, it is recommended that you first sift through them to discard any irregular-looking lentils, as they may actually be a small stone.

Recommended Serving: 2 cups= 300 Calories

Mona Dolgov

Nutritionist, cookbook author, and product development expert Mona Dolgov lives her lifelong mission of creating healthier food products, recipes and inventing simple culinary tricks to easily create practical and healthier lifestyles. She has authored and published over 20 cookbooks for kitchen appliances, health and wellness products and grocery retailers, focused on simplicity and using nutritious ingredients.

She recently co-authored The Perfect Portion Cookbook a 5-star rated cookbook (with Hollywood star Anson Willams) that makes American classics healthier and guides consumers to healthier portion control. This book (and Mona) was featured on the Today Show, The Doctors, Huffington Post, and on several talk shows throughout the United States.

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