Or “On the mend spiced red lentil-kale soup.”
With cold and flu season on the horizon you will want to keep these ingredients for the soup and the tea handy! This is our family’s favorite “sick soup.” It’s a little spicy for the kiddos so adjust seasonings according to taste. It is also a good preventative from even getting the crud.
The recipe is from “The Oh She Glows Cookbook” by Angela Liddon.
1 teaspoon coconut or olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, dived
1 bay leaf
1&1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4-1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juices
5-6 cups vegetable broth (more as needed)
1 cup uncooked red Lentils, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
2 handfuls destemmed kale leaves or spinach (I’ve used both)
Method: In large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and celery, season with salt and sauté a few minutes more making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
Add the bay leaf, cumin, chili powder, coriander, paprika, and cayenne and stir to combine. Sauté a few more minutes until fragrant.
Stir in tomatoes with juices, the veggie broth, and Lentils. Bring mixture to boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes until Lentils are tender and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf.
Stir in kale and cook for a few more minutes until kale has wilted. Serve immediately. (I like to make a double batch and freeze half.)
In a saucepan, bring four cups of water to a boil. Add 2 inches of sliced fresh turmeric root OR 1 teaspoon ground turmeric. I also add about 1 inch of fresh sliced ginger root. (You can leave the peel on both roots.)
Summer for about 10-15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh or cheesecloth.
Enjoy as is or add raw honey to taste.
Here is a link to the health benefits of Tumeric tea. Turmeric Tea Benefits
Stay well, my friends, and enjoy!