KALE LENTIL SOUP

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I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  For me, the week after halloween is always all about eating super clean to make up for any overindulgences of sweets.  Thus, this week will be some simple recipes that are extremely clean and healthy, and they are great for cleansing the system.  Tonight’s dinner was inspired by the following pin:

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I saw this and it looked so yummy that I knew I wanted to go with a soup that has Kale in it.  Kale is an excellent detox food.  It is filled with sulfur and fiber, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.  Some other health benefits of kale include the following.

  • High in iron
  • Low in calories and fat free
  • filled with powerful antioxidants
  • high in vitamin K
  • great for cardiovascular support
  • strongly anti-inflammatory
  • High in vitamin C – great for the immune system
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in calcium

It’s no secret that Kale is a superfood with all the media attention it has gotten lately, and while it is possible to overdo it with kale (as it is with any food), it is so full of nutrition that I knew this would be a food on my list this week.

I decided to simplify the recipe associated with this pin to make a light and easy soup that tastes delicious while helping to cleanse the body.  This recipe is SO easy to make, and it’s incredibly healthy.

KALE LENTIL SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 cups Red Lentils
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 handful chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • sea salt to taste

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Directions:

1.) Wash and chop your carrots, celery, and onions.  Remove rough stems from kale and chop.  Rinse your lentils.

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2.) In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery.  Cook till veggies start to sweat (about 5 minutes).

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3.) Add the water, kale and garlic powder to the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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4.) Remove from heat, and add the parsley and lemon juice.

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5.) Ladle into bowls, season with sea salt if desired, and serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

 

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