It’s cold. Like really, chilly, windy, cold. But also, its not that cold. I’m just being a big baby who can’t truly function in the Winter. Unless I have soup and nourishing teas and comfort foods. So, here ya go. Vegan. Warming. Good for you. Soup.
Let’s talk about a few of the ingredients: Sweet Potatoes are one of my favs this time of year and for good reason. Check out my last post for a bit o’nutrition facts on that adorable little orange tuber.
Lentils are a terrific source of plant based protein. Packing in almost 18 grams of protein per cooked cup, lentils rank among the highest levels of protein by weight than other plant based foods. They are also rich in amino acids, B vitamins, folate, iron, potassium and can contribute to heart health by lowering cholesterol due to their fiber content. Lentils are also really wallet friendly and such a necessary staple to any plant based kitchen. They cook relatively quickly and don’t require a long soaking process. I like to keep my pantry stocked with several varieties but for this recipe I used green lentils.
- 1 bunch spinach/kale (about 2 cups)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 quart vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup (green) lentils, soaked, rinsed and picked through
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus more to taste
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or replace with dried thyme)
- 1 bay leaf
- In a large stockpot, combine oil with onions, celery, carrots and sweet potatoes and cook for about 8 minutes until onions are translucent.
- Add garlic and stir to combine.
- Cook for 2minutes.
- Season with red pepper flakes and salt and add broth, water and lentils.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, add thyme and bay leaf. Partially cover pot.
- Simmer for 30-40 minutes, (until lentils are al dente and sweet potatoes are fork tender).
- Toss in the greens and taste for seasonings, adding more salt if desired.
- (If too thick for your taste, feel free to add a bit more water).
- Depending on type of lentil, you may need to cook the soup for a little bit longer, or add more water/broth.